L'influenza dell 'interdipendenza sull a costruzione di rappresentazioni condivise

Translated title of the contribution: The influence of interdependence on the emergence of shared representations

Filomena Anelli, Roberto Nicoletti, Luciano Arcuri, Sandro Rubichi, Cristina Iani

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The present work was aimed at investigating whether the emergence of shared representations, considered as the building blocks of shared action, is influenced by social variables such as group membership and perceived interdependence between co-acting individuals. In two experiments we required two participants to perform together a Simon task (i.e., the social Simon task) in which we manipulated perceived group membership on the basis of an ad-hoc categorization (Experiment 1: couples belonging to the same category vs. couples belonging to two different categories) and the interdependence experienced by the two acting individuals (Experiment 2: cooperative couples vs. competitive couples). Results indicate that the social Simon effect, indicative of the formation of shared representations, is not modulated by the mere categorization into groups, while it is significantly affected by perceived interdependence. Indeed, the effect was absent only for competitive couples. These results seem to suggest that in interactive contexts individuals tend, by default, to integrate self and other's actions into shared representations based on cooperation. While group membership does not influence the emergence of these shared representations, a competitive interaction disrupts their emergence.

Translated title of the contributionThe influence of interdependence on the emergence of shared representations
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)277-290
Number of pages14
JournalSistemi Intelligenti
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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