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Laura Schmitz, M.Sc.

Laura Schmitz, M.Sc.

Research Assistant


Background and research interests

Laura studied Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück in Germany, where she obtained both her B.Sc. (2012) and her M.Sc. degree (2013). In 2010, she spent a semester abroad at the Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, studying philosophy. In 2012, she completed a research internship in the Social Mind and Body group at the Department of Cognitive Science at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. After obtaining her Master’s degree, she returned to the CEU as a PhD student. Her PhD project, supervised by Günther Knoblich and Natalie Sebanz, focused on the processes underlying interpersonal action coordination. In particular, she investigated how people represent each other’s actions when acting together and how they create novel communication systems to solve coordination problems. In the spring of 2017, Laura spent a few months as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Philosophy (School of Advanced Study) in London, working with Ophelia Deroy. Expected to complete her PhD in early 2018, Laura will join the CVBE group as a postdoc.



Weitere Informationen


Schmitz, L., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (under review). Co-actors Represent the Order of Each Other’s Actions.

Schmitz, L., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (under review). When Height Carries Weight: Communicating Hidden Object Properties for Joint Action.

Vesper, C., Schmitz, L., & Knoblich, G. (in press). Modulating Action Duration to Establish Non-Conventional Communication. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Schmitz, L., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2017). Co-representation of Others’ Task Constraints in Joint Action. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43(8), 1480-1493.

Vesper, C., Abramova, E., Bütepage, J., Ciardo, F., Crossey, B., Effenberg, A., Hristova, D., Karlinsky, A., McEllin, L., Nijssen, S., Schmitz, L., & Wahn, B. (2017). Joint Action: Mental Representations, Shared Information and General Mechanisms for Coordinating with Others. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 2039.

Vesper, C., Schmitz, L., Safra, L., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2016). The Role of Shared Visual Information for Joint Action Coordination. Cognition, 153, 118-123.

Recent Talks

Schmitz, L., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2017). How Do We Represent Others’ Action Sequences? 7th Joint Action Meeting (JAM7), London, UK.