News

 

New publication in Scientific Reports

In July 2022, a new paper of our group was published on the perception of security means that were implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-16730-1

The publication is available online.


 

PECoG offspring

In June 2022, our group got a new member: our doctoral student Melinda Jeglinski brought a little son named Rubem into our world.

We cordially congratulate her to the little new scientist.


Dinner with two special guests

This summer we had two guests at our lab: long-time collaborators  Claudia Gianelli, Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Messina, and Sam Shaki, Professor at Arial University in Israel.

After lots of fruitful scientific exchange, we enjoyed dinner in Potsdam.

The picture shows (from left to right): Elena Kulkova, Alex Miklashevsky, Francesco Belli, Sam Shaki, Jochen Laubrock, Martin Fischer, Claudia Gianelli, Arianna Felisatti, Yuefang Zhou, Xin Li.


Visit from Israel

In summer 2022, Prof. Shaki, a long-term cooperation partner from Ariel University in Israel, visited the PECoG group. Hard work calls for a well-deserved break. The picture shows Prof. Shaki (on the left) and Prof. Fischer, head of our group.


New paper out in Journal of Experimental Psychology: General  by Johannes Meixner, Jessie Nixon, and Jochen Laubrock

Abstract: During reading we look ahead in the text. Is the amount of look-ahead by our ongoing cognitive processes, as predicted by attentional gradient models? The authors used nonlinear mixed effects modeling of a large longitudinal developmental eyetracking dataset to arrive at a word-based measure of the perceptual span. They show that (1) when reading easier words we look ahead further than when reading difficult words at any given moment, (2) this dynamic modulation of the perceptual span is a general attentional process that can be used in development as early as word preview is used at all, and (3) the size of the perceptual span is larger for spatial than for temporal eye movement decisions, i.e., which word to look at next vs. how long to look at a word.

https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2022-12367-001


New publication on social robots

In this research, published in the journal Paladyn, we investigated perception of social robots:

Kühne, Katharina, Jeglinski-Mende, Melinda A., Fischer, Martin H. and Zhou, Yuefang. (2022) Social robot – Jack of all trades? Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 13, 10–22. https://doi.org/10.1515/pjbr-2022-0002

The paper is available online: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/pjbr-2022-0002/html


 

Attending the MCLS conference in Belgium

In June 2022, Prof. Martin Fischer, Arianna Felisatti and Xin Li contributed to the conference organized by the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society in Belgium with a study entitled Embodied numbers and numerical hands: A cross-cultural comparison of symbolic and finger-based number representations.


 

 

Invited talk by Arianna Felisatti

In May, Arianna Felisatti was invited by Prof. Attila Krajcsi from Eötvös Loránd University to give a talk on the Numerical distance effect from an embodied perspective.


Participation in the Potsdam Science Day

In May 2022, the PECoG-group was represented at the Potsdam Science Day. In addition to scientific exchange on various topics, a poster was presented on the subject of Calculating in circles: An interdisciplinary cognition project.

Image 1: booth of Cognitive Sciences; Image 2: poster; Image 3: Prof. Fischer, head of our research group.


Workshop on ORIGINS and MODIFICATION of FOOD PREFERENCES

On July 1st and 2nd 2002, a workshop on food preferences takes place at Schrödinger Lecture Theatre in Adlershof. The workshop is organized by Soyoung Q Park, Martin Fischer, leader of the PECoG-group, and Werner Sommer. Registration is free but required;

please register until 3rd of June via email: food.preferencesdifede

 

For more information on keynote speakers, see the official workshop flyer:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16VXEIIKri1NHJw0Uk0NG1X_NMiCI3Mz9/view?usp=sharing

 


Guest talks in the PECoG lab meeting given by Sheila Macrine / Jennifer Fugate and by Tatjana Nazir / Bing Li

This April, we hosted two guest talks in our lab meeting:

The talk by Sheila Macrine and Jennifer Fugate was recorded and can be watched online: https://boxup.uni-potsdam.de/s/oQkbGszBcgsXtgJ   (PW: PECOG2022_PECOG2022)

 


Visit from Claudia Gianelli

This April, Claudia Gianelli, one of our associated researchers, visited the PECoG-group. She is a senior assistant professor at the University of Messina, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, in Italy and she previously worked as a post-doc in our research group. We are very pleased about her visit and the scientific exchange with her.

