Category Archives: Human interactions

Extended cognition and the space of social interaction

The extended mind thesis (EM) asserts that some cognitive processes are (partially) composed of actions consisting of the manipulation and exploitation of environmental structures. Might some processes at the root of social cognition have a similarly extended structure? In this … Continue reading

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Scaling laws of human interaction activity

Even though people in our contemporary technological society are depending on communication, our understanding of the underlying laws of human communicational behavior continues to be poorly understood. Here we investigate the communication patterns in 2 social Internet communities in search … Continue reading

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The Distributed Cognition Perspective on Human Interaction

What comes to mind when a social or cognitive scientist thinks about “human interaction”? The answer surely depends on the scientist’s field of study and most of us learn images of interaction implicitly as part of being socialized into a scientific community. In some … Continue reading

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Cognition at the heart of human interaction

Sometimes it is thought that there are serious differences between theories of discourse that turn on the role of cognition in the theory. This is largely a misconception: for example, with its emphasis on participants’ own understandings, its principles of … Continue reading

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Joint Action: Neurocognitive Mechanisms Supporting Human Interaction

Humans are experts in cooperating with each other when trying to accomplish tasks they cannot achieve alone. Recent studies of joint action have shown that when performing tasks together people strongly rely on the neurocognitive mechanisms that they also use … Continue reading

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Wired to Be Social: The Ontogeny of Human Interaction

Newborns come into the world wired to socially interact. Is a propensity to socially oriented action already present before birth? Twin pregnancies provide a unique opportunity to investigate the social pre-wiring hypothesis. Although various types of inter-twins contact have been … Continue reading

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Identifying the Structural Discontinuities of Human Interactions

The idea of a hierarchical spatial organization of society lies at the core of seminal theories in human geography that have strongly influenced our understanding of social organization. In the same line, the recent availability of large-scale human mobility and … Continue reading

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