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Wolf, Sebanz and Knoblich publish new online article

May 13, 2020

The rhythms and melodies produced by Amadinda players are so intricate that they seem impossible to produce (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJzWOC--ixc). Research on inter-limb coordination has shown that maintaining such intricate coordination at a high tempo is indeed almost impossible. Amadinda players however distribute their melodies and rhythms across performers in a certain way that might hint at how unusual coordination patterns are achieved in joint music-making and other joint actions.

McCallum, Mitchell and Scott-Phillips publish article on the art experience

July 24, 2019

Art theory has consistently emphasised the importance of situational, cultural, institutional and historical factors in viewers’ experience of fine art. However, the link between this heavily context-dependent interpretation and the workings of the mind is often left unexamined. The recently published article situates and describes the Western fine art tradition as a phenomenon that is a consequence of both the cognitive processes involved in communication, and of cultural norms, practices and institutions. 

JAM8 brought together over 150 cognitive scientists in Genoa

July 15, 2019

The Social Mind and Body Lab's 8th bi-annual Joint Action Meeting (JAM) was held in Genoa, Italy on July 10-13, 2019. More than 150 cognitive scientists and researchers came together from related disciplines studying individuals’ ability to act together. 

The conference was co-organized by the Central European University, Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and Università degli Studi di Genova. 

Published debate on the misunderstandings of cultural attraction

May 8, 2019

Christophe Heintz and Thom Scott-Phillips from the OStension, Communication And Relevance (OSCAR) group has recently published an article on the misunderstandigs about cultural attraction which sparked a lively academic debate. The full texts can be accessed under the links below: 

Natalie Sebanz appointed as Secretary of APS

December 17, 2018

Professor Natalie Sebanz was appointed to be member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). She will serve as the Secretary of the Association.