On the picture (from left to right): Prof Martin Fischer, Dr Claudia Gianelli, Francesco Belli, Katharina Kühne, Xin Li, Dr Alex Miklashevsky.


Poster presentations as part of the MBB Symposium 2022

In spring 2022, our group took part in the Mind Brain Body (MBB) Symposium, which took place virtually in Leipzig: https://www.cbs.mpg.de/1906479/program-mbb-2022.

We presented three posters:

Below you see the posters. Click on the respective poster to enlarge it. The posters can also be downloaded from the symposium website (see links above).


Poster presentation at EWCN workshop in Bressanone 2022

In January 2022, Francesco Belli presented a poster on breathing and cognition at the European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Another poster presentation at EWCN workshop in Bressanone 2022

This January, Katharina Kühne presented a poster on social robots and loneliness at the European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology.

One more poster presentation at EWCN workshop in Bressanone 2022

This January, Arianna Felisatti presented a poster at the European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology. The topic of the poster is the numerical distance effect.


New publication in Cognition

In January 2022, Arianna Felisatti published an article in Cognition in collaboration with the University of Padua. It is about the bi-directional link between attentional orienting and number processing.

Felisatti, A., Ranzini, M., Blini, E., Lisi, M., & Zorzi, M. (2022). Effects of attentional shifts along the vertical axis on number processing: an eye-tracking study with optokinetic stimulation. Cognition221, 104991. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2021.104991

Will we love robots?

Prof. Fischer, head of the PECoG-group, and other scientists are investigating this question. Their opinions and findings are summarized in a documentary by Arte television.

The documentary is in German and can be watched online:

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/101938-004-A/42-die-antwort-auf-fast-alles/

How can imaginary worlds be defined?

Alex Miklashevsky from the PECoG group and Axel Wiepke from the Institute for Computer Science at the University of Potsdam investigated this question. The two published an opinion article entitled Imaginary Worlds and Their Borders in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. The publication is freely available online at: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.793764

More Free Books for Participants

Do you still need VP hours? - Why not benefit twice: We, the PECoG-group, are still giving away free books to our test subjects - and there are more and more books to choose from.

How does this work? - Take part in our lab-based studies and choose your favorite book from the bookshelf.

For each experiment you participate in you may pick one book. We await you on campus!

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Members of the PECoG-Group receive Teaching Award 2021

Teaching Award 2021 of the Brandenburg Ministry for Science, Research and Culture goes to Dr. Sarah Risse, Dr. André Krügel and Daniel Backhaus for their course concept on teaching computer-advised scientific methods. We cordially congratulate them on their success!

For more information, see the press release of the ministry:

https://mwfk.brandenburg.de/mwfk/de/service/pressemitteilungen/ansicht/~11-11-2021-landeslehrpreis-2021

 

The following link leads to the notification of the university of potsdam:

https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/medieninformationen/detail/2021-11-11-exzellente-digitale-lehre-zwei-landeslehrpreise-gehen-an-die-universitaet-potsdam

 

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The book Handbook of Embodied Psychology has arrived

In November 2021, the copies of the book Handbook of Embodied Psychology arrived in our group. We as a group contributed to this book with a chapter on numerical cognition. We are very pleased that the book is now printed and available.

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Reunion in Cologne

In November 2021, Katharina Kühne, PhD student in the PECoG group, traveled to Cologne. There, she visited her second supervisor Prof Markus Raab, did further planning of her project and got to know the university's laboratories. Oliver Lindemann, a former member of our group and associate professor at the University of Rotterdam, joined the scientific exchange.

The picture shows a happy dinner after work.

 

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We Welcome our New Doctoral Candidate

In autumn 2021, our new doctoral candidate Xin Li arrived. She investigates embodied numerical cognition and the role of power representations.

