When acting on the environment with another, it is critical that we understand the actions made possible by not only the properties of the environment, but by the capacity of the dyad. How we perceive these action possibilities, or affordances, for the dyad is a fundamental question in understanding joint action. The proposed project, JAP, aims to provide one of the first systematic and interdisciplinary – combining behavioural and neurophysiological data – investigations into the conditions under which affordances for the dyad (or joint affordances) are perceived, as well as the processes that underpin them.
The present project will use object-based stimulus-response compatibility paradigms, which produce response time and error data that can be used to measure affordance-elicited motor activation. Additionally, eye-tracking and electroencephalogram (EEG) data will be collected during these tasks to answer questions about the processes by which joint affordances are perceived. This data will be used to study: (1) the role of attention in joint affordances, (2) how perceiving others’ actions informs one’s own affordance perception, and (3) how social bonds modulate affordance perception.
Results from the proposed studies will provide novel insight into how we can rapidly and efficiently form joint action plans that account for action-relevant properties of the dyad and environment.
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