Associated Researchers

Prof Oliver Bendel (Zurich, Switzerland)

Prof Bendel has been collaborating with the PECoG-group since 2019. He gives talks in our group and provides feedback on our projects.

Research interests

  • Social robots. Perspectives: Information ethics, robot ethics, machine ethics; Topics: Informational autonomy, responsibility in care and therapy, well-being when using sex robots, chatbots and voice assistants with simulated empathy, decision trees with moral annotations, moral menus;
  • Service robots. Perspectives: Information ethics, robot ethics, machine ethics; Topics: Informational autonomy, responsibility for use in public spaces, decision trees with moral annotations, moral menus;
  • Animal friendly machines. Perspectives: information ethics, machine ethics, animal-machine interaction; Topics: Protection of pets and wild animals when using robots and cars, face recognition for bears and wolves.


Web pages

Homepage of the university,

Claudia Gianelli, PhD (Messina, Italy)

Claudia Gianelli is a Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Messina, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Italy. She worked for the PECoG-group from the year 2012 to 2018 and she was leader of the neuroscience laboratory of the group.

Research interests

  • Neurophysiological signatures of embodied processes. Methodologies: TMS, EEG, behavioral measures, kinematics;
  • EEG measures of cortical oscillations and neural plasticity. Methodologies: EEG, behavioral measures;
  • Action-based rehabilitation of movement disorders. Methodologies: TMS, EEG, kinematics and behavioral measures;
  • Mobile Brain/Body imaging. Methodologies: EEG, kinematics, behavioral measures.


Dr Silke Göbel (York, United Kingdom)

Dr Göbel is an associate professor at University of York. She has collaborated with the PECoG-group for several years. Already in 2011, Dr Göbel published a review article on the topic The Cultural Number Line ( together with Prof Shaki, another cooperator of our group, and Prof Fischer.

Current research interests: Numerical Cognition

  • Development of number processing and arithmetic;
  • Number and space;
  • Cross-cultural differences in number processing and counting;
  • Number processing and arithmetic in dyslexia/dyscalculia;
  • Cognitive Neuroscience: Parietal Lobe Functions.


Prof Göbel leads the Numerical Cognition lab in York ( and will lead one of the Research Challenges of the new ESRC Centre on Early Mathematical Learning at Loughborough university (




Prof Oliver Lindemann (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Prof Oliver Lindemann was a post-doc in our group. Today he is an associate professor at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences in Rotterdam.

Research interests

  • Numerical cognition and motor representation;
  • Mental arithmetic;
  • Embodied knowledge representations;
  • Open science.


Dr Andriy Myachykov (Newcastle, United Kingdom)

Dr Myachykov is a collaborating scientist of the PECoG-group. He advises the group on experiments and projects, and we publish joint research projects.

Research interests


Prof Markus Raab (Cologne, Germany)

Prof Raab colloborates with the PECoG-group by co-supervising doctoral candidates together with Prof Fischer. In 2021, members of our group published a book review on his book Judgement, Decision Making and Embodied Choices(

Research interests

  • Decision making in sports. Methods: Behavioral experiments; Topics: Decisions of athletes, trainers, referees, simple heuristics;
  • Embodied Cognition. Methods: Behavioral experiments, kinematics and reaction time; Topics: Creativity, problem solving, actions in sports;
  • Motor learning and motor control. Methods: Kinematics, reaction time, studies on learning and training, longitudinal studies; Topics: Learning and analysis of simple and complex movements across the lifespan.


Dr Christoph Scheepers (Glasgow, Scotland)

Dr Scheepers is a collaborating scientist of the PECoG-group. He gives talks, advises the group on experiments and projects, and we publish joint research projects.

Research interests

  • Psycholinguistics and the psychology of language;
  • He employs various brain-imaging and behavioural methods, including the recording of eye-movements during reading and linguistically aided scene perception (visual-world paradigm).

Editorial activities

Dr Scheepers is editorial board member for JEP:General (, Cognition (, Frontiers in Language Sciences ( and Collabra (


Hendrikje Schmidt

Hendrikje Schmidt was a PhD student in the Potsdam Embodied Cognition Group (PECoG) from 2019 to 2021. She received a B.Sc. in Psychology from the Georg-August-University of Göttingen and a M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Potsdam. 

Her research interests include embodied cognitive and psycho-social development. In her PhD project, she focused on cognitive and social-emotional competencies in children with rare neuromuscular diseases from an embodied perspective.

Hendrikje is currently finishing her training in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy for children and adolescents.

Prof Samuel Shaki (Ariel, Israel)

Professor Shaki from University of Ariel in Israel is a long-time collaborator of PECoG. We work on numerical cognition, especially the SNARC effect and its extensions.


Dr Elena Sixtus (University of Potsdam)

Elena Sixtus is a research fellow in the group of Motor Function and Cogniton. After finishing her diploma in psychology, she was working on her PhD thesis on the topic The Influence of Finger Counting on Numerical Cognition in the PECoG-group. Her thesis is part of the project ManumericalCognition which is funded by the DFG. In this project, Ms Sixtus investigated the mutual influence of mental representation of the hands and of numbers. Her office is in room 35.0.08.


Dr Bodo Winter (Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Dr. Winter is a cooperating scientist with the PECoG group. In 2021, members of our research group, together with Dr. Winter and other associated scientists published an opinion article in the journal Frontiers in Psychology with the title More Instructions Make Fewer Subtractions (

Research interests

  •      Psycholinguistics;
  •      Intersection of language and cognition;
  •      Multimodal communication of numerical information;
  •      Data-based decision-making;
  •      Open science.

Web pages

University homepage,

Dr Yuefang Zhou (FU Berlin)

Dr Yuefang Zhou was awarded funding for a project on imitation and empathy in doctor-patient communication by the Carnegie Trust, which allowed her to visit the PECoG regularly between 2015 and 2016.  The outcome of this collaborative project is published here

Dr Zhou is currently a guest scientist at Free University Berlin under the Emotional Machines project led by Professor Elena Giannoulis.

Her current research interest is on human-robot intimate relationships.  She has successfully organized international workshops, for example AI LOVE YOU ( and she edited a book on this theme (