Joint Action

Course Description: 

This course will cover recent theories and empirical research on joint action. The focus will be on ongoing research in our lab. Specific topics include the role of thinking and planning ahead as well as research focusing on basic perceptual and motor processes that allow people to perform highly coordinated actions such as playing a piano duet together. We will discuss behavioral and neuroscience experiments with a focus on studies that have been conducted by members of our lab. The course will also include experimental demonstrations to provide an overview of different research methods that are used in joint action research.

Venue during Fall term 2016/17:

-Sept 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20 and 27: Oct 6, 7 room 401

-Nov 3-dec 15: Oct 6,7 Room 201


Learning Outcomes: 


By the end of this course, students will:

know philosophical, psychological, and neuroscience accounts of joint action

be familiar with experimental methods used in joint action research

be able to evaluate experimental designs and their implications for theory

be able to identify open research questions in joint action research


Course Requirements (for Pass)


(1)   Presentation of a research idea related to joint action research. This will be a short presentation (15 minutes + discussion) of a research idea that turns a theoretical question in joint action research into an experiment testing a specific hypothesis. The presentation will specify the link between theory and data, the study design, the material and/or apparatus used, the measures recorded, and the predicted results.

(2)   Contributions to discussion, lab demos. Attendees are expected to be present during all sessions and to contribute with questions and comments to the discussions.