Dissertations and publications of students



Laura Schmitz (Supervisor: Gunther knoblich, Secondary Supervisor: Natalie Sebanz)


Denis Tatone (Supervisor: Gergely Csibra, Secondary Supervisor: Dan Sperber)

Dora Kampis  (Supervisor: Ágnes M. Kovács, Secondary Supervisor: Gergely Csibra)

Martin Freundlieb (Supervisor: Natalie Sebanz, Secondary Supervisor: Ágnes M. Kovács)

Pavel Valeryevich Voinov (Supervisor: Günther Klaus Knoblich, Secondary Supervisor: Natalie Sebanz)



Vesper, C., Schmitz, L., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2013). Joint action coordination through strategic reduction in variability. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1522 - 1527). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.


Tatone, D., Geraci, A., & Csibra, G. (2015). Giving and taking: Representational building blocks of active resource-transfer events in human infants. Cognition, 137, 47-62. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2014.12.007

Csibra, G. & Shamsudheen, R. (2015). Nonverbal generics: Human infants interpret objects as symbols of object kinds. Annual Review of Psychology, 68, 689-710. http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-psych-010814-015232

Kampis, D., Parise, E., Csibra, G., & Kovacs, A.M. (2015). Neural signatures for sustaining object representations attributed to others in preverbal human infants. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London B 282: 20151683. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.1683

Tatone, D. & Csibra, G. (2015). Learning in and about opaque worlds. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, 49-50. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0140525x14000740


Csibra, G., Hernik, M., Mascaro, O., Tatone, D., & Lengyel, M. (2016). Statistical treatment of looking-time data. Developmental Psychology, 52(4), 521-536. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dev0000083

Kampis, D., Parise, E., Csibra, G., & Kovacs, A.M. (2016). On potential ocular artifacts in infant EEG: A reply to comments by Köster. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London B. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.1285

Freundlieb, M., Kovács, Á.M., & Sebanz N. (2016). When do humans spontaneously adopt another’s visuospatial perspective? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(3), 401-412. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000153

Kampis, D., Fogd, D., & Kovács, Á.M. (2016). Nonverbal components of Theory of Mind in typical and atypical development. Infant Behavior and Development. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2016.11.001

Vesper, C., Schmitz, L., Safra, L., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2016). The role of shared visual information for joint action coordination. Cognition, 153, 118-123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2016.05.002

Vesper, C., Schmitz, L., & Knoblich, G. (2016). Using Violations of Fitts’ Law to Communicate during Joint Action. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J.C. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2219-2224). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. http://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2016/papers/0385/paper0385.pdf

Wahn, B., Schmitz, L., Koenig, P., & Knoblich, G. (2016). Benefiting from Being Alike: Interindividual Skill Differences Predict Collective Benefit in Joint Object Control. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J.C. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2747-2752). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. http://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2016/papers/0473/paper0473.pdf

Heintz, C., Karabegovic, M., & Molnar, A. (2016). The Co-evolution of honesty and strategic vigilance. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1503. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01503


Vesper, C., Abramova, E., Bütepage, J., Ciardo, F., Crossey, B., Effenberg, A., Hristova, D., Karlinsky, A., McEllin, L., Sari Nijssen, Schmitz, L., & Wahn, B. (2017). Joint action: Mental representations, shared information and general mechanisms for coordinating with others. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 2039. http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.02039/full?&utm_source=Email_to_authors_&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=T1_11.5e1_author&utm_campaign=Email_publication&field=&journalName=Frontiers_in_Psychology&id=226479

Schmitz, L., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2017). Co-representation of others' task constraints in joint action. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance43(8), 1480-1493.

Vesper, C., Schmitz, L., & Knoblich, G. (2017). Modulating action duration to establish non-conventional communication. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(12), 1722-1737. http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2017-54956-003

Hernik, M. & Shamsudheen, R. (2017). Learning Theories. In B. Hopkins, E. Geangu & S. Linkenauger (Eds.), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development, 2nd Edition (pp 50-59). Cambridge University Press.

Freundlieb, M., Sebanz, N., & Kovács, Á. M. (2017). Out of your sight, out of my mind: Knowledge about another person’s visual access modulates spontaneous visuospatial perspective-taking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43(6), 1065-1072.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000379

Voinov, P. V., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2017). Perceptual judgments made better by indirect interactions: Evidence from a joint localization task. PLoS ONE, 12(11), e0187428.


Mahr, J. & Csibra, G. (2018). Why do we remember? The communicative function of episodic memory. Target article in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X17000012, e1.

O. Morin & H, Miton (2018) Detecting copying wholesale, Evolution and Human Behavior, http://www.ehbonline.org/article/S1090-5138(17)30275-1/fulltext

H. Mercier, Y. Majima & H. Miton (2018) Willingness to transmit and the spread of pseudo-scientific beliefs, Applied Cognitive Science

Woźniak M, Kourtis D, Knoblich G (2018) Prioritization of arbitrary faces associated to self: An EEG study. PLoS ONE 13(1): e0190679

Cesana-Arlotti N., Martín A., Téglás E., Vorobyova L., Cetnarski R., Bonatti L. (2018) Precursors of logical reasoning in preverbal human infants, Science 359, 1263–1266

Ebru Ger, Nazlı Altınok, Ulf Liszkowski, Aylin C. Küntay (2018) Development of Infant Pointing from 10 to 12 months: The Role of Relevant Caregiver Responsiveness. Infancy (https://doi.org/10.1111/infa.12239)

in press

Schmitz, L., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (in press). When Height Carries Weight: Communicating Hidden Object Properties for Joint Action. Cognitive Science.

Michael, J., Wolf, T., Letesson, C., Butterfill, S., Skewes, J., Hohwy, J. (in press). Seeing it both ways: Using a double-cueing task to investigate the role of spatial cueing in level-1 visual perspective-taking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. DOI: 10.1037/xhp0000486

Freundlieb, M., Kovacs, A., & Sebanz, N. (in press). Reading your mind while you are reading - Evidence for spontaneous visuospatial perspective-taking during a semantic categorization task. Psychological Science.

Kline, M., Shamsudheen, R., & Broesch, T. (in press). Variation is the universal: Making cultural evolution work in developmental psychology. Philosophical Transcations of the Royal Society B.

McEllin, L., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (in press). Imitation from a Joint Action Perspective. Mind and Language.

McEllin, L., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (in press). Distinct Kinematic Markers of Demonstration and Joint Action Coordination? Evidence from Virtual Xylophone Playing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Wolf, T., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (in press). Joint Action Coordination in Expert-Novice Pairs: Can Experts Predict Novices’ Suboptimal Timing?. Cognition.