Adaptive Coupling and Intersubjectivity in Simulated Turn-Taking Behaviour

  • Hiroyuki Iizuka
  • Takashi Ikegami
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2801)


Turn-taking behaviour is simulated with a coupled agents system. Each agent is modelled as a mobile robot with two wheels. A recurrent neural network is used to produce the motor outputs and to hold the internal dynamics. Agents are developed to take turns on a two dimensional arena by causing the network structures to evolve.

Turn-taking is established using either regular or chaotic behaviour of the agents. It is found that chaotic turn-takers are more sensitive to the adaptive inputs from the other agent. On the other hand, regular turn-takers are comparatively insensitive to noisy inputs due to their restricted dynamics. From various observations, including turn-taking with virtual agents, we claim that the chaotic turn-taking agents become less robust when coping with virtual agents but at the same time, those agents are more adaptable to each other than the regular turn-taking agents. All these findings are discussed and compared with Trevarthen’s double monitor experiments.


Mobile Robot Recurrent Neural Network Joint Attention Virtual Agent Adaptive Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroyuki Iizuka
    • 1
  • Takashi Ikegami
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General Systems Sciences, The Graduate School of Arts and SciencesUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan

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