All members of the PECoG-group wish her a good start!

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A Happy Day for the PECoG-Group

In mid-October 2021, the PECoG-group celebrated Yuefang Zhou's birthday in the office. We cordially congratulate her and wish her the best for the new year.

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New Publication of our Group

In September 2021, the PECoG-members published an Opinion Article together with some associated scientists of the group. The title of this publication is More Instructions Make Fewer Subtractions. The publication can be download from the website of the journal Frontiers in Psychology:

Fischer, M. H., Winter, B., Felisatti, A., Myachykov, A., Mende, M.A., & Shaki, S. (2021). More instructions make fewer subtractions. Frontiers in Psychology 12, 720616. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.720616.

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Book Chapter of the PECoG-Group

In September 2021, the book entitled Embodied Psychology: Thinking, Feeling, and Acting was published. Our group contributed with a chapter on Embodied Numbers and Arithmetic. The book has been published by Springer:

Fischer, M. H., Felisatti, A., Kulkova, E., Mende, M. A., & Miklashevsky, A. (2021). Embodied Numbers and Arithmetic. In: Robinson, M.D., & Thomas, L. E. (Hrsg.). Embodied Psychology: Thinking, Feeling, and Acting. Springer: New York. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-78471-3.

 

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New Publication in Experimental Brain Research

In June 2021, Francesco Belli, Arianna Felisatti and Martin Fischer published "BreaThink": breathing affects production and perception of quantities, in Experimental Brain Research.

DOI of the paper: 10.1007/s00221-021-06147-z

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Free Books for Participants

Do you still need VP hours? - Why not benefit twice: We, the PECoG-group, are giving away free books to our test subjects.

How does this work? - Take part in our lab-based studies and choose your favorite book on the bookshelf.

For each experiment you participate in you may pick one book. We await you on campus!

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New Publication of the PECoG-Group, Frontiers in Psychology

In April 2021, a book review was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, on which some members of the PECoG-group worked as part of the doctoral colloquium. The authors are Alex Miklashevsky, Elena Kulkova, Melinda A. Mende, Matias Bertonatti from the PECoG-group and Alexej Michirev from the German Sports University in Cologne.

The publication is a review of the book "Judgment, Decision-Making, and Embodied Choices" by Markus Raab. The publication can be downloaded  from the journal website.

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New Publication, Frontiers in Psychiatry

In March 2021, a review article by Melinda Mende and Hendrikje Schmidt with the title Psychotherapy in the Framework of Embodied Cognition - Does Interpersonal Synchrony Influence Therapy Success? was released in Frontiers in Psychiatry. Ms. Schmidt is a trained psychotherapist -  through her expertise, she extends our research focus and brings new facets of embodied cognition to the PECoG-group. We warmly congratulate her on her first publication in our group.

The article is available on the journal website.

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Poster Presentation, Mind Brain Body Symposium Virtual

In March 2021, another member of the PECoG-group presented her research at a conference: Melinda Mende presented a poster with the title Coloring Negation - Selection of Alternatives is Situated in Context as part of the virtual MBB Symposium.

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Presentation, Virtual TeaP Conference

In March 2021, Arianna Felisatti gave a presentation at the virtual TeaP conference entitled Fingers tracking numbers: The use of Leap Motion to explore the functional link between fingers and numbers. The presentation can be watched here: https://vimeo.com/515400480/eaefe4905f

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New Commentary published in Brain and Behavioral Science

In February 2021, a commentary with the Title Separation/connection procedures: From cleansing behavior to numerical cognition was published in the Journal BBS written by some members of the PECoG-group doctoral colloquium: Arianna Felisatti, Martin H. Fischer, Elena Kulkova, Katharina Kühne and Alexej Michirev.

The article is available online via the journal homepage.

