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People WatchingSocial, Perceptual, and Neurophysiological Studies of Body Perception$
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Kerri Johnson and Maggie Shiffrar

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393705.001.0001

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Coordinating Social Beings in Motion

Coordinating Social Beings in Motion

(p.234) Chapter 14Coordinating Social Beings in Motion
People Watching

Kerry L. Marsh

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a body-movement-based account of how essential our bodies, embedded in a social environment, are to social interaction. Evidence suggests that multiple bodies in motion are interdependent and coordinated such that, through self-organization processes, body movements are pulled toward universal patterns of synchrony. Consequently, through mutual response and adaptation to one another’s actions, individuals shift from being autonomous to coordinated units.

Keywords:   bodies in motion, temporal synchrony, coordinated action, dynamical system, cooperative action, interdependent movement, ecological perception, congruency of movement, embodied cooperation, joint action affordance

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