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ERIC Number: EJ833034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0163-853X
Projection and Anticipation: The Forward-Looking Nature of Embodied Communication
Streeck, Jurgen; Jordan, J. Scott
Discourse Processes: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v46 n2-3 p93-102 Mar 2009
Like other animals, human beings possess an uncanny ability to coordinate their actions with those of others: Human beings shift posture together, take turns at talk without delay or overlap, and sometimes complete sentences in unison. Researchers who study interaction under the microscope have long been fascinated by phenomena such as behavioral synchrony, entrainment, and choral speaking. Such researchers represent a diverse array of disciplines. As a result, conceptual schemes and research methodologies have evolved that are, likewise, rather diverse. When examined in terms of its projective properties, the very fabric of interaction and communication seems to be imbued with forward-looking anticipatory structures that facilitate ongoing, fluid interactions in a dynamic social environment. Interestingly enough, research on the processes that underlie an individual's ability to actually engage in and sustain such forward-looking interactions also reveals a plethora of forward-looking assets. In this article, the author discusses the lessons gained by looking at the biological and cultural projective assets from the perspective of their forward-looking nature. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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