Dissertations and publications of students



Otavio Mattos Camara (Supervisor: Gergely Csibra, Secondary Supervisor: Ágnes M. Kovács)

Francesca Bonalumi (Supervisor: Christophe Heintz, Secondary Supervisor: Gergely Csibra, Advisor: John Michael & Thom Scott-Phillips)

Oana Stanciu (Supervisor: József Fiser, Secondary Supervisor: Máté Lengyel)

Paula Fischer (Supervisor: Ernő Téglás, Secondary Supervisor: Ágnes M. Kovács)

Simily Sabu (Supervisor: Günther Knoblich, Secondary Supervisor: Natalie Sebanz, Advisor: Arianna Curioni)

Gábor Lengyel (Supervisor: József Fiser, Secondary Supervisor: Máté Lengyel)


Mia Karabegovic (Supervisor: Christophe Heintz, Secondary Supervisor: Dan Sperber)

Elizaveta Vorobyova (Supervisor: Gergely György, Secondary Supervisor: Ernő Téglás)

Jennifer Ang (Supervisor: Gunther Knoblich, Secondary Supervisor: Natalie Sebanz)

Georgina Török (Supervisor: Natalie Sebanz, Secondary Supervisor: Gergely Csibra)


Nazli Altinok (Supervisor: György Gergely, Secondary Supervisor: Ildikó Király, Advisor Mikolaj Hernik)

Rubeena Shamsudheen (Supervisor: Gergely Csibra, Secondary Supervisor: György Gergely)

Gábor Bródy (Supervisor: Gergely Csibra, Secondary Supervisor: Ágnes Melinda Kovács)

Sára Ágnes Jellinek (Supervisor: József Fiser, Secondary Supervisor: Máté Lengyel)

Helena Miton (Supervisor: Christophe Heintz, Secondary Supervisor: Dan Sperber, External Advisor: Olivier Morin)


Adam Boncz (Supervisor: Gunther Knoblich, Secondary Supervisor: Thalia Wheatley)

Thomas Wolf (Supervisor: Gunther Knoblich, Secondary Supervisor: Natalie Sebanz)

Johannes Mahr (Supervisor: Gergely Csibra, Secondary Supervisor: Dan Sperber)

Jozsef Arato (Supervisor: Jozsef Fiser, Secondary Supervisor: Gergely Csibra)

Eszter Szabo (Supervisor: Agnes Melinda Kovacs, Secondary Supervisor: Gergely Csibra )


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

Luke McEllin (Supervisor: Natalie Sebanz, Secondary Supervisor: Gunther Knoblich)


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)



Tominaga, A., Knoblich, G. & Sebanz, N. (2022). Expert pianists make specific exaggerations for teaching. Scientific Reports, 12, 21296. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-25711-3

Wolf, T., & Knoblich, G. (2022). Joint rushing alters internal timekeeping in non-musicians and musicians. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 1190. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-05298-5


Keric, V., & Sebanz, N. (2021). Task Construal Influences Estimations of the Environment. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Bonalumi, F., Michael, J., Heintz, C. (2021). Perceiving commitments: When we both know that you are counting on me. Mind & Language, 1– 23. https://doi.org/10.1111/mila.12333

Revencu, B., & Csibra, G. (2021). For 19-month-olds, what happens on-screen stays on-screen. Open Mind: Discoveries in Cognitive Science, 5, 71–90. https://doi.org/10.1162/opmi_a_00043 [PDF]

Lengyel, G., Nagy, M. & Fiser, J. (2021). Statistically defined visual chunks engage object-based attention. Nature Communications, 12(1), 272. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-20589-z

Scott-Phillips, T., Tominaga, A., & Miton, H. (2021). Ecological and psychological factors in the cultural evolution of music. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 44. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X20001181


Sabu, S., Curioni, A., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2020). How does a partner’s motor variability affect joint action?. PloS one15(10), e0241417https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0241417

Bonalumi, F., Scott-Phillips, T., Tacha, J., & Heintz, C. (2020). Commitment and Communication: Are we committed to what we mean, or what we say? Language and Cognition, 1–25. https://doi.org/10.1017/langcog.2020.2

Revencu, B., & Csibra, G. (2020). For 19-month-olds, what happens on the screen stays on the screen. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.  [PDF]


Bonalumi, F., Isella, M., & Michael, J. (2019). Cueing Implicit Commitment. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 10(4), 669–688. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13164-018-0425-0

Fiser, J. & Lengyel, G. (2019). A common probabilistic framework for perceptual and statistical learning. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 58, 218-228, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conb.2019.09.007.

