Mengsen Zhang, Guillaume Dumas, J.A. Scott Kelso, Emmanuelle Tognoli (2014)
Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C., USA
Publication year: 2014


Emotion and motion are complementary sides of our social experiences though seldom studied in tandem. This study investigates variations in emotional responses during movement coordination between a human and a Virtual Partner (VP). VP is an avatar whose virtual hand is displayed on a computer screen in front of a human participant. Its finger movement is driven by the Haken-Kelso-Bunz equations, an empirically validated model that captures intrapersonal, sensorimotor and interpersonal coordination. Thus the human being and the VP are able to coordinate with each other in a biologically and socially realistic manner. It is known that under certain coupling conditions, human beings tend to perceive VP a