Interaction Studies | Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems

Main information
ORCID logoKerstin Dautenhahn | University of Waterloo
ORCID logoAngelo Cangelosi | University of Manchester
Associate Editors
Emilia Barakova | Eindhoven University of Technology
Tony Belpaeme | Ghent University
Justine Cassell | HCII, Carnegie Mellon University & Inria Paris
Vicky Charisi | European Commission, Centre for Advanced Studies
ORCID logoKerstin Fischer | University of Southern Denmark
Hatice Gunes | University of Cambridge
Takayuki Kanda | Kyoto University
Katja Liebal | University of Leipzig
Xiaofeng Liu | Hohai University
Dingsheng Luo | Peking University
Gary Lupyan | University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tetsuro Matsuzawa | California Institute of Technology
Robert W. Mitchell | Eastern Kentucky University
Chrystopher L. Nehaniv | University of Waterloo
Jacqueline Nadel | Hôpital de la Salpêtrière
Katerina Pastra | Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP)
ORCID logoIrene M. Pepperberg | Boston University
ORCID logoSimone Pika | University of Osnabrück
Gnanathusharan Rajendran | Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
ORCID logoAlessandra Rossi | University of Naples Federico II
Silvia Rossi | Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Giulio Sandini | Italian Institute of Technology
Alessandra Sciutti | Italian Institute of Technology
Gentiane Venture | Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Sławomir Wacewicz | Nicolaus Copernicus University
Astrid Weiss | TU Wien
Gert Westermann | Lancaster University
Chenguang Yang | University of the West of England

This international, peer-reviewed journal aims to advance knowledge in the growing and strongly interdisciplinary area of Interaction Studies in biological and artificial systems. Understanding social behaviour and communication in biological and artificial systems requires knowledge of evolutionary, developmental and neurobiological aspects of social behaviour and communication; the embodied nature of interactions; origins and characteristics of social and narrative intelligence; perception, action and communication in the context of dynamic and social environments; social learning, adaptation and imitation; social behaviour in human-machine interactions; the nature of empathic understanding, behaviour and intention reading; minimal requirements and systems exhibiting social behaviour; the role of cultural factors in shaping social behaviour and communication in biological or artificial societies.

The journal welcomes contributions that analyze social behaviour in humans and other animals as well as research into the design and synthesis of robotic, software, virtual and other artificial systems, including applications such as exploiting human-machine interactions for educational or therapeutic purposes. Fields of interest comprise evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, artificial life, robotics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, cognitive modeling, ethology, social and biological anthropology, palaeontology, animal behaviour, linguistics.

Interaction Studies publishes research articles, research reports, and book reviews.

Interaction Studiesis a successor of Evolution of Communication. While IS significantly broadens the original aims and scope of EoC, we clearly continue to encourage researchers studying the origins of human language and the evolutionary continuum of communication in general to submit high quality manuscripts to Interaction Studies.

ISSN: 1572-0373 | E-ISSN: 1572-0381
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Latest articles

7 June 2024

  • Delineating the field of language evolution research : A quantitative analysis of peer-review patterns at the Joint Conference on Language Evolution (JCoLE 2022)
    Stefan Hartmann , Sławomir Wacewicz , Andrea Ravignani , Daria Valente , Evelina Daniela Rodrigues , Rie Asano Yannick Jadoul | IS 25:1 (2024) pp. 100–117
  • Towards accessible robot-assisted physical play for children with physical disabilities : MyJay, from user-centred design to an initial feasibility study
    Hamza Mahdi , Melanie Jouaiti , Shahed Saleh Kerstin Dautenhahn | IS 25:1 (2024) pp. 36–69
  • Backchannels in the lab and in the wild
    Allison Nguyen , Andrew J. Guydish Jean E. Fox Tree | IS 25:1 (2024) pp. 70–99
  • Exploring the construct of interactional competence in different types of oral communication assessment
    Sonca Vo | IS 25:1 (2024) pp. 1–35
  • Kate Scott . 2022. Pragmatics Online
    Reviewed by Gaoxin Li | IS 25:1 (2024) pp. 118–123
  • 15 February 2024

