Spatiotemporal Symmetry and Multifractal Structure of Head Movements

Ashenfelter, K. T., Boker, S. M., Waddell, J. R., & Vitanov, N. (in press). Spatiotemporal Symmetry and Multifractal Structure of Head Movements during Dyadic Conversation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance

This study examined the influence of sex, social dominance, and context on motion-tracked head movements during dyadic conversations. Windowed cross-correlation analyses found high peak correlation between conversants’ head movements over short (2 second) intervals and a high degree of nonstationarity. Nonstationarity in head movements was found to be related to gender of the participants. Multifractal analysis found small-scale fluctuations to be persistent, and large-scale fluctuations to be antipersistent. These results are consistent with a view that symmetry is formed between conversants over short intervals and that this symmetry is broken at longer, irregular intervals.

(a) Coordination between dancers is mostly stationary (b) Coordination during conversation is highly nonstationary.

The manuscript of this article accepted for publication can be downloaded as a PDF. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

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