Joint Action Theory and Pair Analytics: In-vivo Studies of Cognition and Social Interaction in Collaborative Visual Analytics


Herbert H. Clark’s Joint Action Theory (JAT) has been groundbreaking for understanding the social and cognitive mechanisms that allow people to effectively coordinate joint actions in conversational, face-to-face settings. Using a method we call “Pair Analytics,” we have extended the application of JAT to the study of analytical reasoning in computer-mediated, human-to-human interactions. Pair analytics (PA) sets a naturalistic scenario in which the social and cognitive role of human-human and human-computer interactions can be studied. In this paper, we support the claim that coupling JAT and PA is an effective research strategy to capture and study three socio-cognitive phenomena in collaborative visual analytics: (1) structuring and navigation of joint analysis; (2) management of joint attention; (3) and signaling of cognitively demanding tasks.

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