Searching high and low: Prosodic breaks disambiguate relative clauses

New published article:

In this paper, we investigated how some modulations in the speaker’s voice may impact the interpretation of ambiguous sentences on the listener’s side. We showed that the simple placement of prosodic breaks (i.e. short silences) at different key anchors in auditory sentences was enough to flip listeners’ preference toward an interpretation or the other. So be careful, silences speak your mind!

Fromont L.A., Soto-Faraco S., and Biau E. (2017) Searching High and Low: Prosodic Breaks Disambiguate Relative Clauses. Front. Psychol. 8:96. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00096

Check this out: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00096/full

Mutual coordination strengthens the sense of joint agency in cooperative joint action

New article published in Consciousness & Cognition.

Free download here (Until December 6, 2016):
http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Tuop3lcz3hh5M

 

Nicole K. Bolt, Evan M. Poncelet, Benjamin G. Schultz, & Janeen D. Loehr
Mutual coordination strengthens the sense of joint agency in cooperative joint action, Consciousness and Cognition, Volume 46, November 2016, Pages 173-187, ISSN 1053-8100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2016.10.001.

 

Abstract: Abstract
Philosophers have proposed that when people coordinate their actions with others they may experience a sense of joint agency, or shared control over actions and their effects. However, little empirical work has investigated the sense of joint agency. In the current study, pairs coordinated their actions to produce tone sequences and then rated their sense of joint agency on a scale ranging from shared to independent control. People felt more shared than independent control overall, confirming that people experience joint agency during joint action. Furthermore, people felt stronger joint agency when they (a) produced sequences that required mutual coordination compared to sequences in which only one partner had to coordinate with the other, (b) held the role of follower compared to leader, and (c) were better coordinated with their partner. Thus, the strength of joint agency is influenced by the degree to which people mutually coordinate with each other’s actions.
Keywords: Agency; Joint action; Joint agency; Shared control; Interpersonal coordination


 

Update: March 2016

We are finally online and ready to roll! The BAND Lab has tripled in size since we started in September and we would like to welcome all of our new members:

Postdoctoral Fellows

Michel Belyk

 

PhD Students (PhD Students)

Joseph Johnson

Lisa Karin Goller (prospective)

 

Masters Students (Masters Students)

Almuth Rosenow
Diego Marquez
Marina Tamargo Cuadros
Violtsa Malo
Miquel Jansen
Winson Yang
Suvarnalata Xanthate Duggirala (Xan)
Nofar Ben Itzhak

 

Bachelor Students (Bachelor Students)

Reine Ramaekers

 

We have received two lab visitors: Adrià Rofes from the Trinity College Dublin of and Rachel Smith from the University of Glasgow. It was great having you over and we look forward to working together!