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Effortless AttentionA New Perspective in the Cognitive Science of Attention and Action$
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Brian Bruya

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013840

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013840.001.0001

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Two to Tango : Automatic Social Coordination and the Role of Felt Effort

Two to Tango : Automatic Social Coordination and the Role of Felt Effort

(p.335) 14 Two to Tango : Automatic Social Coordination and the Role of Felt Effort
Effortless Attention

Joshua M. Ackerman

John A. Bargh

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the critically important role of social coordination to social interactions and performing complex tasks. Social coordination is defined as an automatic response to a given situation or condition involving socially transmitted information, a finding that can help in explaining the reason for social coordination processes occurring without any conscious and subjective efforts. The chapter explores a wide variety of social coordination experiences that occur at different levels of social interactions, along with their potential functions. It also describes a different approach to social coordination, including the related neural and social cognitive aspects, and addresses how effortless action characterized by processing smoothness operates as a functional indicator of effective coordination.

Keywords:   social coordination, automatic response, social interactions, effortless action, socially transmitted information

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