Ownership status influences the degree of joint facilitatory behavior

Constable, Merryn D., Bayliss, Andrew P. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4810-7758, Tipper, Steven P., Spaniol, Ana P., Pratt, Jay and Welsh, Timothy N. (2016) Ownership status influences the degree of joint facilitatory behavior. Psychological Science, 27 (10). pp. 1371-1378. ISSN 0956-7976

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When engaging in joint activities, humans tend to sacrifice some of their own sensorimotor comfort and efficiency to facilitate their co-actor’s performance. Here, we investigated if ownership - a socio-culturally based non-physical feature ascribed to objects - influences facilitatory motor behavior in joint action. Participants passed mugs that differed in ownership status across a table to a co-actor. Across two experiments, we found that participants oriented the handle less towards their partner when passing their own mug relative to a mug owned by their co-actor (Experiment 1) and a mug owned by the Experimenter (Experiment 2). These findings indicate that individuals plan and execute actions that assist collaborators, but less so if it is the individual’s own property that the partner intends to manipulate. We discuss these findings in terms of underlying variables associated with ownership and conclude that a ‘self-other distinction’ can be instated in the human sensorimotor system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ownership,joint action,beginning-state comfort,action prediction,response selection,shared task representation,self-relevance
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Social Cognition Research Group
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition, Action and Perception
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:00
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 00:07
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59767
DOI: 10.1177/0956797616661544

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