How t(w)o act together
Humans are remarkably skilled at coordinating their actions with one another. Examples range from lifting a box together to dancing a tango or playing a piano duet. What are the cognitive and neural mechanisms that enable people to engage in joint actions? In this talk, I will review recent studies addressing how individuals include others in their action planning and how they achieve the fine-grained temporal coordination that is essential for many different types of joint action. I will also discuss how differences in roles, expertise, and perspective affect collaboration and individual learning through joint action.