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    Cooperation in sound and motion: Complexity matching in collaborative interaction

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    Summary: The function of complexity matching and it has led to the formation of new hypotheses about multi scale coordination and communication. The study has also depicted that complexity matching encompasses flexible and complementary dynamics between partners, which is found to support complex acts of human coordination.

    Source: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

    Psychology was for long known as the study of human behaviour. Although this definition of psychology does not largely prevail in the academic domain at present, the importance of behaviour study in the study of different psychological phenomena cannot be overlooked. As a child begins growing up, he or she initially starts learning certain simple behaviour, slowly proceeding towards the complex behaviour. Complex behaviors are understood as behaviour that are layered with processes across timescales and the ones which must be coordinated with each other so as to accomplish cooperative goals.

    Complexity matching here should be looked at as something that indicates the coordination of nested layers of behaviors that occur across the individuals. Psychologists from the University of Georgia theorized that complexity matching extends across individuals and also their respective layers of processes when they are cooperating in joint tasks.

    The group of psychologists have measured coordination in a joint tower building task which has occurred through the layers of sound and movement patterns that is produced by partners and the investigation has found that partners built higher towers when their sound patterns are seen falling into more similar relations with each other across timescales, as it has been measured by complexity matching.

    The findings have been able to successfully shed light on the function of complexity matching and it has led to the formation of new hypotheses about multi scale coordination and communication. The study has also revealed that complexity matching embraces flexible and complementary dynamics between partners, supporting complex acts of human coordination.



    Published: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

    Contact: Drew H Abney, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Georgia

    Details: Image source Istock

     

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