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Social interaction through movement: concepts from perception-action interplay

posted Sep 2, 2008, 10:40 AM by Brian Tanner   [ updated Sep 2, 2008, 11:02 AM ]

Emilia I. Barakova

The human brain has evolved for governing motor activity by transforming sensory patterns to patterns of motor coordination. Movement and action (action is understood as purposeful movement) are the primary expressions of behaviour. Tracing the evolution of species, movement takes incrasingly more complex and abstract forms. By humans, movement is grounding cognition, language, and even social interaction. Interaction through movement and its implications for creation of social agents are discussed in an attempt to outline a new design framework. After reviewing the main frameworks on perception and action and the design concepts they suggest, we choose the common coding paradigm as a basis for design of social interactions. The common coding is supported by the latest discoveries in neuroscience and experimental psychology. In particular, the discovery of the mirror neuron system in humans have given new dimension of understanding the sensorimotor system and its interaction to a complex environment, including the interactions with another agents. This design paradigm is illustrated by an experiment.