Scientific program

Thursday, 24th May

9.30 – 18.00    **NEW EVENT** Pre-conference worskhop: ‘PredPsych’, a R based toolbox for machine learning in experimental psychology – click here for more info

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Friday, 25th May

8.30 – 9.30 Onsite Registration
9.30 – 9.40 Welcome Speech
9.40 – 10.30 Keynote Lecture I – Cristina Becchio:

Seeing Mental states: an empirical approach

10.30 – 11.00 Poster Pitch I 1.         Quentin Moreau – Prediction errors during interpersonal motor interactions reveal frontal and occipito-temporal theta.

2.        Jairo Perez-Osorio – Action expectations modulate joint attention in naturalistic scenarios. 

3.        Laura S. Cuijpers – The effect of mechanical coupling on interpersonal coordination in crew rowing. 

4.        Divya Bhatia – Pointing performed by others facilitate visuo-spatial memory, but how much should I be involved?

11.00 – 12.00 Poster session I + coffee break (sponsored by GPEM)
12.00 – 13.20 Symposium I – Annalisa Bosco (convener), Alessandro Benedetto, Silvio P. Sabatini, Vittorio Sanguineti:

Shaping the understanding of the world through action.

13.20 – 14.20 Lunch
14.20 – 15.20 Talk session I


Moving bodies I

1.            Antonella Maselli – Whole-body throwing kinematics cues provide information on ball trajectory and individual throwing style.

2.           James P. Trujillo – Action expectation and social processing: Brain activation in response to communicatively exaggerated kinematics. 

3.          Katrina L. McDonough – From Moving Bodies to Distorted Minds: Expectations of Action Bias Social Perception.

15.20 – 16.20 Talk session II


Moving bodies II

1.            Claudia Gianelli – On grasping and being grasped: processing active and passive language in the motor system.

2.           Stefania Moretti – Can nodding and shaking reveal attitudes? A preliminary study of embodied social cognition on head movements.

3.          Alessandro Grecucci – Shame on you! Morphometric and neuropsychological evidence of shame processing.

16.20 – 16.50 Coffee break (sponsored by GPEM)
16.50 – 17.50 Talk session III



of Space

1.            Luigi F. Cuturi – The triangle completion task in children: The development of spatial updating across age.

2.           Miles Tufft – Social Beliefs and Visual Attention: How the Social Relevance of a Cue Influences Spatial Orienting.

3.          Michele Scandola – Moving in space in a wheelchair: the embodiment of one’s own wheelchair and its effects on navigational space representation in people with spinal cord injury.

17.50 – 18.50 Talk session IV

Movement and interaction

1.            Oscar de Bruijn – Evidence for adaptive utility maximisation in the coordination of meaning in task-focussed conversations.

2.           Paola Cesari – When sounds convey emotions: sound localization and action pre-planning.

3.          Gillian S. Forrester – Motor biases and social ability in typically developing children.



Saturday, 26th May

9.30 – 9.40 Introduction
9.40 – 10.30 Keynote Lecture II (sponsored by I.MOVE.U) – Leonhard Schilbach:

Towards a second-person neuroscience & neuropsychiatry: Insights from behavioral and neuroimaging studies

10.30 – 11.00 Poster Pitch II 1.         Sonia Betti – The role of gaze in social requests.

2.        Sonia Ponzo – It’s not you, it’s me: the impact of visual feedback on motor awareness, agency and body ownership in anosognosia for hemiplegia. 

3.        Jordi Manuello – A quantitative evaluation of the transdiagnostic meaning of social cognitive dysfunction. 

4.        Birgit Rauchbauer – Neurophysiological mechanisms of conversation investigated with fMRI. 

5.        Elena Aggius Vella – Auditory spatial representation around the body.

11.00 – 12.00 Poster session II + coffee break (sponsored by GPEM)
12.00 – 13.00 Symposium II – Frank Van Overwalle (convener), Giusy Olivito, Chiara Ferrari:

The social cerebellum

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.50 Keynote Lecture III (sponsored by I.MOVE.U) – Natalie Sebanz:

Self and other as a unit: The “We” in joint action planning and coordination

14.50 – 15.50 Talk session V


Joint actions

1.           Shaheed Azaad – Social modulation of affordances: Task sharing creates joint affordances in a bimanual affordance task.

2.          Lucia M. Sacheli – Behavioural and Neurophysiological Evidence for a Dyadic Motor Plan in Joint Action. 

3.          Cordula Vesper – Modulating action duration to establish non-conventional communication.

15.50 – 16.50 Talk session VI



1.           Dimitrios Kourtis – Observation of communicative cues makes human interaction more meaningful: Evidence from EEG.

2.          Francesca Ciardo – Emergent coordination in cooperative and competitive joint action.

3.          Frank T. J. M. Zaal – Emergent Coordination in Joint Interception.

16.50 – 17.20 Coffee break (sponsored by GPEM)
17.20 – 18.20 Talk session VII



1.           Arianna Curioni – Joint goal representation in infants: a fNIRS study.

2.          Michela Candini – When social and action space diverge: a study in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

3.          Anna Ciaunica – The Multisensory Base of Bodily Coupling in Face-to-Face Social Interactions: Contrasting the Case of Autism with the Mobius Syndrome.

18.20 – 19.20 Talk session VIII


New technologies for the study of interaction

1.           Agnieszka Wykowska – Uncovering mechanisms of social cognition with the use of experimental protocols involving a humanoid robot.

2.          Jacopo Zenzeri – Knowledge transfer during dyadic physical interaction: learning and generalization.

3.          Victoria Brugada-Ramentol – I move, therefore I am (?): Active control increases sense of ownership over a virtual limb in a reaching-like task.

20.30 Social Dinner



Sunday, 27th May

10.00 – 10.10 Introduction
10.10 – 11.00 Keynote Lecture IV (sponsored by I.MOVE.U) – Luciano Fadiga:

‘Action and interaction’

11.00 – 12.00 Talk session IX

Mini symposium


The body in the brain

1.         Francesca Garbarini – Introduction

2.        Irene Ronga – Me, my hand, and I: Repeated stimulation highlights a possible correlate of self-body recognition in visual ERPs.

3.       Carlotta Fossataro – Body awareness and multisensory integration: an ERP study.

4.       Valentina Bruno – Inhibitory motor response with a phantom limb: an ERP study.

12.00 – 13.00 Talk session X


Body, space and interaction

1.         Ivan Patanè – Object ownership reveals peripersonal space modulations during observed and executed actions.

2.        Valentina Pacella – The role of white matter disconnections in Anosognosia for Hemiplegia.

3.       Anna-Katarina Strasser – Reciprocal exchanges of social cues in social interactions.

13.00 – 13.30 General discussion and closing remarks

This conference is supported by funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC grant agreement n° [312919]- I.MOVE.U


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