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The Force of Numbers: Investigating Manual Signatures of Embodied Number Processing. New publication in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

PECoG published a new manuscript in collaboration with Oliver Lindemann (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands) on the topic of embodied number processing. The study applied a novel technique, bimanual grip force recording, to contrast three prominent accounts of number understanding: Mental Number Line, A Theory of Magnitude and the Embodied Cognition account. The publication is publicly available in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience:

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2020.590508/full 

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Publication on the Topic of Social Robots

In december 2020, the PECoG-group published an article in the Journal Frontiers in Neurorobotics . The article is named The Human Takes It All: Humanlike Synthesized Voices Are Perceived as Less Eerie and More Likable. Evidence From a Subjective Ratings Study.

This publication is available online via the journal website.

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New Publication

The book “Maschinenliebe” (mostly in German) has just been published at https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-658-29864-7

It contains a chapter by Yuefang Zhou and Martin Fischer, discussing psychological aspects of intimate relations with humanoids.

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Public Talk in Corona-Times

On 13 October, Professor Fischer delivered a talk at the Teltow Industry Museum on the topic of Psychological relationships with humanoid robots – today and tomorrow.

The meeting was organized with excellent COVID19 precautions by Mr Starke, who can be seen together with Prof Fischer in front of the presentation.

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Stressful Lab Demo

Our Virtual Reality Lab has hosted a small demo of the “Virtual classroom” training app by PECoG member Axel Wiepke, who is showing here a trainee how to interact with virtual pupils through the controllers. The app aims to help teacher trainees to deal with stressful events during teaching and is developed at the Informatics Department of University of Potsdam.

 

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Virtual Talk at MCLS

The Potsdam Embodied Cognition Group (Alex Miklashevsky and Martin H. Fischer, Germany) together with the Department of Education and Child Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Oliver Lindemann, The Netherlands) presented a digital poster entitled “Counting Fingers in Your Mind: Grip Force Signatures of Numerical Processing” at the annual meeting of The Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society (www.the-mcls.org/), which took place online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The presented study demonstrated a link between numerical cognition and individual finger counting experience: processing numbers activates finger-related brain circuits already at 100-140 ms after stimulus presentation. Such activation is reflected in spontaneous grip force fluctuations measured by using grip force sensors.

This supports the idea of numbers as embodied abstract concepts: number processing in adults still relies on individual finger counting experience acquired in early childhood.

The poster can be found on Twitter via the following link: twitter.com/MCLStrainee/status/1312046373781594113?s=20

 

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New Publication, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences


In July 2020, Arianna Felisatti, Jochen Laubrock, Samuel Shaki and Martin Fischer published  A biological foundation for spatial–numerical associations: the brain’s asymmetric frequency tuning (doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14418), in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

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Our contribution to research on psychosocial effects of the corona pandemic

On current occasion, the members of the PECoG-group Katharina Kühne and Melinda A. Mende have published an article in the journal InMind. The article was published in June 2020 and is entitled Noli me tangere! Unser peripersonaler Raum in den Corona-Zeiten (in German language). The topic of the article is the peripersonal space and how it changes as a result of the pandemic.

The article is available online at: https://de.in-mind.org/article/noli-me-tangere-unser-peripersonaler-raum-in-den-corona-zeiten

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Solving the social distancing challenge during a small birthday party

In June 2020, the  PECoG-group celebrated Prof. Fischer's birthday with a small get-together.

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Workshop Learning from Humanoid AI, University of Potsdam

In the end of 2019, the PECoG-group hosted the Workshop  Learning from Humanoid AI: Motivational, Social & Cognitive Perspectives. The workshop took place from 30th of November to 1st of December 2019 at the university of Potsdam. Dr. Zhou und Prof. Fischer organized the workshop together with Prof. Rebecca Lazarides. 

Keynote-speakers were Prof. Tony Belpaeme and Prof. Oliver Bendel, among others.

Contributions to the workshop will be publisehd in a special issue in the journal Paladyn - Journal of Behavioral Robotics.

For further information visite the website of the workshop: https://embracingai.wordpress.com/

 

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Lab meeting in the times of Corona

In April 2020, the PECoG-group had a virtual lab-meeting due to the COVID-pandemic situation. The meeting was very sucessful - the exchange between the members went smoothly. Until further notice, all forthcoming lab-meetings will be held in a virtual way.

