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    Agreeing is not enough
    with Johanne Stege Bjørndahl, Svend østergaard, and Kristian Tylén
    Interaction Studies. Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systemsinteraction Studies / Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systemsinteraction Studies 16 (3): 495-525. 2015.
    Collaborative interaction pervades many everyday practices: work meetings, innovation and product design, education and arts. Previous studies have pointed to the central role of acknowledgement and acceptance for the success of joint action, by creating affiliation and signaling understanding. We argue that various forms of explicit miscommunication are just as critical to challenge, negotiate and integrate individual contributions in collaborative creative activities. Through qualitative micro…Read more
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    Carving language for social coordination
    with Kristian Tylén
    Interaction Studies. Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systemsinteraction Studies / Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systemsinteraction Studies 13 (1): 103-124. 2012.
    Human social coordination is often mediated by language. Through verbal dialogue, people direct each other’s attention to properties of their shared environment, they discuss how to jointly solve problems, share their introspections, and distribute roles and assignments. In this article, we propose a dynamical framework for the study of the coordinative role of language. Based on a review of a number of recent experimental studies, we argue that shared symbolic patterns emerge and stabilize thro…Read more
  •  1
    The adaptive evolution of early human symbolic behavior
    with Katrin Heimann, Sergio Rojo, Niels Nørkjær Johannsen, Felix Riede, Nicolas Fay, Marlize Lombard, and Kristian Tylén
  •  34
    Diagrammatic reasoning: An introduction
    with Kristian Tylén
    Pragmatics and Cognition 22 (2): 183-186. 2014.
    Many types of everyday and specialized reasoning depend on diagrams: we use maps to fnd our way, we draw graphs and sketches to communicate concepts and prove geometrical theorems, and we manipulate diagrams to explore new creative solutions to problems. While the linear and symbolic character of verbal language has long served as the predominant model of human thought, it is remarkable how — through a range of contexts — thinking and communication critically depend on manipulations of external,…Read more
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    Hearing me hearing you: Reciprocal effects between child and parent language in autism and typical development
    with Ethan Weed, Deborah Fein, and Letitia Naigles
    Cognition 183 1-18. 2019.
  •  8
    The emergence of systematicity: How environmental and communicative factors shape a novel communication system
    with Jonas Nölle, Marlene Staib, and Kristian Tylén
    Cognition 181 93-104. 2018.
  •  23
    The intersubjectivity of embodiment
    with Paolo Demuru and Anna Borghi
    Journal of Cognitive Semiotics 4. 2012.
  •  54
    Coming to terms: Quantifying the benefits of linguistic coordination
    with Bahador Bahrami, Karsten Olsen, Andreas Roepstorff, Geraint Rees, Chris Frith, and Kristian Tylén
    Psychological Science 23 (8): 931-939. 2012.
    Sharing a public language facilitates particularly efficient forms of joint perception and action by giving interlocutors refined tools for directing attention and aligning conceptual models and action. We hypothesized that interlocutors who flexibly align their linguistic practices and converge on a shared language will improve their cooperative performance on joint tasks. To test this prediction, we employed a novel experimental design, in which pairs of participants cooperated linguistically …Read more
  •  62
    Carving language for social coordination: A dynamical approach
    with Kristian Tylén
    Interaction Studies 13 (1): 103-124. 2012.
    Human social coordination is often mediated by language. Through verbal dialogue, people direct each other’s attention to properties of their shared environment, they discuss how to jointly solve problems, share their introspections, and distribute roles and assignments. In this article, we propose a dynamical framework for the study of the coordinative role of language. Based on a review of a number of recent experimental studies, we argue that shared symbolic patterns emerge and stabilize thro…Read more
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    Making sense together: a dynamical account of linguistic meaning making
    with Kristian Tylén, Peer F. Bundgaard, and Svend Østergaard
    Semiotica 2013 (194): 39-62. 2013.
    How is linguistic communication possible? How do we come to share the same meanings of words and utterances? One classical position holds that human beings share a transcendental “platonic” ideality independent of individual cognition and language use (Frege 1948). Another stresses immanent linguistic relations (Saussure 1959), and yet another basic embodied structures as the ground for invariant aspects of meaning (Lakoff and Johnson 1999). Here we propose an alternative account in which the po…Read more
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    The self organization of human interaction
    with Rick Dale, Nicholas Duran, and Daniel Richardson
    Psychology of Learning and Motivation 59. 2013.
    We describe a “centipede’s dilemma” that faces the sciences of human interaction. Research on human interaction has been involved in extensive theoretical debate, although the vast majority of research tends to focus on a small set of human behaviors, cognitive processes, and interactive contexts. The problem is that naturalistic human interaction must integrate all of these factors simultaneously, and grander theoretical mitigation cannot come only from focused experimental or computational age…Read more
  •  46
    Dialog as interpersonal synergy
    with Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi and Kristian Tylén
    New Ideas in Psychology. 2013.
    What is the proper unit of analysis in the psycholinguistics of dialog? While classical approaches are largely based on models of individual linguistic processing, recent advances stress the social coordinative nature of dialog. In the influential interactive alignment model, dialogue is thus approached as the progressive entrainment of interlocutors' linguistic behaviors toward the alignment of situation models. Still, the driving mechanisms are attributed to individual cognition in the form of…Read more
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    This study investigates interpersonal processes underlying dialog by comparing two approaches, interactive alignment and interpersonal synergy, and assesses how they predict collective performance in a joint task. While the interactive alignment approach highlights imitative patterns between interlocutors, the synergy approach points to structural organization at the level of the interaction—such as complementary patterns straddling speech turns and interlocutors. We develop a general, quantitat…Read more
  •  27
    Does interaction matter? Testing whether a confidence heuristic can replace interaction in collective decision-making
    with Dan Bang, Kristian Tylén, Karsten Olsen, Peter E. Latham, Jennifer Y. F. Lau, Andreas Roepstorff, Geraint Rees, Chris D. Frith, and Bahador Bahrami
    Consciousness and Cognition 26 13-23. 2014.
    In a range of contexts, individuals arrive at collective decisions by sharing confidence in their judgements. This tendency to evaluate the reliability of information by the confidence with which it is expressed has been termed the ‘confidence heuristic’. We tested two ways of implementing the confidence heuristic in the context of a collective perceptual decision-making task: either directly, by opting for the judgement made with higher confidence, or indirectly, by opting for the faster judgem…Read more
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    Linguistic coordination: models, dynamics and effects
    with Kristian Tylén
    New Ideas in Psychology. 2013.
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    A growing conceptual and empirical literature is advancing the idea that language extends our cognitive skills. One of the most influential positions holds that language – qua material symbols – facilitates individual thought processes by virtue of its material properties (Clark, 2006a). Extending upon this model, we argue that language enhances our cognitive capabilities in a much more radical way: the skilful engagement of public material symbols facilitates evolutionarily unprecedented modes …Read more
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    Agreeing is not enough: The constructive role of miscommunication
    with Johanne Stege Bjørndahl, Svend ∅Stergaard, and Kristian Tylén
    Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems 16 (3): 495-525. 2015.
    Collaborative interaction pervades everyday practices: work meetings, innovation and product design, education and arts. Previous studies have pointed to the central role of acknowledgement and acceptance for the success of joint action, by creating affiliation and signaling understanding. We argue that various forms of explicit miscommunication are just as critical to challenge, negotiate and integrate individual contributions in collaborative creative activities. Through qualitative microanaly…Read more