Prof. Dr. Günther Knoblich


Prof. Dr. Guenther Knoblich
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Department of Cognitive Science

 Professor Knoblich


“Producing and perceiving sounds together“

Recent research has enhanced our understanding of the processes that enable people to perform joint actions. This includes joint actions that are explicitly directed at producing sound patterns such as playing music together. For other joint actions sound may effectively improve interpersonal action coordination because of the high temporal accuracy of the auditory modality. In my talk, I will

1) provide an overview of known coordination mechanisms in joint action,

2) talk about side effects of coordinated action on prosocial behavior, and

3) speculate about potential benefits of sonification for improving interpersonal coordination.


Günther is a Professor of Cognitive Science at Central European University Budapest. His diverse research interests include joint action, action and body perception, and sense of agency. He received his PhD in Cognitive Science from Hamburg University in 1997 (experiments on representational change in insight problem solving). In the same year he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich where he worked as a researcher in Wolfgang Prinz’s perception and cognition group until 2004. Between 2004 and 2011 he held Professorships at Rutgers University, Birmingham University, and Radboud University Nijmegen.

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