Cordula Vesper 1 , Ekaterina Abramova 2 , Judith Bütepage 3 , Francesca Ciardo 4 , Benjamin Crossey 5 , Alfred Effenberg 6 , Dayana Hristova 7 , April Karlinsky 8 , Luke McEllin 1 , Sari R. R. Nijssen 9 , Laura Schmitz 1 , Basil Wahn 10
04 January 2017
In joint action, multiple people coordinate their actions to perform a task together. This often requires precise temporal and spatial coordination. How do co-actors achieve this? How do they coordinate their actions toward a shared task goal? Here, we provide an overview of the mental representations involved in joint action, discuss how co-actors share sensorimotor information and what general mechanisms support coordination with others. By deliberately extending the review to aspects such as the cultural context in which a joint action takes place, we pay tribute to the complex and variable nature of this social phenomenon.