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Three publications of the PECoG-Gruppe, Frontiers in Psychology

 

In March 2020, the journal Frontiers in Psychology published an research topic with the titel "On the Development of Space-Number Relations: Linguistic and Cognitive Determinants, Influences, and Associations" as an e-book. The PECoG-group has three publications in this research topic. These are:

 

 

 

Fischer MH (2018) Why Numbers Are Embodied Concepts. Front. Psychol. 8:2347. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02347.

Fischer MH, Miklashevsky A and Shaki S (2018) Commentary : The Developmental Trajectory of the Operational Momentum Effect. Front. Psychol. 9:2259. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02259.

Mende MA, Shaki S and Fischer MH (2018) Commentary: The mental representation of integers: An abstract-to-concrete shift in the understanding of mathematical concepts. Front. Psychol. 9:209. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00209.

The complete e-book is available on the webseite of the journal.

 

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New Publication, Frontiers in Neuroscience

In March 2020, Arianna Felisatti, Jochen Laubrock, Samuel Shaki and Martin Fischer published a "Commentary: A mental number line in human newborns"
(doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2020.00099), in Frontiers Human Neuroscience.

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Presentation in Bressanone

In January 2020, Prof. Fischer and her PhD student Arianna Felisatti gave talks in the symposium on "Spatialization in number processing: boundary conditions and amplifierson", at the 38. European Workshop in Cognitive Neuropsychology (Bressanone).

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Visit by Or Rabani from Haifa University

Our Virtual Reality Project on subcortical affordances benefited greatly from a visit by Or Rabani (Haifa University), who can here be seen building her own equipment to measure micro-affordances. 

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„Zehn Finger Zählen“ activity at the cultural event „Stadt für eine Nacht“


The this year’s theme „Zehn“ (ten) was a good occasion to invite the
temporary city’s visitors to question their usual way of finger counting and
to realize that the way we perceive and operate with numbers is heavily
dependent on our ten finger counting habits For this purpose, the 31st of
August, Dennis Höpfel, Arianna Felisatti, Vivien Peddinghaus and Umut Vural
developed a game challenging people of any age to portray numbers by using
their fingers in an unusual way while being as fast as possible. Moreover,
they provided a symbolic activity involving the visitors to "give an hand"
to make the forests flourish.

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Two funded PhD posts in the PECoG Lab

There are currently two funded PhD studentships (each for 3 years at 65% full-time) available at the Potsdam Embodied Cognition Group. 

One basic research project studies the relationship between body movements and numerical cognition. Ideal candidates have a Master degree in experimental psychology and specific skills in kinematic and kinetic analyses. Start date is between December 2019 and April 2020.

The other interdisciplinary and applied project develops an augmented reality training for desaster management. Ideal candidates have a Master degree in psychology with focus on stress assessment and additional skills in VR programming. Start date is January 2020.

Please contact the lab leader Prof Fischer for further details or to submit your CV and motivation letter.

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Dr Zhou serves as a guest editor of a SI in PALADYN, Journal of Behavioral Robotics

Dr Yuefang Zhou serves as a guest editor of a special issue on “Learning from Humanoid AI: Motivational, Social and Cognitive Perspectives” in Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics.  This thematic special issue is devoted to the publication of high-quality research papers, in part, to be presented at the International Workshop: Learning from humanoid AI: Motivational, Social and Cognitive Perspectives.   The aim of the workshop is to address some of the fundamental questions in human-robot interaction, for example, are there some general principles of human-robot interaction that can inform robot designs in different fields including healthcare, education and entertainment?  How can we learn from different perspectives to utilize common principles for improved human-robot interaction?

Call for submissions is now open and can be found here

 

 

 

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Poster Presentation in Nice

In July 2019, Prof Fischer, Prof Shaki and their doctotral candidate Arianna
Felisatti attended the Workshop "The Mind's Spatialization in Humans and
Non-humans" that took place in Nice, France. Arianna Felisatti presented her
poster "From Brain's Specialization to Numbers' Spatialization".