Lengyel, G., Žalalytė, G., Pantelides, A., Ingram, J.N., Fiser, J., Lengyel, M., Wolpert, D.M. (2019). Unimodal statistical learning produces multimodal object-like representations. Elife, 8. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.43942

Lengyel, G. & Fiser J. (2019). The relationship between initial threshold, learning, and generalization in perceptual learning. J. Vision, 19 (4), p. 28. https://doi.org/10.1167/19.4.28

Miton, H., Morin, O. (2019). When iconicity stands in the way of abbreviation: No Zipfian effect for figurative signals. Open Access, Plos One

Altınok, N., Sánchez-Amaro, A., Heintz, C., Call, J. (2019). Disentangling Great Apes’ Decoy-Effect Biasin a Food Choice Task. Animal Behavior and Cognition, Vol 6, Issue 3, August 2019

Török, G., Pomiechowska, B., Csibra, G., & Sebanz, N. (2019). Rationality in joint action: Maximizing co-efficiency in coordination. Psychological Science.

Mercier, H, Miton, H. (2019) Utilizing simple cues to informational dependency. Evolution and Human Behaviour

Voinov, P. V., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2019). Collective benefit in joint perceptual judgments: Partial roles of shared environments, meta-cognition, and feedback. Cognition, 189, 116–130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.03.016

Wolf, T., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., Keller, P. E., & Knoblich, G. (2019). Combining Phase Advancement and Period Correction Explains Rushing during Joint Rhythmic Activities. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 9350. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-45601-5

Dockendorff, M., Sebanz, N. & Knoblich, G. (in press) Deviations from optimality should be an integral part of a working definition of SMC. Comment on "The body talks: Sensorimotor communication and its brain and kinematic signatures" by Pezzulo et al. Physics of Life Reviews, 28, 22-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plrev.2019.01.010


Krajcsi A, Lengyel G, Kojouharova P. (2018). Symbolic Number Comparison Is Not Processed by the Analog Number System: Different Symbolic and Non-symbolic Numerical Distance and Size Effects. Frontiers in psychology 9, 124. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00124

Krajcsi A, Lengyel G, Laczkó A. (2018). Interference between number magnitude and parity. Experimental psychology. 65, pp. 71-83. https://doi.org/10.1027/1618-3169/a000394.

Nair, J., Klaassen, A. L., Arato, J., Vyssotski, A. L., Harvey, M., & Rainer, G. (2018). Basal forebrain contributes to default mode network regulation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences115(6), 1352-1357.  https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1712431115   

Mustafar, F., Harvey, M. A., Khani, A., Arató, J., & Rainer, G. (2018). Divergent solutions to visual problem solving across mammalian species. eNeuro5(4).  https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0167-18.2018

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

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)

Wolf, T., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2018). Joint Action coordination in expert-novice pairs: Can experts predict novices' suboptimal timing? Cognition, 178, 103-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2018.05.012

Michael, J., Wolf, T., Letesson, C., Butterfill, S., Skewes, J., & Hohwy, J. (2018). Seeing it both ways: Using a double-cuing task to investigate the role of spatial cuing in Level-1 visual perspective-taking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance44(5), 693. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000486

Schmitz, L., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2018). When Height Carries Weight: Communicating Hidden Object Properties for Joint Action. Cognitive Science, 42, 2021-2059.

Schmitz, L., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2018). Co-actors Represent the Order of Each Other’s Actions. Cognition, 181, 65-79.

McEllin, L., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2018). Imitation from a Joint Action Perspective. Mind and Language.

McEllin, L., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2018). Distinct Kinematic Markers of Demonstration and Joint Action Coordination? Evidence from Virtual Xylophone Playing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Freundlieb, M., Kovacs, A., & Sebanz, N. (2018). Reading your mind while you are reading - Evidence for spontaneous visuospatial perspective-taking during a semantic categorization task. Psychological Science, 29(4), 614-622. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797617740973

Kline, M., Shamsudheen, R., & Broesch, T. (2018). Variation is the universal: Making cultural evolution work in developmental psychology. Philosophical Transcations of the Royal Society B, 373 1743. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2017.0059

Miton H., Charbonneau M., (2018) Cumulative culture in the laboratory: methodological and theoretical challenges. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285 (1789). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.0677

McEllin, L., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2018). Identifying Others' Informative Intentions from Movement Kinematics. Cognition, 180, 246-258. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2018.08.001


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

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.


Krajcsi A, Lengyel G, Kojouharova P. (2016). The source of the symbolic numerical distance and size effects. Frontiers in psychology, 7, 1795. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01795

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


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



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.


in press

Mahr, J. (in press). The dimensions of episodic simulation. Cognition.

Mahr, J. & Csibra, G. (in press). Witnessing, remembering and testifying: Why the past is special for human beings. Perspectives on Psychological Science.