Relevant materials for participants, items of literature, videos, etc. will be posted here.

Phenomenology discussion on Fellows’ day.      Handout

Merleau-Ponty, M., The world of perception and the world of science, in The World of Perception, (London, Routledge), 1948/2004, pp 37 – 45.

Young, I. M., Throwing like a girl: A phenomenology of feminine body comportment, motility, and spatiality, in On Female Body Experience: ‘Throwing Like a Girl’ and Other Essays (Oxford University Press), 2005, pp 27 – 45.

Enactive approach and participatory sense-making

De Jaegher, H., and Di Paolo, E. A. (2007) Participatory sense-making: An enactive approach to social cognition. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 6(4), 485 – 507

De Jaegher, H, Di Paolo, E. A. and Gallagher, S. (2010) Can social interaction constitute social cognition?, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14(10), 441 – 447.

Di Paolo, E. A. (2009) Extended life Topoi 28:9-21.

Di Paolo, E. A., Rohde, M. and Iizuka, H. (2008). Sensitivity to social contingency or stability of interaction? Modelling the dynamics of perceptual crossing New Ideas in Psychology , 26: 278 – 294.

Di Paolo, E. A., Rohde, M. and De Jaegher, H., (2010). Horizons for the Enactive Mind: Values, Social Interaction, and Play. In J. Stewart, O. Gapenne and E. A. Di Paolo (eds), Enaction: Towards a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 33 – 87.

Froese, T. and Di Paolo, E. A. (2009). Sociality and the life-mind continuity thesis. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 8(4), 439-463.

Froese, T. and Di Paolo, E. A. (2011). The enactive approach: Theoretical sketches from cell to society. Pragmatics and Cognition, 19, 1-36.

Fuchs, T. and De Jaegher, H. (2009). Enactive intersubjectivity: Participatory sense-making and mutual incorporation, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 8:465 – 486.

Gallagher, S. (2009). Two problems of intersubjectivity, Journal of Consciousness Studies 16(6-8): 298-308.

Gallagher, S. (2012). In defense of phenomenological approaches to social cognition: Interacting with the critics, Review of Philosophy and Psychology.


Pieper, B. and Clénin, D. (2010). “Embodied Perception of Self and Others in Social Action. A Research Perspective Combining Theory and Practice” , in: Fritz Boehle & Margit Weihrich (Eds) Die Körperlichkeit sozialen Handels. Soziale Ordnung jenseits von Normen und Institutionen), Bielefeld: transcript-Verlag.

Intersubjectivity and psychopathology

Fuchs, T. (2005). Corporealized and disembodied minds: A phenomenological view of the body in melancholia and schizophrenia, Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 12(2), 95 – 107

Intersubjectivity and development

Reddy, V. (2008). How Infants Know Minds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Chapters 1 & 2

Reddy, V., & Morris, P. (2004). Participants Don’t Need Theories: Knowing Minds in Engagement. Theory & Psychology, 14(5), 647-665.


A couple of nice examples of how research in intersubjectivity and social cognition can be embodied artistically.

The first is the 2011 Dance your PhD wining entry: A study of social interactivity using pigeon courtship, by Emma Ware from the BioMotionLab at Queen’s University, Canada. Here’s a link to Emma’s thesis.

Dance your PhD 2011: A study of social interactivity using pigeon courtship from Emma Ware on Vimeo.

The other example is by neuroscientist Guillaume Dumas from the Cognitive Neuroscience and Brain Imaging Laboratory,  Hôpital de la Salpêtrière; Paris, France. A short film (in French) about social understanding, interaction and synchronization of brain activity. The short won the jury’s price of the event “Les chercheurs font leur cinéma” 2011. Here you can find some more information about the work it’s based on.

Dumas, G. (2011). Towards a two-body neuroscience. Communicative & Integrative Biology 4:3, 349-352.

Phi from Guillaume Dumas on Vimeo.