Joint actions with or without shared visual information

Talk by Cordula Vesper, School of Communication and Culture

2017.08.29 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Tue 07 Nov
Time 11:00 13:00
Location IMC Meeting Room. Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312, 8000 Aarhus C


Visual information about another person’s actions provides many cues that can be used to predict the unfolding of that action. But what role does visual information play in joint action settings in which two or more people coordinate their actions to achieve a common goal? In contrast to pure observation, acting with others requires that co-actors adjust to each other to ensure overall smooth task performance. I will present data from different joint action studies that suggest, first, that co-actors actively enhance the availability of visual cues to support prediction processes for their partner and, second, that in the absence of visual information, co-actors rely on a variety of other mechanisms to successfully coordinate actions with each other.


Cordula Vesper, Assistant Professor, School of Communication and Culture - Semiotics