Joint planning, coordination, and commitment

in press

Bonalumi, F., Michael, J. & Heintz, C. (In Press, Mind & Language), Perceiving commitments: When we both know that you’re counting on me.


Curioni, A., Knoblich, G., Sebanz, N., Sacheli, L. (2020) The engaging nature of interactive gestures. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0232128.

Cross, L., Michael, J., Wilsdon, L., Henson, A., & Atherton, G. (2020), Still Want to Help? Interpersonal Coordination’s Effects on Helping Behaviour After a 24 Hour Delay,’ Acta Psychologica), 206, 103062.

McEllin, L., Knoblich, G. & Sebanz, N. (2020). Synchronicities that shape the perception of joint action. Scientific Reports, 1015554.

Michael, J., Felber, A., and McEllin, L. (2020), ‘Prosocial Effects of Coordination: What, Why and How?’, Acta Psychologica 207, 103083.

Székely, M., & Michael, J. (2020). The Sense of Effort: A Cost-Benefit Theory Of The Phenomenology Of Mental Effort. Forthcoming in Review of Philosophy and Psychology. Retrieved from


Atherton, G., Sebanz, N., & Cross, L. (2019). Imagine All The Synchrony: The effects of actual and imagined synchronous walking on attitudes towards marginalised groups. PloS one, 14(5), e0216585.

Bonalumi, F., Isella, M., & Michael, J. (2019). Cueing implicit commitmentReview of Philosophy and Psychology, 1-20

Curioni, A., Vesper, C., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2019). Reciprocal information flow and role distribution support joint action coordinationCognition, 187, 21-31.

Green, A., McEllin, L., & Michael, J. (2019). Does Sensorimotor Communication Stabilize Commitment in Joint Action?: Comment on “The body talks: Sensorimotor communication and its brain and kinematic signatures” by G. Pezzulo et al. Physics of Life Reviews. 10.1016/j.plrev.2019.01.009

Kourtis, D., Woźniak, M., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2019). Evidence for we-representations during joint action planning. Neuropsychologia131, 73-83.

Powell, H., & Michael, J. (2019). Feeling committed to a robot: why, what, when and how?. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 374(1771), 20180039.

Strachan, J. W., Smith, A. K., Gaskell, M. G., Tipper, S. P., & Cairney, S. A. (2019). Investigating the formation and consolidation of incidentally learned trust. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

Székely, M., Powell, H., Vannucci, F., Rea, F., Sciutti, A., & Michael, J. (2019). The perception of a robot partner’s effort elicits a sense of commitment to human-robot interactionInteraction Studies20(2), 234-255.

Török, G., Pomiechowska, B., Csibra, G., & Sebanz, N. (2019). Rationality in Joint Action: Maximizing Coefficiency in Coordination. Psychological Science30(6), 930-941.

Vignolo, A., Powell, H., McEllin, L., Rea, F., Sciutti, A., & Michael, J. (2019, October). An adaptive robot teacher boosts a human partner’s learning performance in joint action. In 2019 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) (pp. 1-7). IEEE.

Vignolo, A., Sciutti, A., Rea, F., & Michael, J. (2019, November). Spatiotemporal Coordination Supports a Sense of Commitment in Human-Robot Interaction. In International Conference on Social Robotics (pp. 34-43). Springer, Cham.

Wolf, T., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., Keller, P. E., & Knoblich, G. (2019). Combining Phase Advancement and Period Correction Explains Rushing during Joint Rhythmic Activities. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 9350.


Chennells, M & Michael, J (2018). Effort and performance in a cooperative activity are boosted by the perception of a partner’s effort, Nature: Scientific Reports (2018) 8:15692 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-34096-1

de Bruin, L. & Michael (2018) Prediction Error Minimization as a Framework for Social Cognition ResearchJournal of Erkenntnis pp. 1-20.

McEllin, L., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2018). Distinct kinematic markers of demonstration and joint action coordination? Evidence from virtual xylophone playing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(6), 885-897.

Michael, J., & Székely, M. (2018). The developmental origins of commitmentJournal of Social Philosophy49(1), 106-123.

