The Emerging Science of Interacting Minds

Author: Thalia Wheatley1,2, Mark A Thornton1, Arjen Stolk1, Luke J Chang1
1 Consortium for Interacting Minds, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College.
2 Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Conference/Journal: Perspect Psychol Sci
Date published: 2023 Dec 14
Other: Pages: 17456916231200177 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1177/17456916231200177. , Word Count: 115

For over a century, psychology has focused on uncovering mental processes of a single individual. However, humans rarely navigate the world in isolation. The most important determinants of successful development, mental health, and our individual traits and preferences arise from interacting with other individuals. Social interaction underpins who we are, how we think, and how we behave. Here we discuss the key methodological challenges that have limited progress in establishing a robust science of how minds interact and the new tools that are beginning to overcome these challenges. A deep understanding of the human mind requires studying the context within which it originates and exists: social interaction.

Keywords: collective psychology; conversation; social interaction.

PMID: 38096443 DOI: 10.1177/17456916231200177