Affectve resonance annd social interaction
Affective Resonance and Social Interaction
Rainer Mühlhoff, SFB 1171 „Affective Societies“, Freie Universität Berlin.
In interactive social cognition and developmental psychology it has been
widely agreed that central aspects of emotional and social experience arise
in the unfolding of embodied interactions. Bi-directional couplings of bodily
displays such as facial expressions, gestures, and vocalizations have been
described in terms of coordination, synchrony, mimesis, or attunement. In
this talk I will introduce the notion of affective resonance to approach these
phenomena from a perspective of philosophy and affect studies. Starting
from the immediate phenomenal experience of being immersed in interaction,
affective resonance highlights that the interaction dynamic itself creates
an affective experience rather than transmitting internal feeling states between
pre-existent individuals. The concept gives rise to a philosophical
framework based on a relational and processual ontology, where affect is always
a dynamic entanglement of affecting and being-affected in relation.
In the second part I will discuss that affective resonance can function as a
bridge to an analysis of social power dynamics – in a perspective I call immersive
power. The concept enables an understanding of how social ‘norms’
operate in a situated and embodied way within affective dynamics, irreducible
to discursive attributions.