A matter of you versus me? Experiences of control in a joint go/no-go task

Anouk van der Weiden*, Roman Liepelt, Neeltje E.M. van Haren

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When interacting with others, people represent their own as well as their interaction partners’ actions. Such joint action representation is essential for action coordination, but may also interfere with action control. We investigated how joint action representations affect experienced control over people’s own actions and their interaction partners’ actions. Participants performed a joint go/no-go task, which is commonly used to measure to what extent people represent their own actions in spatial reference to their interaction partner (e.g., as ‘left’ vs. ‘right’). After each second trial, participants indicated experienced control over their own action, their interaction partner’s action, or over action inhibition. Despite this frequent interruption of the go/no-go task, we found strong evidence for the spatial representation of joint actions. However, this joint action representation did not affect experiences of control. Possible explanations and implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)842-851
Number of pages10
JournalPsychological Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
Funding This work was supported by the European Association of Social Psychology (seedcorn grant, awarded to A.W.); the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (VIDI-grant 452-11-014, awarded to N.E.M.H.); and the German Research Foundation (grant DFG LI 2115/1-3, awarded to R.L.).

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