Workshop Information

Methods in studying social cognition

April 3-5, 2013, Schloss Mickeln, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

The aim of this meeting is to bring together empirical scientists and philosophers to explore novel experimental methods of studying social cognition. In particular, the workshop hopes to gather researchers dedicated to developing empirical methods that go beyond the traditional Theory of Mind paradigms based on Theory Theory and/or Simulation Theory. Instead of these paradigms, which have largely focused on reflective and observational processes in social cognition, we want to focus on those paradigms that involve social interactions and allow for the study of the cognitive and affective processes underlying the interaction dynamics.

Please note: The capacity of the workshop is limited to 35 participants. Priority will therefore be given to those who are actively involved in relevant research and who will present a poster. Details on poster submission can be found below.

Confirmed Speakers:
- Berna Guroglu (Brain & Development Lab, Leiden University)
- Kiley Hamlin (Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia)
- Mads Henriksen (Center for Subjectivity Research, Copenhagen & Psychiatric Center Hvidovre)
- Ivana Konvalinka (Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus)
- Miriam Kyselo (Dept. of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of the Basque Country)
- Erik Rietveld (Department of Philosophy, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam)
- Jan Slaby (Department of Philosophy, Free University Berlin)
- Bert Timmermans (Social Cognition Section, School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen)

Wednesday 3rd April

13.30-14.15 Registration and coffee
14.15-14.30 Introduction, Marijn van Wingerden (Dusseldorf)
14.30-15.20 Interpersonal coupling as a framework for studying two-person interactions, Ivana Konvalinka (Copenhagen)
15.20-16.10 Studying self-initiated contingencies via interactive and dual interactive gaze paradigms Bert Timmermans (Aberdeen)
16.10-16.45 BREAK
16.45-17.35 Social Affordances & Skilled Intentionality, Erik Rietveld (Amsterdam)
17.35-18.30 Discussion Speakers 1, 2 & 3
20.00 Dinner (Speakers) Restaurant Destille

Thursday 4th April

09.30-10.20 Social and moral cognition in a preverbal population: Studies with human infants, Kiley Hamlin (British Colombia)
10.20-11.10 Social decision-making in peer relationships, Berna Guroglu (Leiden)
11.10-11.45 BREAK (coffee & biscuits)
11.45-12.35 Investigating the neural basis of real-life human behavior and social interaction with intracranial EEG, Tonio Ball (Freiberg)
12.35-13.30 Discussion Speakers 4, 5 & 6
13.30-15.00 Lunch (and poster preparation)
15.00-15.45 Poster blitz
15.45-18.00 Poster session
18:00 Drinks at the Schloss
19:00 Dinner at the Schloss

Friday 5th April

10.00-10.50 Schizophrenia, phenomenology, and empathy Mads Henriksen (Copenhagen)
10.50-11.40 The Socially Enacted Self and its Implications for Psychopathology Miriam Kyselo (Basque Country)
11.40-12.15 BREAK (coffee & biscuits)
12.15-13.05 The resonance model of emotion and the extended mind Jan Slaby (Free University Berlin)
13.05-14.00 Discussion Speakers 7, 8 & 9


Previous workshop information:

Pre-reflective and Reflective Processing in Social Interaction (pdf)

March 12-14 2012, Elton Room, Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK.

This meeting will bring together neuroscientists, psychologists and philosophers interested in the mechanisms underlying social behaviour with the aim of exploring the role of pre-reflective/implicit and reflective/explicit processes of social interaction. In particular, the meeting will combine researchers dedicated to more traditional Theory of Mind accounts, who have largely focused on reflective processes in social cognition, with proponents of an approach that emphasises pre-reflective enactment and engagement in social interactions. The workshop focuses on the conceptual and theoretical contributions of these two approaches to our understanding of social interactions. In addition, the meeting aims to explore whether different theoretical assumptions are needed to understand cooperative and competitive interactions.

Please note: Registration for this workshop is closed.


Invited Speakers:

Ian Apperly (Birmingham)

Louise Barrett (Lethbridge)

Harold Bekkering (Nijmengen)

Stephen Butterfill (Warwick)

Chris Frith (Aarhus/Oxford)

Bence Nanay (Antwerp)

Søren Overgaard (Copenhagen)

Natalie Sebanz (Nijmegen)

Marc Slors (Nijmegen)



The workshop will be held at Clare College:

Links to maps:



Cambridge is easily accessible by road, rail and air:

By road
Cambridge is linked to London and the M25 by the M11 motorway.
Access from the Midlands and North is via the A14 and A1.

Cambridge is less than an hour away from London by train with frequent departures from King’s Cross and Liverpool Street stations. Some direct services operate from Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham. Cambridge Station is about a 25 minute walk from Clare College, but buses run every 8 minutes into the centre of Cambridge and taxis are available for hire at Cambridge Station.

There are frequent services between London’s Victoria Coach Station and Drummer Street Bus Station in Cambridge. Most services will terminate from Cambridge Bus Station, from here it is only a 5-minute walk to Clare Old Court.

Stansted Airport is located just 30 miles south of Cambridge, is 35 minutes away via the M11 motorway and is the most convenient international airport but there are also regular flights from most European destinations. Heathrow and Gatwick are both approximately 2 hours away by road or rail, and there are frequent coach and/or train connections to Cambridge from all three airports.

If you have any further questions please contact Dr. Christoph Teufel (crt35 AT and/or Dr. Marion Goodman (marion.godman AT


This meeting is organised by Vivian Bohl, Marion Godman, Mog Stapleton, Christoph Teufel, Wouter van den Bos, and Marijn van Wingerden. It is funded by the Volkwagen Foundation as part of a network grant from the European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences, and the Humanities. For more information see: