Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines

Hardcover | January 10, 2008

EditorIpke Wachsmuth, Manuela Lenzen, Guenther Knoblich

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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 facialgestures 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 atable 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 isinsufficient, 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 fromlow-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 withhumans.

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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 facialgestures that help to illustrate what is being ...

Ipke Wachsmuth is director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) and Chair of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bielefeld. He holds a Mathematics Master's degree and a Ph.D. both from the University of Hannover and an Informatics Habilitation degree from the University of Osnabruck. Before coming to Bielefeld, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.38 inPublished:January 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Ipke Wachsmuth, Manuela Lenzen and Gunther Knoblich: Introduction to embodied communication2. John Barresi: Some boundary conditions on embodied agents sharing a common world3. J Scott Jordan: Toward a theory of embodied communication: Self-sustaining wild systems as embodied meaning4. Daniel Richardson, Rick Dale and Kevin Schockley: Synchrony and swing in conversation: coordination, temporal dynamics and communication5. Maggie Shiffrar: The visual perception of dynamic body language6. Wolfgang Prinz: Mirrors for embodied communication7. Natalie Sebanz and Gunther Knoblich: The role of the mirror system in embodied communication8. Elisabeth Oberzaucher and Karl Grammer: Everything is movement: on the nature of embodied communication9. Achim Stephan, Manuela Lenzen, Josep Call and Matthias Uhl: Communication and cooperation in living beings and artificial agents10. Jurgen Streeck: Laborious intersubjectivity: attentional struggle and embodied communication in an auto-shop11. Bruno Galantucci and Luc Steels: The emergence of embodied communication in artificial agents and humans12. Jens Allwood: Dimensions of embodied communication - towards a typology of embodied communication13. Elisabeth Ahlsen: Neurological disorders of embodied communication14. Susan Duncan: Gestural imagery and cohesion in normal and impaired discourse15. Joelle Proust: Conversational metacognition16. Stefan Kopp, James Bonaiuto, Ipke Wachsmuth and Michael Arbib: Imitation in embodied communication - from monkey mirror neurons to artificial humans17. Isabella Poggi and Catherine Pelachaud: Persuasion and the expressivity of gestures in humans and machines18. Timo Sowa, Stefan Kopp, Susan Duncan, David McNeill and Ipke Wachsmuth: Implementing a non-modular theory of language production in an embodied conversational agent19. James Bonaiuto and Kristinn R Thorisson: Towards a neurocognitive model of turntaking in multimodal dialogue