Communication within Human Activities: A Research Programme for the Psychology of Communication

Antonella Carassa


In this paper I shall take a general stance on communication as part of joint activities. To analyse how interactions unfold, I shall show how two aspects have to be taken into consideration: the personal features of actors (intersubjectivity, knowledge, motivations and emotions), and the structure of joint activities. The latter consists of the entire system within which individuals perform their actions, including the social and institutional framework (norms, roles, powers, operational models) that shapes the activity and the material and symbolic artefacts used by the actors. Three areas of research are of particular relevance: social cognition and intersubjectivity, practices of collective work (workplace studies), and interpersonal relationship. 


communicative acts; joint activities; intersubjectivity; interpersonal relationship; cooperative work

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