ashley walton
research & publications


Group coordination


My graduate training was focused on embedded multi-agent dynamics (EMAD), which employs laboratory experimentation and mathematical modeling to understand the dynamics that emerge when groups of people coordinate their actions together. The ability of an individual or group of individuals to know and predict the behaviors of others is not only dependent on the neural processes of social cognition and perception, but also on the environmental and perceptual-motor processes that make these interactions possible (see Michael Richardson http://xkiwilabs.com/research/).

This work included the anlaysis of data collected from pairs engaged in a “collision avoidance” task. Examining this complementary goal-directed behavior was the foundation of my work examining the complementary coordination that emerges between improvising musicians.


Experimental setup for Self-Organized Complementary Joint Action: Behavioral Dynamics of an Interpersonal Collision-Avoidance Task (Richardson et al., 2015).

Other related work includes contributing to the analysis of data collected by Adam Kiefer at Brown University’s VENLab, focused on modeling the coherence that emerges when groups move together as they navigate through a space. This work is published as part of an ebook: “Dynamics of Joint-Action, Social Coordination, and Multi-Agent Activity” (click to download).



Key publications & presentations

Keifer, A., Rio, K., Bonneaud, S., Walton, A., & Warren W. (2017). Quantifying and Modeling Coordination and Coherence in Pedestrian Groups. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science.(download)

Richardson, M., Harrison, S., Kallen, R., Walton, A., Eiler, B., Saltzman, E., & Schmidt R. (2015). Self-Organized Complementary Joint Action: Behavioral Dynamics of an Interpersonal Collision-Avoidance Task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. (download)

Chauvigné, L., Walton, A., Richardson, M.J., & Brown, S.(July, 2017). Group synchrony and multi-sensory integration in Greek folk dancing. Joint Action Meeting VII, London, UK.




Publications

Chauvigné, L., Walton, A., Richardson, M.J., & Brown, S.(forthcoming). Multi-person and multisensory synchronization among folk dancers.

Keifer, A., Rio, K., Bonneaud, S., Walton, A., & Warren W. (2017). Quantifying and Modeling Coordination and Coherence in Pedestrian Groups. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science.

Richardson, M., Harrison, S., Kallen, R., Walton, A., Eiler, B., Saltzman, E., & Schmidt R. (2015). Self-Organized Complementary Joint Action: Behavioral Dynamics of an Interpersonal Collision-Avoidance Task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Walton, A., Lucas, J., Kallen, R., Coey, C., Richardson, M.J. (July, 2015). Behavioral Dynamics of Joint-Action and Social Movement Coordination. Joint Action Meeting VI, Budapest, Hungary.
 

Presentations

Chauvigné, L., Walton, A., Richardson, M.J., & Brown, S.(July, 2017). Group synchrony and multi-sensory integration in Greek folk dancing. Joint Action Meeting VII, London, UK.

Walton, A., Lucas, J., Riley, M.A. & Richardson, M.J. (June, 2014). Behavioral Dynamics of Joint Action and Social Movement. International Society for Environmental Psychology North American meeting, Miami, OH.

Walton, A., Kiefer, A. W., Riley, M.A., Gresham, L.J., Wallot, S., Shockley, K., Kloos, H. (March, 2014). Can children walk and think at the same time? Exploring the developmental trajectory to cognitive complexity in a dual-task paradigm. Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences 6th International Nonlinear Science Conference, Nijmigen, Netherlands.

Walton, A., Lucas, J., Kallen, R., Coey, C., Richardson, M.J. (July, 2015). Behavioral Dynamics of Joint-Action and Social Movement Coordination. Joint Action Meeting VI, Budapest, Hungary.

Walton, A., Eiler, B., Kallen, R., Harrison, S. & Richardson, M. (August, 2013). Quantifying Degree and Directionality of Coupling using Cross Recurrence Analysis. Poster presented at the Fifth International Recurrence Symposium, Chicago, IL.

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