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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


2014-2020 ERC Consolidator grant Joint action expertise: behavioral, cognitive, and neural mechanisms for joint action learning (JAXPERTISE) led by Natalie Sebanz

2015-2021 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


Research in Vienna

We are currently recruiting participants in Vienna to take part in our studies. Click here to learn more

SOMBY Lab reopened

We are gald to announce that our lab has reopened. A strict hygiene protcol has been established to ensure the safety of our researchers and participants.

SOMBY Lab is temporarily closed due to COVID-19

As a public health precaution due to coronavirus, all CEU buildings including the Somby Lab are temporarily closed. Due to the rapidly chaning nature of the situation, we are not announcing a re-opening date at this time and will provide updates later on our website.

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.