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Cordula Vesper

Associate Professor

Cordula Vesper

My research interests focus on intentional joint action coordination: I investigate the cognitive mechanisms underlying seemingly easy everyday behaviors such as moving a couch with someone else, shaking hands or clapping together after a concert. This interest extends into domains like musical ensemble coordination, team sports, action understanding, human-robot interaction and sense of agency. More recently, my focus has become studying links between action, coordination, and communication. I study these topics both in the lab and outside, e.g. in museums as part of the project "Experimenting, Experiencing, Reflecting" (EER) with PI Andreas Roepstorff and artist Olafur Eliasson.

I have a background in Cognitive Science and Neuro-cognitive Psychology, which I studied at the University of Osnabrueck and Ludwigs-Maximilians-University Munich in my home country Germany. I received a PhD from Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) for my thesis "Acting Together: Mechanisms of Intentional Coordination" supervised by Natalie Sebanz and Günther Knoblich. Afterwards I worked as a postdoc at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where I was involved in, among other things, the ERC Synergy project "Constructing Social Minds: Coordination, Communication, and Cultural Transmission" (SOMICS). Until 2019, I was a young fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Bielefeld, Germany.

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