The sensorimotor dimension of the networked flow: An exploratory study using an interactive collaborative platform

Alice Chirico, Giuseppe Riva, Andrea Gaggioli, Valentino Zurloni, Fabrizia Mantovani, Pietro Cipresso, Alessandro D’Ausilio, Serena Graziosi, Francesco Ferrise, Alberto Gallace, Cedric Mosconi, Marie Jasmine Cazzaniga, Massimiliano Elia, Francesco Cerritelli

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Joint action - the cooperation with other individuals to achieve a shared motor goal, is a crucial ability for human survival. This process takes place when actors are synchronized at a sensorimotor level. However, the experiential correlates of sensorimotor synchronization are not fully understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the experience of flow and social presence in a sensorimotor collaborative task. 12 female couples (mean age = 22.33; S.D. = .815) and 12 male couples (mean age = 22.88; S.D. = .789) were involved in a tower-building task across 10 consecutive trials using the COLLEGO platform [1]. Couple members alternated their leader/follower role. Platform recorded time stamp (ms) and position of each selected object when it was picked/released, providing a measure of performance. Thereafter, participants’ level of flow (Flow State Scale), an intrinsically motivating state of consciousness, and social presence (Networked Minds Social Presence Inventory), i.e., the feeling of being with other Selves in a real or virtual environment, were assessed. Flow and Social presence correlated positively at a global level. Having clear goals was negatively associated with performance, while awareness and merging with one’s own actions correlated positively with performance. Task duration correlated negatively with attentive and behavioral dimensions of social presence, but positively with cognitive and emotional dimensions. Results are discussed according to the Networked Flow model assuming a positive correlation between social presence and flow at the base of the highest levels of collaborative performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
JournalAnnual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • COLLEGO platform
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Flow experience
  • Joint action
  • Networked flow model
  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensorimotor interaction
  • Social presence
  • Synchronization


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