  • Human risk factors in cybersecurity : Experimental assessment of an academic human attack surface
    Tom Cuchta , Brian Blackwood , Thomas R. Devine Robert J. Niichel | IS 24:3 (2023) pp. 437–463
  • Coordination between vehicles in traffic : Accounting for the use of direction lights based on observations in North-East Italy
    Mariavittoria Masotina Anna Spagnolli | IS 24:3 (2023) pp. 362–379
  • Dog talk : Dogs and humans barking and growling during interspecies play
    Robert W. Mitchell | IS 24:3 (2023) pp. 484–514
  • Texting!!! Attributions of gender and friendliness to texters who use exclamation marks
    Elena Nicoladis , Amen Duggal Alexandra Besoi Setzer | IS 24:3 (2023) pp. 422–436
  • Water, lava, and wind : Lessons learned for field robotics and human factors research during real world disasters
    S. Camille Peres , Ranjana K. Mehta Robin R. Murphy | IS 24:3 (2023) pp. 335–361
  • A matter of consequences : Understanding the effects of robot errors on people’s trust in HRI
    Alessandra Rossi , Kerstin Dautenhahn , Kheng Lee Koay Michael L. Walters | IS 24:3 (2023) pp. 380–421
  • Infants’ imitative learning from third-party observations : The role of the second adult
    Gunilla Stenberg | IS 24:3 (2023) pp. 464–483
  • Jean Wong Hansun Zhang Waring (Eds.). 2021. Review of Storytelling in multilingual interaction: A conversation analysis perspective
    Reviewed by Sun Jianguang | IS 24:3 (2023) pp. 515–520
  • 3 November 2023

  • Soundboard-using pets? Introducing a new global citizen science approach to interspecies communication
    Amalia P. M. Bastos Federico Rossano | IS 24:2 (2023) pp. 311–334
  • Technological advances for getting insight into the learning capacities of birds in the vocal domain
    Sébastien Derégnaucourt , Alice Araguas Bahia Guellaï | IS 24:2 (2023) pp. 289–310
  • Systematic iterative design of interactive devices for animals : Guidance and reflections
    Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas | IS 24:2 (2023) pp. 225–256
  • Sonic enrichment at the zoo : What will the zoo of the future sound like?
    Rébecca Kleinberger | IS 24:2 (2023) pp. 257–288
  • A biosemiotics perspective on dogs’ interaction with interfaces : An analytical and design framework
    Clara Mancini | IS 24:2 (2023) pp. 201–224
  • Animal-computer interfaces : Novel approaches for studying animal behavior, cognition and communication
    Irene M. Pepperberg | IS 24:2 (2023) pp. 193–200
  • 28 August 2023

  • Quietly angry, loudly happy : Self-reported customer satisfaction vs. automatically detected emotion in contact center calls
    Eric Bolo , Muhammad Samoul , Nicolas Seichepine Mohamed Chetouani | IS 24:1 (2023) pp. 168–192
  • Grapheme–phoneme correspondence learning in parrots : A seventeen-month case study with an umbrella cockatoo
    Jennifer M. Cunha , Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas , Rèbecca Kleinberger , Susan Clubb Lynn K. Perry | IS 24:1 (2023) p. 87
  • The Puss in Boots effect : Dog eye size influences pet-directed speech in women
    Jemma Forman , Louise Brown , Holly Root-Gutteridge , Graham Hole , Raffaela Lesch , Katarzyna Pisanski David Reby | IS 24:1 (2023) pp. 48–65
  • Toward a multimodal and continuous approach of infant-adult interactions
    Marianne Jover Maya Gratier | IS 24:1 (2023) p. 5
  • Full-duplex acoustic interaction system for cognitive experiments with cetaceans
    Jörg Rychen , Julie Semoroz , Alexander Eckerle , Richard HR Hahnloser Rébecca Kleinberger | IS 24:1 (2023) pp. 66–86
  • From vocal prosody to movement prosody, from HRI to understanding humans
    Philip Scales , Véronique Aubergé Olivier Aycard | IS 24:1 (2023) pp. 130–167
  • Vocal interactivity in-and-between humans, animals and robots
    Mohamed Chetouani , Elodie F. Briefer , Angela Dassow , Ricard Marxer , Roger K. Moore , Nicolas Obin Dan Stowell | IS 24:1 (2023) pp. 1–4
  • 21 April 2023