Milward, S. J., & Sebanz, N. (2018). Imitation of coordinated actions: How do children perceive relations between different parts?PloS one13(1), e0189717.

Nagatsu, M, Larsen, L, Karabegovic, M, Székely, M,  Mønster, D. & Michael, J. (2018) Making good cider out of bad apples -- Signaling expectations boosts cooperation among would-be free riders, Judgment and Decision Making 13 (1), 137-149

Székely, M., & Michael, J. (2018)Investing in commitment: Persistence in a joint action is enhanced by the perception of a partner’s effort. Cognition, 174, 37-42.

Wolf, T., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2018). Joint Action coordination in expert-novice pairs: Can experts predict novices’ suboptimal timing? Cognition, 178, 103-108.  DOI:10.1016/j.cognition.2018.05.012 


Curioni, A., Minio-Paluello, I., Sacheli, L. M., Candidi, M., & Aglioti, S. M. (2017). Autistic traits affect interpersonal motor coordination by modulating strategic use of role-based behaviorMolecular autism8(1), 23

Michael, J., & Székely, M. (2017). Goal slippage: a mechanism for spontaneous instrumental helping in infancy?Topoi, 1-11.

Michael, J., & Salice, A. (2017). The Sense of Commitment in Human–Robot Interaction.International Journal of Social Robotics, 1-9.9 (5), 755-763

Pezzulo, G., Iodice, P., Donnarumma, F., Dindo, H., & Knoblich, G. (2017). Avoiding accidents at the champagne reception: A study of joint lifting and balancing. Psychological science28(3), 338-345.

Salice, A., & Michael, J. (2017). Joint commitments and group identification in human-robot interaction. In Sociality and Normativity for Robots (pp. 179-199). Springer, Cham.


Lowe, R., Almer, A., Lindblad, G., Gander, P., Michael, J., & Vesper, C. (2016). On the role of cognitive-affective states in joint action. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 10, 88.

Michael, J, Sebanz, N, & Knoblich G., (2016), Observing Joint Action: Coordination Creates CommitmentCognition 157, pp 106-113.

Milward, S. J., & Sebanz, N. (2016). Mechanisms and development of self–other distinction in dyads and groups. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 371(1686), 20150076.

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.

Vesper, C., & Sebanz, N. (2016). Acting Together: Representations and Coordination Processes. In S. S. Obhi & E. S. Cross (Eds), Shared Representations: Sensorimotor Foundations of Social Life (pp. 216-235). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wahn, B., Schmitz, L., Koenig, P., & Knoblich, G. (2016). Benefiting from Being Alike: Interindividual Skill Differences Predict Collective Benefit in Joint Object Control. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J.C. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2747-2752). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.


Böckler, A., Wilkinson, A., Huber, L., & Sebanz, N. (2015). Social Coordination: from Ants to Apes. In The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Evolutionary Neuroscience (ed. S. V. Shepherd), Wiley.

Eskenazi, T., Rueschemeyer, S.-A., de Lange, F.P., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2015). Neural correlates of observing joint actions with shared intentionsCortex, 70, 90-100.

Lugli, L., Iani, C., Milanese, N., Sebanz, N., & Rubichi, S. (2015). Spatial Parameters at the Basis of Social Transfer of LearningJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 840-849.

Michael, J., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2015). The sense of commitment: a minimal approachFrontiers in psychology6.

Ramenzoni, V.C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2015). Synchronous Imitation of Continuous Action Sequences: The Role of Spatial and Topological Mapping. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 1209-1222.

Van der Wel, R.P.R.D., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2015). A joint action perspective on embodiment. In Y. Coello & M. Fischer (Eds), Foundations of Embodied Cognition (165-181). Oxford, UK: Psychology Press.


Baus, C., Sebanz, N., de la Fuente, V., Branzi, F. M., Martin, C., & Costa, A. (2014). On predicting others' words: Electrophysiological evidence of prediction in speech production. Cognition,133, 395-407.

Dewey, J. A., Pacherie, E., & Knoblich, G. (2014). The phenomenology of controlling a moving object with another person.Cognition, 132(3), 383-397.

He, X., Sebanz, N., Sui, J., & Humphreys, G. W. (2014). Individualism-collectivism and interpersonal memory guidance of attention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 54, 102-114.

Kourtis, D., Knoblich, G., Wozniak, M., & Sebanz, N. (2014). Attention allocation and task representation during joint action planningJournal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(10), 2275-86.

Michael, J. & Pacherie, E. (2014). On Commitments and other uncertainty reduction tools in joint action. Journal of Social Ontology.

Ramenzoni, V., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2014). Scaling-up perception-action links: Evidence from synchronization with individual and joint action.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40, 1551-1565. 

Vesper, C., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2014). Our actions in my mind: Motor imagery of joint action. Neuropsychologia, 55, 115-121.


Eskenazi, T., Doerrfeld, A., Logan, G.D., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2013). Your words are my words: Effects of acting together on encoding. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 1026-1034

Kourtis, D., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2013). History of interaction and task distribution modulate action simulation.Neuropsychologia, 51, 1240-1247.

Kourtis, D., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2013). Predictive representation of other people's actions in joint action planning: An EEG study. Social Neuroscience, 8, 31-42.

Loehr, J.D., Kourtis, D., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2013). Monitoring individual and joint action outcomes in duet music performance. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 1049-1061.

Loehr, J.D., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2013). Joint action: From perception-action links to shared representations. In W. Prinz, M. Beisert, & A. Herwig, Tutorials in Action Science (pp. 333-353). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Vesper, C., Schmitz, L., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2013). Joint action coordination through strategic reduction in variability. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1522 - 1527). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Vesper, C., van der Wel, P. R. D., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2013). Are you ready to jump? Predictive mechanisms in interpersonal coordination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(1), 48-61.


Doerrfeld, A., Sebanz, N., & Shiffrar, M. (2012). Expecting to lift a box together makes the load look lighterPsychological Research, 76, 467-475.

Eskenazi, T., van der Wel, R., & Sebanz, N. (2012). Mechanisms of skilled joint action performance. In A. M. Williams & N. J. Hodges (Eds.), Skill Acquisition in Sport: Research, Theory and Practice (pp. 229-246). New York: Routledge.

Van der Wel, R. P. R. D., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2012). The sense of agency during skill learning in individuals and dyads. Consciousness and Cognition, 21, 1267-1279.


Atmaca, S., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2011). The joint Flanker effect: Sharing tasks with real and imagined co-actorsExperimental Brain Research, 211, 371-385.

Butterfill, S., & Sebanz, N. (2011). Joint action: What is shared? (Introduction to special issue). Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 2, 137-146.

Knoblich, G., Butterfill, S., & Sebanz, N. (2011). Psychological research on joint action: theory and data. In B. Ross (Ed.),The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, 54 (pp. 59-101), Burlington: Academic Press.

Milanese, N., Iani, C., Sebanz, N., & Rubichi, S. (2011). Contextual determinants of the social transfer of learning effect. Experimental Brain Research, 211, 415-422.

Obhi, S. S., & Sebanz, N. (Eds.) (2011). Moving together: Towards understanding the mechanisms of joint action. Experimental Brain Research, 211, 329-336.

Streuber, S., de la Rosa, S., Knoblich, G., Sebanz, N., & Buelthoff, H.H. (2011). The effect of social context on the use of visual information. Experimental Brain Research. 214, 273-284

Tsai, J. C. C., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2011). On the inclusion of externally controlled actions in action planning.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 1407-1419.

Tsai, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2011). The GROOP effect: Groups mimic group actions. Cognition118, 135-140.

van der Wel, R.P.R.D., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2011). Let the force be with us: Dyads exploit haptic coupling for coordination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance1420-1431

Vesper, C., van der Wel, R.P.R.D., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2011). Making oneself predictable: Reduced temporal variability facilitates joint action coordination. Experimental Brain Research, 211, 517-530.


Böckler, A., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2010). Socializing cognition. In B. Glatzeder, V. Goel, & A. Mueller (Eds.),Perspectives on Thinking (pp. 233-250). Heidelberg: Springer.

Heed, T., Habets, B., Sebanz, N, & Knoblich, G. (2010). Others' actions reduce cross-modal integration in peripersonal spaceCurrent Biology, 20, 1345-1349.

Kourtis, D., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2010). Favouritism in the motor system: Social interaction modulates action simulation. Biology Letters, 6, 758-761.

Vesper, C., Butterfill, S., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2010). A minimal architecture for joint action. Neural Networks, 23,998-1003.


Galantucci, B., & Sebanz, N. (2009). Joint action: Current perspectives. Topics in Cognitive Science, 1, 255-259.

Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2009). Jumping on the ecological bandwagon? Mind the gap! European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 1230-1233.

Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2009). Prediction in Joint Action: What, when, and where. Topics in Cognitive Science, 1, 353-367.


Atmaca, S., Sebanz, N., Prinz, W., & Knoblich, G. (2008). Action co-representation: The joint SNARC effect. Social Neuroscience, 3, 410-420.

Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2008). Evolving intentions for social interaction: From entrainment to joint action. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 363, 2021-2031

Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2008). From mirroring to joint action. In: Wachsmuth, I., Lenzen, M., & Knoblich, G. (Eds.).Embodied Communication (pp. 129-150). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wachsmuth, I., & Knoblich, G. (Eds.) (2008). Modelling Communication with Robots and Virtual Humans. Berlin: Springer.

Wachsmuth, I., Lenzen, M., & Knoblich, G. (Eds.) (2008). Embodied Communication. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wachsmuth, I., Lenzen, M., & Knoblich, G. (2008). Introduction to Embodied Communication: Why communication needs the body. In I. Wachsmuth, M. Lenzen, & G. Knoblich (Eds.), Embodied Communication (pp. 1-28). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Sebanz, N. (2007). The emergence of self: Sensing agency through joint action. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 14, 234-251.

Sebanz, N., Rebbechi, D., Knoblich, G., Prinz, W., & Frith, C. D. (2007). Is it really my turn? An event-related fMRI study of task sharingSocial Neuroscience, 2, 81-95.


Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2006). The social nature of perception and action. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15, 99-104.

Sebanz, N. (2006). It takes two to ... . Scientific American Mind, 52-57.

Sebanz, N. (2006). Eins und eins macht mehr als zwei. [One plus one is more than two]. Gehirn & Geist, 7-8, 22-27.

Sebanz, N., Bekkering, H., & Knoblich, G. (2006). Joint action: Bodies and minds moving together. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10, 70-76.

Sebanz, N., Knoblich, G., Prinz, W., & Wascher, E. (2006). Twin Peaks: An ERP study of action planning and control in co-acting individuals. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18, 859-870.


Sebanz, N., Knoblich, G., & Prinz, W. (2005). How two share a task: Corepresenting Stimulus-Response mappings. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 31, 1234-1246.

Sebanz, N., Knoblich, G., Stumpf, L., & Prinz, W. (2005). Far from action blind: Representation of others´ actions in individuals with autism. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 22, 433-454.


Knoblich, G. & Jordan, S. (2003). Action coordination in groups and individuals: Learning anticipatory control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 29, 1006-1016.

Sebanz, N., Knoblich, G., & Prinz, W. (2003). Representing others' actions: Just like one's own? Cognition, 88, B11-B21.

Sebanz, N., Knoblich, G., & Prinz, W. (2003). Your task is my task. Shared task representations in dyadic interactions. In R. Alterman & D. Kirsh (Eds.), Proceedings of the 25th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.


Knoblich, G., & Jordan, S. (2002). The mirror system and joint action. In M. I. Stamenov & V. Gallese (Eds.): Mirror Neurons and the Evolution of Brain and Language (pp. 115-124). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2000 and earlier

Knoblich, G., & Jordan, S. (2000). Constraints of embodidness on action coordination. In L. R. Gleitman and A. K. Joshi (Eds.), Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 764-769). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.