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Trends Cogn Sci. 2006 Feb;10(2):70-6. Epub 2006 Jan 10.

Joint action: bodies and minds moving together.

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Psychology Department, Smith Hall, 101 Warren Street, Newark, NJ 07102, USA. sebanz@psychology.rutgers.edu

Abstract

The ability to coordinate our actions with those of others is crucial for our success as individuals and as a species. Progress in understanding the cognitive and neural processes involved in joint action has been slow and sparse, because cognitive neuroscientists have predominantly studied individual minds and brains in isolation. However, in recent years, major advances have been made by investigating perception and action in social context. In this article we outline how studies on joint attention, action observation, task sharing, action coordination and agency contribute to the understanding of the cognitive and neural processes supporting joint action. Several mechanisms are proposed that allow individuals to share representations, to predict actions, and to integrate predicted effects of own and others' actions.

PMID:
16406326
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2005.12.009
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