Edited by Geert Brône and Bert Oben
[Advances in Interaction Studies 10] 2018
► pp. 67–90
Chapter 4. Weaving oneself into others
Coordination in conversational systems
We review a range of findings that show how eye movements (and other body movements) exhibit correlated behavior across two or more people during natural interactions. We then synthesize these different results into a more general account of how people’s cognitive, sensory and motor systems become coordinated with one another during natural dialogue. We argue that treating conversants as parts of one integrated system is a useful explanatory strategy for understanding interaction. We end by describing explicit quantitative conditions for seeking “systemhood” in human interaction. These conditions motivate future research questions on social eye movements and other behaviors.