Daten zum Projekt


Initiative: Momentum - Förderung für Erstberufene
Bewilligung: 24.03.2021
Laufzeit: 5 Jahre


Are two tennis referees better than one at determining when a ball was out? Could doctors, wine judges and other sensory experts be better just sitting in committees, rather than alone, and what about us, audiences? Shared experiences have clear affective impacts but their epistemic benefits, though highly relevant from arts, technology, sports, medicine and education, still elude us. Joint attention and joint action have highly been studied as central to our human capacity for social coordination, but perception continues to be examined as an individual phenomenon, most certainly in philosophy and cognitive neuroscience. The aim of the concept Co-Sense is to launch a novel area of research into the epistemic value of collective perception in humans. It will develop both new conceptual foundations and experimental studies in two new independent labs: a physical lab, where multiple perceivers can be tested at the same time and behavioural, neural and direct measures recorded; and a virtual lab, to measure in systematic ways how people can collectively experience objects on-line, including in large groups. These new developments are especially relevant to partnerships with museums, and online experiences: new collaborations with major art and science museums will provide Co-Sense with opportunities for knowledge transfer, testing and science communication. These developments will also directly feed into new teaching modules in collective epistemology and comparative co-sensing in humans and animals.


  • Prof. Dr. Ophelia Deroy

    Universität München
    Munich Centre for Neuroscience
    Lehrstuhl für Philosophy of Mind