Agency and unity

Joint action can take many forms: whereas rowers synchronize their movements, dancers often engage in closely coordinated complementary action. Even in martial arts, fighters closely coordinate their movements in an effort to understand and control their opponent’s movements. While the form of coordination differs, the behaviour of each social system emerges from the interaction between the individual agents.

In this project we examine the psychological experiences of individual agency and collective unity in situations in which the individual actions cannot be understood separately from the behaviour of the system as a whole. We focus on three different forms of joint action: synchronous action, which is inherently cooperative, complementary action that involves cooperative goals, and coordinated action that has inherently competitive goals (combative action).

Drawings made by Carmen Scholte Lubberink.

Involved in this project:

Prof. Kerry L. Marsh

Dr. Namkje Koudenburg