Multimodal Interactions Development Process in Collaborative Creation


We have tried to quantify communication, both in terms of verbal and non-verbal processes, in collaborative activities using collaborators engaged in a creative task as our study subjects. This study involved a production task using LEGO® blocks. The study subjects consisted of a total of ten groups; five groups made up of three men and another five, of three women. In an earlier study conducted by the same writer using male-only subjects, the group rated to have produced a work of greater perfection used a number of gestures to communicate, while the group rated to show a high level of originality was engaged in conversation unrelated to the task. The current study repeated a similar experiment using women subjects under the same conditions. We analyzed the modes of communication generated in collaborative activities and the differences between men and women, both in terms of verbal and non-verbal processes.

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