Cross et al, 2016, How Moving Together Brings Us Together

Our recently graduated PhD student Liam Cross has just published his first paper from his PhD in a Research Topic, Dynamics of Joint-Action, Social Coordination and Multi-Agent Activity. Thanks to Mike Richardson for the invite to submit and our reviewers for their fair and useful feedback!

And congratulations Liam! One down, three to go 🙂

Cross, L., Wilson, A.D., & Golonka, S. (2016). How Moving Together Brings Us Together: When Coordinated Rhythmic Movement Affects Cooperation. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1983. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01983. Download (Open Access)

Seminar – Dr Fred Cummins, “Prayer, Protest and Football: the Puzzles of Joint Speech”

We are delighted to be hosting Fred Cummins for a talk on Tuesday December 13th 2016. Details here

Prayer, Protest and Football: the Puzzles of Joint Speech

Guest Speaker: Dr Fred Cummins, University College Dublin

Joint speech is an umbrella term covering choral speech, synchronous speech, chant, and all forms of speech where many people say the same thing at the same.  Under an orthodox linguistic analysis, there is nothing here to study, as the formal symbolic structures of joint speech do not appear to differ from those of language arising in other forms of practice.  As a result, there is essentially no body of scientific inquiry into practices of joint speaking. Yet joint speaking practices are ubiquitous, ancient, and deeply integrated into rituals and domains to which we accord the highest significance.

I will discuss Joint Speech, as found in prayer, protest, classrooms, and sports stadia around the world. If we merely take the time to look there is much to be found in joint speech that is crying out for elaboration and investigation. I will attempt to sketch the terra incognita that opens up and present a few initial findings (phonetic, anthropological, neuroscientific) that suggest that Joint Speech is far from being a peripheral and exotic special case. It is, rather, a central example of language use that must inform our theories of what language, languaging and subjects are.

All welcome

Refreshments will be available from 12.45pm

Andrew presenting a CeASR Seminar on affordances, Weds Oct 19th 2016

All welcome – book here.

Affordances: What They Are and How to Science Them

Cognition and Behaviour Programme
Affordances are action relevant properties of the environment – not ‘that cup is 15cm away’ but ‘that cup is reachable by me using my arm’. The ecological approach proposes that we perceive these properties quite directly, which means that we need a way to study them properly in order to understand how perception and action works.

In this talk I’ll introduce affordances, introduce the idea of task dynamics as the way to science them and explain the whole package with reference to my research on long distance throwing. I’ll focus on a research project (Wilson et al, 2016) about the throwing affordances of prehistoric objects and talk a little about some upcoming work.

All welcome
Refreshments available from 11am

NB slides and a recording of the talk should be available online afterwards!

CIA Lab Meeting 12/9/16 – Iskarous (2010) on the information for articulatory gestures

Iskarous, K. (2010). Vowel constrictions are recoverable from formants. Journal of phonetics, 38(3), 375-387.

This (very technical) paper is a proof-of-concept, foot in the door paper that demonstrates that with the right mathematical description of the speech articulators, there can be specifying acoustic information about vowel production. This means ecological theories like Fowler’s notion of speech perception being about speech gestures is possible.

New paper on the affordances of prehistoric objects for throwing

Andrew has a new paper out in the open access journal Scientific Reports on the affordances of prehistoric spheroids for throwing, and is super excited about it and the media attention it’s getting 🙂

He has blogged it here too: The Affordances of Prehistoric Objects

Wilson, A. D., Zhu, Q., Barham, L., Stanistreet, I., & Bingham, G. P. (2016). A dynamical analysis of the suitability of prehistoric spheroids from the Cave of Hearths as thrown projectiles. Scientific Reports, 6, 30614; doi: 10.1038/srep30614 (2016). Download (Open Access)