brain research on communication and social interaction

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09 Jul 2020, 4:34 am

About ten years ago, we started a new research line aimed at understanding the fundamental principles of human communication. As part of this research, we've developed an experimental two-player protocol that strips everyday social interaction of words and gestures to gain more reliable access to those principles and how they are implemented in the brain.

We've recently had the opportunity to extend this work to include individuals on the autism spectrum, which has proven informative and advanced our understanding of both autistic and neurotypical communication. We're currently planning follow-up studies and could benefit from analyzing large datasets of people playing the game anonymously online.

If you enjoy collaborative puzzle-solving while also helping research, please give it a try. The game itself is admittedly a little difficult at first, so please read the instructions carefully (which will be repeated in-game). Note that it's a two-player game, such that you may need to invite a friend if there are currently no active players.



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09 Jul 2020, 4:42 am

mutualunderstanding
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(sorry, cannot post links yet being new to the forum..)



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09 Jul 2020, 6:50 am

arjsto wrote:
About ten years ago, we started

Who are you though?



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09 Jul 2020, 9:13 am

This is a highly interesting research project. There is a excellent paper about it here: https://psyarxiv.com/7nbms/

The game can be found here: http://www.mutualunderstanding.nl/game



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10 Jul 2020, 3:21 am

Thanks, rdos. For those interested, I'll post a link to a summary of that study soon.

"we" = an international team of researchers



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10 Jul 2020, 7:27 am

I have never found anyone I could brainstorm with, and have never done on-line games. I presume my input is excluded?



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10 Jul 2020, 8:01 am

On the contrary, the larger and more diverse the "sample population", the better this research can generalize to the general population. Also, this is the first time we try to employ the game outside the lab. Constructive feedback would be highly appreciated.

Here's a summary of that earlier study rdos referred to:
https://www.languageininteraction.nl/ag ... utism.html



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10 Jul 2020, 12:25 pm

arjsto wrote:
On the contrary, the larger and more diverse the "sample population", the better this research can generalize to the general population. Also, this is the first time we try to employ the game outside the lab. Constructive feedback would be highly appreciated.

Here's a summary of that earlier study rdos referred to:
https://www.languageininteraction.nl/ag ... utism.html


I have read the instructions, and still can't imagine the task, nor do I have a friend to invite. To me, the invitation is not to beat a score, but to blunder around like a blind fool.



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10 Jul 2020, 2:27 pm

Hi Dear_one, you're more than welcome to give it a try.

Yes, since the game is new, some coordination will be needed to find another player still. Perhaps anyone reading this?



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10 Jul 2020, 5:35 pm

Dear_one wrote:
I have read the instructions, and still can't imagine the task, nor do I have a friend to invite. To me, the invitation is not to beat a score, but to blunder around like a blind fool.

arjsto wrote:
Hi Dear_one, you're more than welcome to give it a try.

Yes, since the game is new, some coordination will be needed to find another player still. Perhaps anyone reading this?

I would be willing to try it but we're probably in different time zones. I am in Europe.



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12 Jul 2020, 3:45 pm

Hi Lely, Dear_one, and others willing to try our game,

I have placed a small chatbox at the bottom of the page (http://www.mutualunderstanding.nl/game). This should make it easier to find out whether someone is currently visiting the page and ready to play. You can chat with them after you log in to the chatbox (as a "guest", no need to make an account or anything).

The website is only a few weeks old, so the chances of it being found by accident are low. Hence, it may be more effective still to invite someone you know if that's a possibility.