Hidden real-time patterns in intra- and inter-individual behavior: Description and detection
Journal/Book: Eur J Psychol Assess. 1996; 12: PO Box 2487, Kirkland, WA 98083-2487. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers. 112-123.
Abstract: It is widely believed that human interaction is much more regular than has yet been detected. What kinds of hidden regularities exist is, however, unsettled. In this paper a structural hypothesis is proposed where each continuous human interaction is seen as the performance of a set of a particular type of temporal patterns. Some of these repeated intra- and inter-individual real-rime behavior patterns may be mutually exclusive in time while others may overlap in various ways. Perceptual limitations making such patterns hidden to the naked eye are illustrated. A computerized detection method and illustrative empirical Findings from various types of face-to-face interactions in children and adults are presented. The specially developed pattern detection and analysis software, THEME, is also shortly described.
Note: Article MS Magnusson, Univ Iceland, Human Behav Lab, Sudurgata 26, IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Keyword(s): interaction; time; pattern; grammar; software; CONVENTION