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New Article in the Journal "Frontiers in Neuroscience" by Melinda A. Mende

In July 2019, Melinda Mende, a menber of the PECoG group, published a mini-review article with the title "Alcohol in the Aging Brain – The Interplay Between Alcohol Consumption, Cognitive Decline and the Cardiovascular System". The article is in English language and can be downloaded here: https://doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2019.00713.

 

 

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Trip to Tel Aviv in May / June 2019

On a trip to Tel Aviv Prof Fischer met with his collaborators, Prof Danny Algom (center), Dr Tatiana Hatukai (left) and  and Hofit Bar (right). Tatiana has recently discovered the Rodin effect on attention; Hofit studies quantitative food perception.

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Guest Lecture by Prof. Bendel

Professor Oliver Bendel from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland was giving a guest lecture on 23 May 2019.  He was hosted by Dr. Yuefang Zhou from the PECoG group.  Professor Bendel’s talk is entitled “Fundamentals and Artifacts of Machine Ethics” (http://oliverbendel.net/<wbr />index.html).  His talk slides can be requested for by emailing Dr Zhou (yuezhouuni-potsdamde).

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Radio Interview with Prof. Fischer

On  1st of May Prof Fischer was interviewed on national radio RadioEins about the research strategy of our lab with regard to emotional links between humans and machines. The interview (held in German) can be found here:

https://www.radioeins.de/<wbr />programm/index.htm/psdoc=%<wbr />21content%21rbb%21rad%<wbr />21programm%21sendungen%<wbr />21sendungen%21378%211905%<wbr />21190501_15_00_sondersendung_<wbr />4838.html

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Visit from Krakow's Jagiellonian University

On 26 April, Jacek Zloczowski (leftmost person in picture) visited the weekly PECoG lab to receive some inspiration for their own CogSci lab developments. Also among the guests were members of the Neuraltrain company who are collaborating with us to develop a mood-enhancing app.

 

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Talk by Dr. Zhou on the 28th of May 2019 in Dresden

On the 28th of May 2019 (19–20:30),  Dr. Yuefang Zhou gave a talk on the topic "The Future of Sexuality" in the framework of the Ring-lecture "Reale Utopien". The talk took place in the Museum of Hygiene (Hygienemuseum) in Dresden.

Open the following link for further information:

https://www.dhmd.de/veranstaltungen/kalender/veranstaltungsdetails/238/2019-05-28/

The full talk can be found here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7kohyxlQOs&list=PL9m-8TwqccMEcekZedYtCR1rOXXoldzpg&index=56&t=0s

 

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Our Book "AI Love You"

The book  "AI Love You – Developments in Human-Robot Intimate Relationships" , edited by the PECoG group, is being published now.

The book summarizes the topics of the workshop "AI Love You" that the PECoG group hosted in december 2017.

 

 

 

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Workshop with Prof. Fischer in Rome

As part of his Research visit to the Lab of Prof. Anna Borghi at Sapienza University Rome, Prof. Fischer has organized with her a workshop on Abstract concepts. Details can be found here:

https://web.uniroma1.it/dip42/<wbr />archivionotizie/workshop-<wbr />abstract-concepts-differ-<wbr />numbers-emotions-and-<wbr />dangerous-things

 

 

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Dr. Zhou
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Dr. Zhou visits the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies

In March 2019, Dr. Yuefang Zhou visied the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR (Italian National Research Council) in Rome.  The photo shows her discussions with Dr. Amedeo Cesta, vice-president of the Italian Association of Artificial Intelligence, on collaborative ideas using the Sanbot Elf robot.

Dr. Zhou
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Poster Presentation
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Poster Presentations of our Master Students

In February 2019, the students of the master-program "Cognitive Science - Embodied Cognition" sucessfully completede their experimental training with a poster presentation. The training was instructed by Dr. Miklashevsky.

