Social Interaction through movement : concepts from perception-action interplay

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the NIPS 2006 Workshop on Grouding Perception, Knowledge and Cognition in Sensori-Motor experience, 4-9 December 2006, British Columbia, Canada
    Place of PublicationVancouver
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Eventconference; NIPS; 2006-12-04; 2006-12-09 -
    Duration: 4 Dec 20069 Dec 2006


    Conferenceconference; NIPS; 2006-12-04; 2006-12-09


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