|Apr 1, 2010
|Period of funding:
How we understand other minds remains controversial. This interdisciplinary project at the intersections of psychiatry, cognitive psychology, social neuroscience and philosophy attempts to explore a new and radically different approach to the 'problem' of other minds. The project is based on the assumption that social cognition is fundamentally different when we are actively engaged with others in online interaction, entertaining a second-person perspective, rather than merely observing them from a first- or third-person point of view. By extending the enactive account of cognition to the social domain, the project intends to provide the first comprehensive account of a second-person approach to other minds, based on a constructive engagement of the participating disciplines. The results of these conceptual and empirical investigations are likely to call into question major recent findings related to the problem of others minds and will shape future discussions in the disciplines by providing evidence for an interactive account of consciousness that emphasizes the formative role of participating in the social world.
Dr. Leonhard Schilbach
Max-Planck-Institut für neurologische
mit Klaus-Joachim-Zülch-Laboratorien der
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft und der medizinischen
Fakultät der Universität zu Köln
Prof. Dr. Tobias Schlicht
Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
Bert Timmermans, Ph. D.
Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie
Dr. Nikolaus Steinbeis
Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research