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Course MD701 Winter 2010/11

Hybrid Media

Prof. Fetzner,C. Fischer, B. Dudzik

Discuss the paper Mutual Incorporation by Fuchs and De Jaegher. Use the comment box below.

Engy Allam — 08 November 2010, 17:02
 Social understanding is based on the interaction practice and the coordination between any 2 agents. 

There are two kinds of theories that discuss different points of view on this issue;Theory theory (TT) and Simulation theory (ST).But both of them have some disadvantages,Where both theories are discussing how to explain and understand peoples' behaviors'. Simulation theory says that we model the beliefs and intentions of others whom we deal with as if we were in their situation. Which doesn't happen most of the time. And this brings us to mutual incorporation, through which. The two agents are interacting with each other and the living bodies around them. We also don't receive information from the environment useless we socially interact and participate in generating meanings; The contact of gazes is certainly one of the most intense forms of social interaction and understanding, Where the gaze can control the others behaviors, the other body influence our own bodily movements and sensation, and via versa. A dyadic interaction also occurs in the early childhood, as the infants copies their caregivers's facial expressions and gazes.

Christine Ramez — 08 November 2010, 18:10

Observing and perceiving someone differs from interacting with him/her. This article is basically discussing this problem: intersubjectivity from the angle of the interaction process. Fuchs and De Jaegher stated that thereís no such thing as minds interacting, however interaction is created with personal contact: face-to-face, gestures and expressions. Moreover, there are 2 types of concepts of social cognition: Theory theory, which is our prediction of the personís behavior and Simulation theory, which is putting ourselves in this personís shoes. To sum up, mutual incorporation is the shared development of the lived bodies.

Yasmin Shehab — 09 November 2010, 05:29

The text poses the idea that people interact with each other on two levels, both internal and external. They generate common meaning based not only on the words they're saying but on their movements, gestures and body language as well. The researchers then illustrate this idea with the example of the relationship between a baby and it's parents. Babies are born with the ability to mimic the expressions of their parents and this represents a two way communication model as they both influence and bounce off of each other.

Ghada Fikri — 09 November 2010, 05:37

If we apply that notion of passive observation on Facebook interactions as an example of the modern form of communication we see that it fits, that in a sense you communicate with people but you do not actually interact with him or her, you deal with fake imitations and then we give importance to this and make it part of our social capacities. The paper refers to some activities as 'snapshot' the way I see it Facebook activities really fit that description.

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