Exploring Intraindividual, Interindividual, and Intervariable Dynamics in Dyadic Interactions

Sy Miin Chow, Emilio Ferrer, Fushing Hsieh, Shu Chun Chen

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A fundamental goal in the study of dyadic interactions is to understand the dynamics underlying the interrelations between two units in a dyad. In psychological research, most of the work on dyadic interactions concerns interactions between two individuals (i.e., parent-child, husband-wife, teacher-student). Psychological theories pertaining to dyadic interactions postulate such interactions in dynamic terms (e.g., attachment theory; Bowlby, 1982; Mikulincer & Shaver, 2007). In spite of this theoretical description, there is not much empirical work showing evidence for such dyadic interactions in dynamic terms, with attention to processes over time. One possibility for this mismatch between theory and empirical work is the lack of adequate methodology for uncovering the dynamics between two individuals from multiple time series. In this chapter, we propose a set of exploratory techniques designed to extract patterns of dynamics from dyadic interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStatistical Methods for Modeling Human Dynamics
Subtitle of host publicationAn Interdisciplinary Dialogue
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781135262594
ISBN (Print)9781848728257
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)
  • Medicine(all)
  • Mathematics(all)


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