Joint action

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According to Sebanz, Bekkering, & Knoblich (2006), joint action is “any form of social interaction whereby two or more individuals coordinate their actions in space and time to bring about a change in the environment” (p. 70). Successful joint action is a social skill that takes time to develop in early childhood; the ability to perform such cooperative activities is essential to the continued development of social skills and for developing predictive capacities later on. Capacity for joint action begins to develop in infants around 12-18 months of age (Sebanz, Bekkering, & Knoblich, 2006, p. 70). Joint action requires both partners to share a functional representation of an activity with one another, which in turn requires each individual to carry some ability to predict/represent the other’s behavior.