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Interpersonal Coordination and Performance in Social Systems

1st Edition

Edited by Pedro Passos, Keith Davids, Jia Yi Chow


342 pages | 68 B/W Illus.

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Interpersonal coordination is an important feature of all social systems. From everyday activities to playing sport and participating in the performing arts, human behaviour is constrained by the need to continually interact with others. This book examines how interpersonal coordination tendencies in social systems emerge, across a range of contexts and at different scales, with the aim of helping practitioners to understand collective behaviours and create learning environments to improve performance.

Showcasing the latest research from scientists and academics, this collection of studies examines how and why interpersonal coordination is crucial for success in sport and the performing arts. It explains the complex science of interpersonal coordination in relation to a variety of activities including competitive team sports, outdoor sports, racket sports, and martial arts, as well as dance. Divided into four sections, this book offers insight into:

  • the nature, history and key concepts of interpersonal coordination
  • factors that influence interpersonal coordination within social systems
  • interpersonal coordination in competitive and cooperative performance contexts
  • methods, tools and devices for improving performance through interpersonal coordination.

This book will provide fascinating insights for students, researchers and educators interested in movement science, performance analysis, sport science and psychology, as well as for those working in the performing arts.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Nature, Historical Perspective and Conceptual Background on Interpersonal Coordination Tendencies

1. Interpersonal Coordination in Biological Systems: The Emergence of Collective Locomotion

[Kevin W. Rio and William H. Warren]

2. The Origin of the Ideas of Interpersonal Synchrony and Synergies

[Richard C. Schmidt and Paula Fitzpatrick]

3. The Nature of Interpersonal Coordination: Why Do People Coordinate with Others?

[Craig A. Nordham and J. A. Scott Kelso]

4. The Ties that Bind: Unintentional Spontaneous Synchrony in Social Interactions

[Tehran Davis]

5. Symmetry and the Dynamics of Interpersonal Coordination

[Michael J. Richardson, Auriel Washburn, Steven J. Harrison and Rachel W. Kallen]

Part II: Interpersonal Coordination in Competitive and Cooperative Performance Contexts

6. Interpersonal Coordination in Performing Arts: Inspiration or Constraint

[Carlota Torrents, Natália Balagué Serre and Robert Hristovski]

7. Interpersonal Coordination in Contact Improvisation Dance

[Carlota Torrents, Robert Hristovski, Javier Coterón, J. and Angel Ric]

8. Mix of Phenomenological and Behavioural Data to Explore Interpersonal Coordination in Outdoor Activities: Examples in Rowing and Orienteering

[Ludovic Seifert, David Adé, Jacques Saury, Jerome Bourbousson and Régis Thouvarecq]

9. Theoretical Perspectives on Interpersonal Coordination for Team Behaviour

[Duarte Araújo and Jérôme Bourbousson]

10. Crew Rowing: An Archetype of Interpersonal Coordination Dynamics

[Harjo J. de Poel, Anouk J. De Brouwer and Laura S. Cuijpers]

11. Interpersonal Coordination in Team Sports

[Pedro Passos and Jia Yi Chow]

12. Shared Affordances Guide Interpersonal Synergies in Sport Teams

[Duarte Araújo, João Paulo Ramos and Rui Jorge Lopes]

13. Interpersonal Coordination in Competitive Sports Contexts: Martial Arts

[Yuji Yamamoto, Motoki Okumura, Keiko Yokoyama and Akifumi Kijima]

14. Interpersonal Coordination in Competitive Sports Contests: Racket Sports

[Tim McGarry and Harjo J. de Poel]

15. Impact of Mental Disorders on Social Motor Coordination

[Jonathan Del-Monte, Stéphane Raffard, Delphine Capdevielle, Richard C. Schmidt , Manuel Varlet , Robin N. Salesse, Benoît G. Bardy, Jean Philippe Boulenger, Marie Christine Gély-Nargeot and Ludovic Marin]

16. Horse-Rider Interactions in Endurance Race: An Example of Interpersonal Coordination

[Rita Sleimen-Malkoun, Jean-Jacques Temprado, Sylvain Viry, Eric Berton, Michel Laurent, and Caroline Nicol]

Part III: Factors that Influence Interpersonal Coordination

17. Affordances and Interpersonal Coordination

[Kerry Marsh and Benjamin R. Meagher]

18. Social Coordination of Verbal and Non-Verbal Behaviours

[Alexandra Paxton, Rick Dale and Daniel C. Richardson]

Part IV: Methods, Tools and Devices

19. Measuring Interpersonal Coordination: A Selection of Modern Analysis Techniques

[Robert Rein]

20. Modelling Interpersonal Coordination

[Ana Diniz and Pedro Passos]

21. Technology for Studying Interpersonal Coordination in Social Collectives

[John Kelley, David Higham and Jon Wheat]

22. Interpersonal Coordination Tendencies in Competitive Sport Performance: Issues and Trends for Future Research

[Keith Davids]

About the Editors

Pedro Passos is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Human Kinetics at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. His research involves the study of the dynamics of interpersonal coordination in team sports. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters, and is the author or editor of four books. His current research is on interpersonal coordination in social systems and team sports, extending the paradigm of analysis to video games and cooperative tasks, and searching for new methods of analysis in collaboration with researchers in Portugal, across Europe, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Keith Davids is Professor of Motor Learning at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. His major research interest involves the study of movement coordination and skill acquisition in sport. He is particularly focused on understanding how to design representative learning and performance evaluation environments in sport.

Jia Yi Chow is an Assistant Professor at the Physical Education and Sports Science Academic Group, and also Assistant Dean in the Office of Teacher Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His area of expertise is in examining multi-articular coordination and a pedagogical approach underpinned by principles from a dynamical systems theory (Nonlinear Pedagogy).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sports Psychology