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Article Dans Une Revue Frontiers in Psychology Année : 2016

Postural Coordination during Socio-motor Improvisation

Mathieu Gueugnon
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Robin Salesse
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Alexandre Coste
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Zhong Zhao
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Benoît Bardy
Ludovic Marin


Human interaction often relies on socio-motor improvisation. Creating unprepared movements during social interaction is not a random process but relies on rules of synchronization. These situations do not only involve people to be coordinated, but also require the adjustment of their posture in order to maintain balance and support movements. The present study investigated posture in such a context. More precisely, we first evaluated the impact of amplitude and complexity of arm movements on posture in solo situation. Then, we assessed the impact of interpersonal coordination on posture using the mirror game in which dyads performed improvised and synchronized movements (i.e., duo situation). Posture was measured through ankle-hip coordination in medio-lateral and antero-posterior directions (ML and AP respectively). Our results revealed the spontaneous emergence of in-phase pattern in ML direction and antiphase pattern in AP direction for solo and duo situations. These two patterns respectively refer to the simultaneous flexion/extension of the ankles and the hips in the same or opposite direction. It suggests different functional roles of postural coordination patterns in each direction, with in-phase supporting task performance in ML (dynamical stability) and antiphase supporting postural control in AP (mechanical stability). Although amplitude of movement did not influence posture, movement complexity disturbed postural stability in both directions. Conversely, interpersonal coordination promoted postural stability in ML but not in AP direction. These results are discussed in terms of the difference in coupling strength between ankle-hip coordination and interpersonal coordination.
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hal-02432622 , version 1 (08-01-2020)



Mathieu Gueugnon, Robin Salesse, Alexandre Coste, Zhong Zhao, Benoît Bardy, et al.. Postural Coordination during Socio-motor Improvisation. Frontiers in Psychology, 2016, 7, pp.1168. ⟨10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01168⟩. ⟨hal-02432622⟩
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