A model for production, perception, and acquisition of actions in face-to-face communication

B. Kröger, Swati Kopp, Anja Lowit

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The concept of action as basic motor control unit for goal-directed movement behavior has been used primarily for private or non-communicative actions like walking, reaching, or grasping. In this paper literature is reviewed indicating that this concept can also be used in all domains of face-to-face communication like speech, co-verbal facial expression, and co-verbal gesturing. Three domain-specific types of actions, i.e. speech actions, facial actions and hand-arm actions are defined in this paper and a model is proposed that elucidates the underlying biological mechanisms of action production, action perception, and action acqui¬sition in all domains of face-to-face communication. This model can be used as basic concept for embodied conversational agents and thus for specific human-computer interaction technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-205
Number of pages18
JournalCognitive Processing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • face-to-face communication
  • speech
  • co-verbal behavior
  • action
  • facial expression
  • hand-arm gesture
  • production
  • motor behavior
  • multimodal perception
  • acquisition of action
  • embodied conversational agents
  • human–computer interaction


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