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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2021, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (3): 450-459.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2021.00450

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The mechanism of representational alignment in spatial dialogue

YU Meng, LI Jing   

  1. School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China
  • Received:2020-05-26 Online:2021-03-15 Published:2021-01-27

Abstract: How do people process and communicate spatial information with others in spatial dialogue is a widely studied issue in the domain of spatial cognition. The scholars have found that there is a common phenomenon in spatial dialogue that people who communicate with their partners in spatial dialogue will achieve alignment at different representational levels, such as spatial terms, spatial frames of reference, and viewing perspectives. The physical characteristics of the spatial scene and the collaboration between people will affect the degree of representation alignment. The physiological basis for realizing representational alignment is the consistency of the neural activities of the speakers and listeners. In the future, we can continue to explore the mechanism of representation alignment, such as the relationship between representational alignment and individual spatial preferences, and how partners’ characteristics affect the degree of this alignment.

Key words: spatial dialogue, spatial collaboration, interactive alignment model, representational alignment

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