Genova, July 10-13, 2019 

We invite you to attend the 8th bi-annual Joint Action Meeting (JAM) which brings together cognitive scientists and researchers from related disciplines studying individuals’ ability to act together. Human life is full of joint actions, ranging from a handshake to the performance of a symphony. We are highly skilled at coordinating our actions with those of others to reach common goals, and rely on this ability throughout our daily lives. What are the cognitive and neural processes underlying this ability? How does joint action develop? How do language and gesture support and emerge from joint action? What are the basic principles needed to build robotic systems that can interact with humans? What does differentiate joint action from individual action, both conceptually and in terms of experience? The scientific program will comprise oral presentations and posters addressing these and related questions. Contributions will present the latest research and thinking on a range of different topics, including language as a form of joint action, the interplay of perception and action in joint action, and the phylogenetic, ontogenetic, and cultural foundations of joint action.

This conference is supported by Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Central European University and EU Horizon 2020 FET PROACTIVE project EnTimeMent.

For information about JAM VIII, visit 


We invite submissions for talks (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion) or posters on joint action. The abstract should be no longer than 200 words. Deadline for submission is February 15th, 2019. The abstract title should clearly define the work discussed. Abstracts reporting empirical studies must contain the specific goals of the study, the methods used, a summary of the results, and a conclusion. For theoretical work, the abstract should contain the specific goals and clear conclusions. Please note that although we do encourage submissions from a broad range of topics and perspectives, we will only be able to accept contributions that directly inform our understanding of joint action. We will do our best to accommodate your preference for talk/poster, but given the tight schedule we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your preference. 

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For information about the hosting institution and the venue, visit  

We look forward to seeing you in Genova next summer! Please forward the announcement to anybody who might be interested in attending JAM VIII.

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