Welcome to the Social Mind and Body Group's website

The Social Mind and Body group (SOMBY), led by Natalie Sebanz and Günther Knoblich, investigates the perceptual, cognitive, and motor processes that underlie social cognition and social interaction. Our take is that individual minds are geared towards understanding others and interacting with others. This is why we study perception, cognition, and action in social context. As a tribute to good old solitary thinking we also study the processes underlying insight in problem solving.

Joint planning, coordination, and commitment

Communication and teaching in joint action

Joint attention, perspective taking, and mindreading

Self and other in perception and action

Insight and innovation



2014-2019 ERC Consolidator grant Joint action expertise: behavioral, cognitive, and neural mechanisms for joint action learning (JAXPERTISE) led by Natalie Sebanz

2015-2020 ERC Synergy grant Constructing social minds: Coordination, communication, and cultural transmission (SOMICS) led by Günther Knoblich

2016-2021 ERC Starting Grant The Sense of Commitment: An Integrative Framework for Modeling the Sense of Commitment (SENSE OF COMMITMENT) led by John Michael


The Boundaries of Mind Workshop - 13th Nov, Vienna

Much recent thinking about the mind and the brain in psychology, philosophy and neuroscience has been preoccupied with questions about boundaries — including those between mind and world, between individual agents, between mind and the rest of the body, between the neural and the psychological, and b

Lab Manager position open

The SOMBY Lab is looking for a lab manager. If you are interested, please click here.

Professor Natalie Sebanz was appointed to be member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Psychological Science

Natalie will serve as the Secretary of the Association. APS is the leading international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders.

JAM 8 will be held in July 10-13 2019 at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy

We invite you to attend the 8th bi-annual Joint Action Meeting (JAM) which brings together cognitive scientists and researchers from related disciplines studying individuals’ ability to act together.