Seminar Series

"Joint action: Bodies and minds moving together"

Humans have an amazing ability to perform actions together. Engaging in joint action allows us to achieve outcomes that we could not achieve alone. Think of carrying a washing machine up a staircase, rowing a canoe together, or performing a piano duet. My talk will address current research addressing the nonverbal cognitive and brain processes that support our ability to perform actions together. These include processes for sharing action plans, for understanding and predicting what others are doing and will be doing, and for coordinating our actions with others'. It is likely that the emerging ability to flexibly perform actions together formed a crucial component in accelerating the evolution of human culture.