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dc.contributor.authorDockendorff, Martin
dc.contributor.authorSchmitz, Laura
dc.contributor.authorVesper, Cordula
dc.contributor.authorKnoblich, Günther
dc.date.accessioned2023-11-15T08:37:46Z
dc.date.available2023-11-15T08:37:46Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0280265
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14018/14197
dc.description.abstractMany social interactions require individuals to coordinate their actions and to inform each other about their goals. Often these goals concern an immediate (i.e., proximal) action, as when people give each other a brief handshake, but they sometimes also refer to a future (i.e. distal) action, as when football players perform a passing sequence. The present study investigates whether observers can derive information about such distal goals by relying on kinematic modulations of an actor’s instrumental actions. In Experiment 1 participants were presented with animations of a box being moved at different velocities towards an apparent endpoint. The distal goal, however, was for the object to be moved past this endpoint, to one of two occluded target locations. Participants then selected the location which they considered the likely distal goal of the action. As predicted, participants were able to detect differences in movement velocity and, based on these differences, systematically mapped the movements to the two distal goal locations. Adding a distal goal led to more variation in the way participants mapped the observed movements onto different target locations. The results of Experiments 2 and 3 indicated that this cannot be explained by difficulties in perceptual discrimination. Rather, the increased variability likely reflects differences in interpreting the underlying connection between proximal communicative actions and distal goals. The present findings extend previous research on sensorimotor communication by demonstrating that communicative action modulations are not restricted to predicting proximal goals but can also be used to infer more distal goals.
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science
dc.rightsCC BY 4.0
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
dc.subjectCommunications
dc.subjectKinematics
dc.subjectMusculoskeletal mechanics
dc.subjectPerception
dc.subjectSign language
dc.subjectSocial communication
dc.subjectSports
dc.subjectVelocity
dc.titleUnderstanding others’ distal goals from proximal communicative actions
dc.typeJournal article
dc.source.journaltitlePLOS ONE
dc.source.volume18
dc.source.issue1
dc.source.spage1
dc.source.epage23
refterms.dateFOA2023-11-15T09:20:05Z


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