While individuals interact, they coordinate their feelings and emotions. They also coordinate several kinds of expression while interacting, like facial expressions and gestures. Inspired by Karl Bühler’s Organon model and Henri Bergson’s description of remembering experiences, we explore interpersonal coordination during a collaborative remembering task between two people. We present a case study of one dyad employing videography to identify and distinguish two types of spontaneous interpersonal coordination (expressive-affective and representational). In a later stage, separate interviews of both participants are analyzed to establish whether content, freely remembered, is related to the previously observed coordination. The data describes that expressive-affective coordination during interaction is directly linked to the subjective organization of experience in individual remembering. We discuss these results, emphasizing the intersubjective aspects of lived experience and their relationship to expressive and representational aspects of coordination and remembering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-528
Number of pages29
JournalPragmatics and Cognition
Issue number2
StatePublished - 31 Dec 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was partially supported by grants from the Chilean Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of Chile (CONICYT-PCHA, grant numbers 21090851, 81120117), and the Chilean Fund for Scientific and Technological Research (FONDECYT grant No. 11181286 and No. 1141136)

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  • Bergson
  • Bühler
  • Collaborative remembering
  • Expression
  • Interpersonal coordination
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Organon model


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