  • Towards socially-competent and culturally-adaptive artificial agents : Expressive order, interactional disruptions and recovery strategies
    Chiara Bassetti , Enrico Blanzieri , Stefano Borgo Sofia Marangon | IS 23:3 (2022) pp. 469–512
  • An epistemic logic for formalizing group dynamics of agents
    Stefania Costantini , Andrea Formisano Valentina Pitoni | IS 23:3 (2022) pp. 391–426
  • Toward understanding the effects of socially aware robot behavior
    Oliver Roesler , Elahe Bagheri Amir Aly | IS 23:3 (2022) pp. 513–552
  • Social appropriateness in HMI : The Five Factors of Social Appropriateness (FASA) Model
    Ricarda Wullenkord , Jacqueline Bellon , Bruno Gransche , Sebastian Nähr-Wagener Friederike Eyssel | IS 23:3 (2022) pp. 360–390
  • Learning social navigation from demonstrations with conditional neural processes
    Yigit Yildirim Emre Ugur | IS 23:3 (2022) pp. 427–468
  • Socially acceptable robot behavior : Approaches for learning, adaptation and evaluation
    Oliver Roesler , Elahe Bagheri , Amir Aly , Silvia Rossi Rachid Alami | IS 23:3 (2022) pp. 355–359
  • 24 March 2023

  • Measuring mental wellbeing of children via human-robot interaction : Challenges and opportunities
    Nida Itrat Abbasi , Micol Spitale , Peter B. Jones Hatice Gunes | IS 23:2 (2022) pp. 157–203
  • Co-designing a social robot in a special educational needs school : Listening to the ambitions of autistic children and their teachers
    Nigel Newbutt , Louis Rice , Séverin Lemaignan , Joe Daly , Vicky Charisi Iian Conley | IS 23:2 (2022) pp. 204–242
  • Talking about moving machines : An argumentative perspective
    Céline Pieters , Emmanuelle Danblon , Philippe Souères Jean-Paul Laumond | IS 23:2 (2022) pp. 322–340
  • What’s in a mime? An exploratory analysis of predictors of communicative success of pantomime
    Marta Sibierska , Monika Boruta-Żywiczyńska , Przemysław Żywiczyński Sławomir Wacewicz | IS 23:2 (2022) pp. 289–321
  • Exploring space for robot mistakes in child robot interactions
    Rebecca Stower , Rania Abdelghani , Marisa Tschopp , Keegan Evangelista , Mohamed Chetouani Arvid Kappas | IS 23:2 (2022) pp. 243–288
  • Martin J. Pickering Simon Garrod . 2021. Understanding Dialogue: Language Use and Social Interaction
    Reviewed by Delin Liu | IS 23:2 (2022) pp. 348–354
  • Gitte Kristiansen , Karlien Franco , Stefano De Pascale , Laura Rosseel Weiwei Zhang (Eds.). 2021. Cognitive Sociolinguistics Revisited
    Reviewed by Shuqiong Wu Qiaoling Liang | IS 23:2 (2022) pp. 341–347
  • Child-robot interaction : Design, evaluation, and novel solutions
    Marta Couto , Shruti Chandra , Elmira Yadollahi Vicky Charisi | IS 23:2 (2022) pp. 151–156
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    Amir Aly | University of Plymouth
    Daniela Conti | University of Catania
    Cinzia Di Dio | Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
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    Gabriella Lakatos | University of Hertfordshire
    Sarah Ita Levitan | Hunter College - CUNY
    Angelica Lim | Simon Fraser University
    Wing-Yue Geoffrey Louie | Oakland University
    AJung Moon | McGill University
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    Interaction Studies

    Interaction Studies

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    UYQ: Artificial intelligence

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    SCI075000: SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects