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Laura Schmitz, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher



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). She completed her PhD in Cognitive Science at the Central European University in Budapest in February 2018. In her PhD project, supervised by Günther Knoblich and Natalie Sebanz (Social Mind and Body Group), Laura investigated the processes underlying interpersonal action coordination. She studied how people co-represent each other’s actions when acting together and how they create nonconventional communication systems to solve coordination problems. Laura joined the Chair of Philosophy of Mind at LMU as a postdoctoral researcher in April 2018.

Research Interests

Joint action, interpersonal coordination, co-representation, sensorimotor communication


Weitere Informationen


Wahn, B., Karlinsky, A, Schmitz, L., & König, P. (accepted). Let’s Move It Together: A Review of Group Benefits in Joint Object Control. Frontiers in Psychology.

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

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

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., Schmitz, L., & Knoblich, G. (2017). Modulating Action Duration to Establish Non-Conventional Communication. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(12), 1722-1737.

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.