Poster Presentation
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A. felisatti
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Poster Presentation in Bressanone

In January 2019, Arianna Felisatti presented her poster "Position prevents Precision" at the 37. European Workshop in Cognitive Neuropsychology which took place from 21st to 25th of January in Bressanone, Italy.

 

 

A. felisatti
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Finger Counting
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Virtual Finger Counting

As part of his Research Internship in the Master Course "Cognitive Science - Embodied Cognition", Umut Vural is generating a virtual reality software to study finger counting.

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Commentary Published in the Journal Nature

In January 2019, Prof. Fischer published a commentary together with our collaboratuer Prof. Shaki from Ariel university in Israel in the journal Nature. The titel is "How to make talks less boring".

Here is the article: Fischer & Shaki 2019

The article is also avaible online: https://www.nature.com/<wbr />articles/d41586-019-00153-6

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TV documentary with the PECoG group in January 2019

Research by our group was mentioned in a TV documentary about sexual behaviours in the digital age. Prof Fischer was interviewed about special personality attributes of people who might have intimate relationships with humanoid robots and reports findings about the relation between interoception and embodiment (video segment from 4min20 to 5min40, German only).

Link to the mediathek: http://www.3sat.de/mediathek/?mode=play&obj=77949

 

 

Verteidigung A. Miklashevsky
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Alex Miklashevsky defended his thesis

In December 2018, our research fellow Alex Miklashevsky successfully defended his thesis in Russia. The PECoG group congratulates him.

Verteidigung A. Miklashevsky
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Discussion on the future of AI with Dr. Zhou and Prof. Fischer

Dr. Zhou and Prof. Fischer participated in a discussion on the future of AI that is broadcast on national radio. Our contributions touched upon the Kismet robot (9min:40sec), the ICub robot (12:30), a visit to Realbotix (14:20), the possibilities of sex therapy with humanoid robots (15:40) and the need for general risk asssesment for new technologies (17:00).

The broadcast is in German language. Open the following link to listen to it:

https://www.ndr.de/info/sendungen/forum_am_sonntag/Alexa-mach-mir-einen-Kaffee,audio463944.html

 

 

 

Präsentation
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Talk by Dr. Oksana Tsaregorodtseva

In December 2018, Dr. Oksana Tsaregorodtseva from Tomsk University in Russia (http://cognitio.tsu.ru/en/staff/oksana-tsaregorodtseva/ )gave a talk at the University of Potsdam and visited the PECoG group. The topic of her talk was  "The effect of a word on visuospatial working memory".

Präsentation
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MAZ Interview with Dr. Yuefang Zhou

In November 2018, Dr. Yuefang Zhou who works at the Charité Berlin and who is an associated scientist of the PECoG group gave an interview to the local newspaper "Märkische Allgmeine Zeitung" (MAZ). The topic was her research on social robots. 

The article is in German language and is available online: http://www.maz-online.de/Nachrichten/Kultur/Sozialwissenschaftlerin-Yuefang-Zhou-im-Interview-ueber-kuenstliche-Intelligenz-und-Sex-Roboter

 

Artikel
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Prof. Shaki
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Visit from Prof. Shaki

In November 2018, Prof. Shaki who is an associate researcher of the group from Ariel University in Israel visited the group in the in the framework of the workshop “Cross-domain semantic priming – language and arithmetic” that the group hosted. This gave the occasion to also have a meeting toghether with Arianna Felisatti who is a doctoral candidate in the group. Her project is part of the new DFG project and it is co-supervised by Prof. Shaki.

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Workshop
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Workshop “Cross-domain semantic priming – language and arithmetic”

In November 2018, the PECoG gruop successfully hosted the workshop “Cross-domain semantic priming – language and arithmetic". The pictures show impressions of both the workshop and the dinner that the group had together with the speakers.

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Essen
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Essen
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E. Sixtus
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Elena Sixtus received the Doctor's degree

In november 2018, Elena Sixtus received the Doctor's degree. The PECoG group proudly congratulates her on this success. On the picture, Dr. Sixtus wears an impressive hat that represents her work in the PECoG lab. 

