Coordinating Social Beings in Motion

Kerry L. Marsh

in People Watching

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195393705
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979271 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

Coordinating Social Beings in Motion

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This chapter offers a body-movement-based account of how essential our bodies, embedded in a social environment, are to social interaction. Evidence suggests that multiple bodies in motion are interdependent and coordinated such that, through self-organization processes, body movements are pulled toward universal patterns of synchrony. Consequently, through mutual response and adaptation to one another’s actions, individuals shift from being autonomous to coordinated units.

Keywords: bodies in motion; temporal synchrony; coordinated action; dynamical system; cooperative action; interdependent movement; ecological perception; congruency of movement; embodied cooperation; joint action affordance

Chapter.  13181 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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