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There is growing recognition of the essential role of sensorimotor processes as not just a supporter of the cognitive aspects of decision making, but rather as a foundation for all the coordinated physical and mental activities that go into how we make decisions. We illuminate concepts and methods for examining embodied decision making through the lens of Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA).
Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA) identifies signature movement patterns reflective of cognitive priorities and motivations that manifest during various stages of the human decision-making process. Prior work demonstrated high inter-rater reliability and prediction of decision-making processes in leaders.
Leaders can and do vary substantially in their decision-making styles. One promising approach for capturing such variation is to analyze signature movement patterns that reflect cognitive priorities and motivations manifested during various stages of the decision making process.
There has been a surge of interest in examining the utility of methods for capturing individual differences in decision-making style. We illustrate the potential offered by Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA), an observational methodology that has been used in business and by the US Department of Defense to record body movements that provide predictive insight into individual differences in decision-making motivations and actions.