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Katharina Kühne

Katharina Kühne
Photo: eigene Aufnahme

Katharina Kühne is a PhD student of the Potsdam Embodied Cognition Group (PECoG). She holds a
diploma in language teaching, a master’s degree in Linguistics and a master’s degree in Cognitive
Psychology. Her research interests are social robotics, human-robot interaction, clinical
neuropsychology, embodied language and number processing and bilingual language processing.

Her expertise includes electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), grip
force sensors as well as neuropsychological diagnostics and rehabilitation. This person has no teaching duties and is paid from a research grant.


contakt e-mail: ekaterina.kuehnegooglemailcom

room: 14.6.24





  1. Michirev, A., Kühne, K., Lindemann, O., Fischer, M. H., & Raab, M. (2023). How to not induce SNAs: The insufficiency of directional force. PLoS ONE 18(6): e0288038.
  2. Kühne, K., & Jeglinski-Mende, M. A. (2023). Refraining from interaction can decrease fear of physical closeness during COVID-19. Scientific Reports13, 7700.
  3. Kühne, K., Nenaschew, K., & Miklashevsky, A (2022). Space-valence mapping of social concepts: Do we arrange negative and positive ethnic stereotypes from left to right?. Frontiers in Psychology, 7808.
  4. Kühne, K., Fischer, M. H, & Jeglinski-Mende, M. A. (2022). During the COVID‑19 pandemic participants prefer settings with a face mask, no interaction and at a closer distance. Scientific Reports, 12: 12777.
  5. Kühne, K., Jeglinski-Mende, M. A., Fischer, M. H., & Zhou, Y. (2022). Social robot – Jack of all trades? Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 13, 1–22.
  6. Felisatti, A., Fischer, M., Kulkova, E., Kühne, K., & Michirev, A. (2021). Separation/connection procedures: From cleansing behavior to numerical cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 44, E5.
  7. Kühne, K., & Mende, M.A. (2020). Noli me tangere. Unser peripersonaler Raum in den Corona-Zeiten. The Inquisitive Mind4
  8. Gianelli, C., & Kühne, K. (2019). Is embodied cognition bilingual? Current evidence and perspectives of the embodied cognition approach to bilingual language processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 108.
  9. Gianelli, C., Kühne, K., Presti, S. L., Mencaraglia, S., & Dalla Volta, R. (2020). Action processing in the motor system: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) evidence of shared mechanisms in the visual and linguistic modalities. Brain and Cognition, 139, 105510.
  10. Kühne, K., Fischer, M. H., & Zhou, Y. (2020). The Human Takes It All: Humanlike Synthesized Voices Are Perceived as Less Eerie and More Likable. Evidence From a Subjective Ratings Study. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 14, 105.
  11. Morey, R. D., Kaschak, M. P., Díez-Álamo, A. M., Glenberg, A. M., Zwaan, R. A., Lakens, D., Ibáñez, A., García, A., Gianelli, C., Jones, J. L., Madden, J., Alifano, F., Bergen, B., Bloxsom, N. G., Bub, D. N., Cai, Z. G., Chartier, C. R., Chatterjee, A., Conwell, E., … Ziv-Crispel, N. (2022). A pre-registered, multi-lab non-replication of the action-sentence compatibility effect (ACE). Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 29(2), 613–626.


Book chapters

  1. Kühne, K., Jeglinski-Mende, M. A., & Bendel, O. (2022). Tamagotchi on our Couch: Are Social Robots Perceived as Pets?. In: Hakli, R., Mäkelä, P, & Seibt, J. (eds.). Social Robots in Social Institutions. Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2022, 755–759. Amsterdam: IOS Press.
  2. Gianelli, C., & Kühne, K. (2021). Location, Timing, and Magnitude of Embodied Language Processing: Methods and Results. In: Robinson, M.D., Thomas, L.E. (eds) Handbook of Embodied Psychology. Springer, Cham.
  3. Mende, M. A., Fischer, M. H., & Kühne, K. (2019). The Use of Social Robots and the Uncanny Valley Phenomenon. In Y. Zhou & M. H. Fischer (Eds.), AI Love You: Developments in Human-Robot Intimate Relationships (pp. 41–73). Springer International Publishing.



