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Soziale Interaktion durch Synchronisation. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven / Social Interaction through Synchronisation. Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Dr. phil. Daniel A. Schmicking
Published Online: 2017-12-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/gth-2017-0015

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This paper combines perspectives from different disciplines to open up an interdisciplinary view on basic processes of human interaction. Part I addresses problematic assumptions of dominating theories of mind and limits of phenomenological description. Part II presents findings from social psychological and neuroscientific experiments on sensomotor synchronization. These experiments were carried out at levels of experiencing, behavior/kinematics, organic functions, and neurophysiology. Novel approaches that study intercerebral processes in musicians who interact face-to-face are particularly relevant: parts of non-identical brains function like temporarily coupled units. Part III discusses methodological issues and presuppositions of these experimental approaches as well as of current theories of mind. The findings from social psychology and neuroscience can serve to explicate phenomenological concepts and to complement descriptions, in particular of prereflective intentionality. Vice versa, the phenomenological view helps to critically examine limits and assumptions of empirical approaches and philosophical theories of mind. The presented findings on sensomotor and intercerebral synchronization corroborate phenomenological views of direct intercorporeal intersubjectivity, which provide an alternative to accounts that rely on simulation, representation, and inferential processes.

Keywords: Interpersonal/ intercerebral/ sensomotor synchronization; neurosciences; phenomenology; social psychology; theories of mind.

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Published Online: 2017-12-21

Published in Print: 2017-11-27


Citation Information: Gestalt Theory, Volume 39, Issue 2-3, Pages 197–213, ISSN (Online) 2519-5808, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/gth-2017-0015.

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