Timing is critical to social life. In conversation, turn-taking is organized by cultural norms that are enacted by physiological mechanisms on multiple levels. Deviating from a conversational tempo by a fraction of a second can change the sense and interpersonal significance of an exchange. Likewise in music, where individuals play with tighter or looser synchrony to expressive effect. Why do certain patterns of time-sharing predominate in specific cultures? How are social tempos established and maintained in other animals? This seminar gathers a diverse group of scholars for a conversation exploring the mechanisms and stakes of temporal coordination in social interactions.
David R. Gibson, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
J. A. Scott Kelso, Glenwood and Martha Creech Chair in Science, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University
Caroline Palmer, Professor of Psychology and Canada Research Chair, Cognitive Neuroscience of Performance, McGill University
Daniel Y. Takahashi, Associate Research Scholar, Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University