Journal article

Mutual coordination strengthens the sense of joint agency in cooperative joint action

Nicole K Bolt, Evan M Poncelet, Benjamin G Schultz, Janeen D Loehr

CONSCIOUSNESS AND COGNITION | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2016

Abstract

Philosophers have proposed that when people coordinate their actions with others they may experience a sense of joint agency, or shared control over actions and their effects. However, little empirical work has investigated the sense of joint agency. In the current study, pairs coordinated their actions to produce tone sequences and then rated their sense of joint agency on a scale ranging from shared to independent control. People felt more shared than independent control overall, confirming that people experience joint agency during joint action. Furthermore, people felt stronger joint agency when they (a) produced sequences that required mutual coordination compared to sequences in which ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada [Canada Graduate Scholarship]


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the University of Saskatchewan and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada [Canada Graduate Scholarship and grant number 2108299]. The authors thank Karen Grace-Martin at The Analysis Factor for assistance with statistical analyses.