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.
Joint actions pose unique challenges that people acting alone do not face. For example, how do people keep track of shared goals, or goals they can only achieve by acting together with another person? We have examined this question in ensemble music performance, asking whether and how people represent and monitor the whole musical piece in addition to each person’s individual musical part. In collaboration with Dimitrios Kourtis at Ghent University (Belgium) and Inti Brazil at Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands), we are currently extending this research to simpler actions that novices can easily perform.
Loehr, J.D., & Vesper, C. (2016). The sound of you and me: Novices represent shared goals in joint action. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69, 535-547.
Loehr, J.D., Kourtis, D., & Brazil, I.A. (2015). It's not just my fault: Neural correlates of feedback processing in solo and joint action.Biological Psychology, 111, 1-7.
Loehr, J. D., Kourtis, D., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2013). Monitoring individual and joint action outcomes in duet music performance. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 1049-1061.