Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines

Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines

by Ipke Wachsmuth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199231753

ISBN-13: 9780199231751

Pub. Date: 11/28/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


When people communicate face to face they don't just exchange verbal information. Rather, communication encompasses the whole body. Communication partners synchronize their body sway, and mimic or imitate each other's body postures and actions. They produce a multitude of manual and facial gestures that help to illustrate what is being said, show how communication…  See more details below

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When people communicate face to face they don't just exchange verbal information. Rather, communication encompasses the whole body. Communication partners synchronize their body sway, and mimic or imitate each other's body postures and actions. They produce a multitude of manual and facial gestures that help to illustrate what is being said, show how communication partners feel, or give away verbal cues. Moreover, face-to-face communication takes place in shared contexts where partners jointly attend and refer to the same objects, often while working on joint tasks such as carrying a table or repairing a car together.

Traditionally, communication research has neglected these parts of communication using the engineering model of signal transmission as the main theoretical metaphor. This book takes a new look at recent empirical findings in the cognitive neurosciences, showing that the traditional approach is insufficient, and presenting a new interdisciplinary perspective, the Embodied Communication perspective. The core claim of the Embodied Communication perspective is that human communication involves parallel and highly interactive couplings between communication partners. These couplings range from low-level systems for performing and understanding instrumental actions, like the mirror system, to higher-systems that interpret symbols in a cultural context. The book can also serve as a guide for engineers who construct artificial agents and robots that should be able to interact with humans.

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ISBN-13:
9780199231751
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/2008
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations vii

Contributors ix

1 Introduction to embodied communication: why communication needs the body Ipke Wachsmuth Manuela Lenzen Gunther Knoblich 1

2 Some boundary conditions on embodied agents sharing a common world John Barresi 29

3 Toward a theory of embodied communication: self-sustaining wild systems as embodied meaning J. Scott Jordan 53

4 Synchrony and swing in conversation: coordination, temporal dynamics, and communication Daniel C. Richardson Rick Dale Kevin Shockley 75

5 The visual perception of dynamic body language Maggie Shiffrar 95

6 Mirrors for embodied communication Wolfgang Prinz 111

7 The role of the mirror system in embodied communication Natalie Sebanz Gunther Knoblich 129

8 Everything is movement: on the nature of embodied communication Elisabeth Oberzaucher Karl Grammer 151

9 Communication and cooperation in living beings and artificial agents Achim Stephan Manuela Lenzen Josep Call Matthias Uhl 179

10 Laborious intersubjectivity: attentional struggle and embodied communication in an auto-shop Jurgen Streeck 201

11 The emergence of embodied communication in artificial agents and humans Bruno Galantucci Luc Steels 229

12 Dimensions of embodied communication-towards a typology of embodied communication Jens Allwood 257

13 Neurological disorders of embodied communication Elisabeth Ahlsen 285

14 Gestural imagery and cohesion in normal and impaired discourse Susan Duncan 305

15 Conversational metacognition Joelle Proust 329

16 Imitation in embodied communication-from monkey mirror neurons to artificial humans Stefan Kopp Ipke Wachsmuth James Bonaiuto Michael Arbib

17 Persuasion and the expressivity ofgestures in humans and machines Isabella Poggi Catherine Pelachaud 391

18 Implementing a non-modular theory of language production in an embodied conversational agent Timo Sowa Stefan Kopp Susan Duncan David McNeill Ipke Wachsmuth

19 Towards a neurocognitive model of turn taking in multimodal dialog James Bonaiuto Kristinn R. Thorisson 451

Index 485

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