Crossmodal correspondences as common ground for joint action

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Schmitz, L.; Knoblich, G.; Deroy, O.; Vesper, C.: Crossmodal correspondences as common ground for joint action. In: Acta Psychologica 212 (2021), 103222. DOI:

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When performing joint actions, people rely on common ground - shared information that provides the required basis for mutual understanding. Common ground can be based on people's interaction history or on knowledge and expectations people share, e.g., because they belong to the same culture or social class. Here, we suggest that people rely on yet another form of common ground, one that originates in their similarities in multisensory processing. Specifically, we focus on 'crossmodal correspondences' - nonarbitrary associations that people make between stimulus features in different sensory modalities, e.g., between stimuli in the auditory and the visual modality such as high-pitched sounds and small objects. Going beyond previous research that focused on investigating crossmodal correspondences in individuals, we propose that people can use these correspondences for communicating and coordinating with others. Initial support for our proposal comes from a communication game played in a public space (an art gallery) by pairs of visitors. We observed that pairs created nonverbal communication systems by spontaneously relying on 'crossmodal common ground'. Based on these results, we conclude that crossmodal correspondences not only occur within individuals but that they can also be actively used in joint action to facilitate the coordination between individuals. Copyright © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
License of this version: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Unported
Document Type: Article
Publishing status: publishedVersion
Issue Date: 2021
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2 image of flag of United States United States 17 22.67%
3 image of flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 7 9.33%
4 image of flag of China China 5 6.67%
5 image of flag of Russian Federation Russian Federation 3 4.00%
6 image of flag of Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamic Republic of 3 4.00%
7 image of flag of Vietnam Vietnam 2 2.67%
8 image of flag of Switzerland Switzerland 2 2.67%
9 image of flag of South Africa South Africa 1 1.33%
10 image of flag of Austria Austria 1 1.33%
    other countries 7 9.33%

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