1. Kühne, K., & Jeglinski-Mende, M.A. (2023). Sprache und Embodiment. Wiesbaden: Springer-Verlag.


Poster presentations

  1. Kühne, K., Lindemann, O., & Fischer, M. H. (2023, September 06–09). The SNARC effect
    relies on an egocentric frame of reference [Poster presentation]. 23rd meeting of the European
    Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP 2023), Porto, Portugal.
  2. Jeglinski-Mende, M. A., & Kühne, K. (2023). Negation has a size! Number magnitude corresponds with set-size in linguistic negation, V12 [Poster presentation]. 10th Mind, Brain, Body Symposium (MBBS), Berlin, Germany, March 14–17, 2023.
  3. Kühne, K., Jeglinski-Mende, M. A., & Bendel, O. (2022, September 15-19). Tamagotchi on our couch: Are social robots perceived as pets? [Poster presentation]. Robophilosophy Conference, Helsinki, Finnland.
  4. Jeglinski-Mende, M. A., Kühne, K., & Fischer, M.H. (2022, March 16-18). Shaping Negation - Spatial-Numerical Associations in Negative Numbers [Poster presentation]. 9th Mind, Brain, Body Symposium (MSSB), Leipzig, Germany.
  5. Kühne, K., Fischer, M. H., & Jeglinski-Mende, M. A. (2022, March 16-18). Shaking hands in the face of danger? Interpersonal distance, peripersonal space, pro- and anti-social consequences of face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic [Poster presentation]. 9th Mind, Brain, Body Symposium (MSSB), Leipzig, Germany.
  6. Kühne, K., Mende, M. A., Fischer, M. H., & Zhou, Y. (2022, January 25–28). A friend in need: Loneliness and the duration of isolation enhance the acceptance of social robots [Poster presentation]. 40th European Workshop in Cognitive Neuropsychology (EWCN), Bressanone, Italy
  7. Gianelli, C., & Kühne, K. (2017, October 19-21). Eat Pray Love. Processing of concrete and abstract verbs by native and non-native speakers [Poster presentation]. CIMeC Conference "Ten years of Mind/Brain Sciences at the University of Trento”, Rovereto, Italy.  
  8. Gianelli, C., Kühne, K., Mencaraglia, S., & Volta, R. D. (2019, May 2-5). Action semantics in the motor system: TMS evidence of shared mechanisms in the visual and linguistic modalities [Poster presentation]. Rovereto Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects: Functional and Neural Perspectives, Rovereto, Italy.
  9. Zhou, Y., Kühne, K., & Fischer, M.H. (2019, September 25-28). Perception of artificial voices – an auditory Turing test [Poster presentation]. ESCoP Conference, Spain, Tenerife.
  10. Gianelli, C., Kühne, K., & Rugani, R. (2017, September 3-6). Numerical magnitude spatially biases unusual responses. [Poster presentation]. ESCoP Conference, Potsdam, Germany.


Conferences and invited talks

  1. Kühne, K., & Jeglinski-Mende, M. A. (2022, August 29 – September 01). Face masks as social instruments? Effects on estimated interpersonal distance and implicit perception of danger during the COVID-19 pandemic [Conference presentation]. 22nd meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP 2022), Lille, France.
  2. Miklashevsky, A.,& Kühne, K. (2022, August 29 – September 01). Situated flexibility of time concepts: The role of task [Conference presentation]. 22nd meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP 2022), Lille, France.
  3. Kühne, K., &Miklashevsky, A. (2021, September 20-29) Where is your time? Focus on spatial language activates horizontal time representations [Conference presentation]. Embodied and Situated Language Processing Conference. Current Directions and Future Perspectives (ESLP 2021), online.
  4. Gianelli, C., Kühne, K., & H-Kivanani, N. (2018, May 25 – 27). On grasping and being grasped: processing active and passive language in the motor system [Conference presentation]. MeeTo 2018: from moving bodies to interactive minds, Turin, Italy.


Katharina Kühne
Photo: eigene Aufnahme