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Towards an Embodied Science of InterSubjectivity

Objective

TESIS, “Towards an Embodied Science of InterSubjectivity”, is an integrated ITN programme to investigate the foundations of human sociality. It brings together the complementary expertise of 13 European research institutes, clinical centres and private enterprises that span the biomedical sciences and the humanities. Thus, TESIS provides critical mass in the fields of philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, psychiatry and societal outreach. It will advance our understanding of human intersubjectivity based on the following research and training objectives:

(1) To investigate the neural underpinnings of affective exchange with others, of shared action spaces and joint object relations, endorsing a novel interactive embodied neuroscience;
(2) To investigate the development of social skills in infants in the context of the awareness of others during interaction, yielding an interactive concept of embodied social cognition;
(3) To investigate the intersubjective factors affecting psychopathologies, especially schizophrenia, autism and somatoform disorders and to draw implications for treatment;
(4) To investigate in toddlers and young children the understanding of toys, objects and cultural artefacts and the links between materiality and sociality;
(5) To investigate cultural interactive patterns and shared practices such as group learning, playing, teamwork, distributed cognition, creating applied knowledge for education, management, and organizational development.

By integrating state of the art and novel approaches to studying interactive situations, TESIS will significantly extend the individualistic and static paradigm still dominant in social cognition research. The major breakthrough to be expected from TESIS is a comprehensive framework for embodied intersubjectivity applicable in the biomedical sciences, the humanities, and society in general, showing how we become human by embodied interaction with others from the beginning.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology/neuroscience

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM HEIDELBERG
Address
Im Neuenheimer Feld 672
69120 Heidelberg
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 622 420
Administrative Contact
Kristin Sander (Ms.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 497 881
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ione Isasa (Ms.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 501 946
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
KLINIKUM RECHTS DER ISAR DER TECHNISCHEN UNIVERSITAT MUNCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 446 230
Address
Ismaninger Strasse 22
81675 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Beate Schaulin (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 524 646
Address
Winston Churchill Avenue University House
PO1 2UP Portsmouth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elizabeth Bartle (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 675 557
Address
Via Universita 12
43100 Parma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franco Ferrari (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 524 646
Address
College Lane
AL10 9AB Hatfield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrée Sheehan-Evett (Ms.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 501 946
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lilian Svenningsen (Ms.)