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Embodied Communication II

An Integrated Perspective

Date: September 6 - 9, 2006
Organizers: Ipke Wachsmuth (Bielefeld), Günther Knoblich (Newark)

Concluding Conference of the ZiF: Research Group 2005/2006 "Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines"

Communication is so much more than just words. It involves turn taking and mirroring, gestures and body postures, rhythm and emotions. But only recently researchers have started to focus on the multidimensional and closely coupled nature of communication. This focus has a potential to lead to a paradigm shift in which the traditional engineering model of signal transmission is replaced, Ipke Wachsmuth (Bielefeld) explained in his introduction to the final conference of the ZiF research year Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines. The research group launched and explored a new integrated and interdisciplinary perspective, the Embodied Communication Perspective, he summed up. This new framework is a first step towards a multi-modal, multi-level, dynamic, and co-constructive model of communication that will shed new light on recent empirical findings obtained in the cognitive and neurosciences.

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