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 flick a light switch and a light turns on, you experience a sense of self-agency – a sense that “I turned on the light.” But what if you have to coordinate with a partner to turn on the light? Our research shows that you may experience a sense of joint agency – a feeling that “we turned on the light together.” We are currently investigating the behaviours and brain signals that cause people to experience joint agency, as well as how joint agency influences group cohesiveness, task performance, and self-agency.
Bolt, N. K., & Loehr, J. D. (2017). The predictability of a partner's actions modulates the sense of joint agency. Cognition, 161, 60-65.
Bolt, N. K., Poncelet, E. M., Schultz, B. G., & Loehr, J. D. (2016). Mutual coordination strengthens the sense of joint agency in cooperative joint action. Consciousness and Cognition, 46, 173-187.
Loehr, J. D. (2013). Sensory attenuation for jointly produced action effects. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 172.