 

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Kick-off Celebration
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Kick-off Celebration

In October 2018, we celebrated the kick-off of a new DFG-funded Research Project on "heuristics and biases in mental arithmetic" with Professor Sam Shaki from Ariel University as our international collaborator.

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Dr. Zhou
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"Social Robots" Conference in Hamburg

In September 2018, Dr. Youfang Zhou represented the PECoG group with a poster presentation at the "Social Robots" conference in Hamburg.

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PECoG Gruppe
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Ariannas Birthday in September 2018

This September, the PECoG group celebrated Arianna Felissatti's birthday with some delicious tiramisu.

PECoG Gruppe
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“Cross-domain semantic priming – language and arithmetic” Workshop at the Unviresity of Potsdam, 16+17 November 2018

Cognitive scientists seek to identify mechanisms of thought that apply across domains.
Consider the relation between language and arithmetic: both domains arguably describe
real-world facts, thus perhaps explaining the “unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics”
(Wigner, 1960).
Syntactic priming between these two domains has been documented by Scheepers,
Myachykov, and colleagues (2011, 2014), semantic alignment effects were documented by
Bassok and colleagues (2008). Yet, Ronasi and colleagues (2018) failed to find semantic
priming. Why do linguistic statements such as “Everyone except John goes to school” not
prime a subsequent subtraction (e.g., “10 – 4”), by inducing faster solution compared to
when the same problem is preceded by a statement like “Nobody except John goes to
school”, which might instead prime addition? Why did it also fail the other way around?
We wish to address this topic, inform each other about recent progress, develop a set of
promising experimental paradigms, and submit a pre-registered report based on cross-
laboratory replications.
Confirmed participants

  • Prof Luisa Lugli and Dr. Stefania d’Ascenzo, Bologna/Italy, Embodied cognition
  • Prof Anna Borghi, Rome/Italy, Embodied semantics
  • Prof Samuel Shaki, Ariel/Israel, Numerical cognition
  • Dr. Andriy Myachykov, Newcastle/England, Language and embodiment
  • Dr. Christoph Scheepers, Glasgow/Scotland, Psycholinguistics and statistics
  • Dr Luigi Grisoni, FU Berlin/Germany, Embodied neuroscience
  • Golnoush Ronasi, MSc, Berlin, Cross-domain priming


For further details please contact Prof Martin H Fischer per email at martinfuni-potsdamde

 

 

Fischer & Felissatti
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PECoG Internship completed by Arianna Felisatti

This July, Arianna Felisatti sucessfully completed her internship in the PECoG group.

Fischer & Felissatti
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Dr. Fabbri
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Guest Lecture by Dr. Marco Fabbri

This July, Dr. Marco Fabbri from University of Caserta gave a guest lecture in our group.

Dr. Fabbri
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Michal Pinhas
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Lab Visit by Dr. Michal Pinhas

This July, Dr. Michal Pinhas from Ariel University visited the Pecog group and gave a guest lecture.

Michal Pinhas
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Demonstration
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Lab Demonstration by IMotions

 

In June 2018, the Pecog group hosted a lab demonstration, which was held by the company IMotions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Picknick
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PECoG Picknick

In June 2018, the PECoG group had a nice picknick together.

Picknick
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Dinner
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Visit by Daniel L. Everett

In April 2018, the american linguist Daniel L. Everett visited the univesity of Potsdam and joined the PECoG group for a lab demonstration and for dinner.

https://www.uni-potsdam.de/medieninformationen/detail-latest/article/2018-04-16-kultur-sprache-und-menschheitsgeschichte-der-amerikanische-linguist-daniel-l-everett.html

Dinner
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Roboter und Frau küssen sich
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International Workshop "AI Love You"

In winter 2017, the PECoG group hosted the international workshop "AI Love You".

Roboter und Frau küssen sich
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Logo Escop
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ESCoP 2017

The PECoG group organized and hosted the 20th meething of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology ESCoP.

Logo Escop
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