In the BrAIn Lab, we study how people perform actions alone and together with other people. Current projects focus primarily on joint actions, in which two or more people coordinate their actions to achieve a shared goal, such as a musical duet, a conversation, or moving a couch from point A to point B. The links below provide more information about the types of questions we’re currently investigating.
When you see two people walking down a sidewalk with their feet in lock step, do you automatically assume they intended to synchronize their steps? What if you see two soldiers performing a drill together? In collaboration with Terry Eskenazi at the École Normale Supérieure (France) and Cordula Vesper at Central European University (Hungary), we have recently begun investigating how people understand others’ intentions when they watch people perform joint actions together.