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Robert Turner is a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, and is an internationally recognized expert in brain physics and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In this interview with Director of Interacting Minds Centre, Andreas Roepstorff, Mr. Turner gives an assessment of the state of MRI then and now and discusses the advantages and limitations of new neuro imaging technologies.
Biologist and professor in cognitive psychology Ivan Toni, Donders Institue in a conversation with Riccardo Fusaroli from Interacting Minds Centre. Topics covered in this interview: Social interactions from a neuroscientific perspective, clinical population.
Panos Mitkidis from Interacting Minds Centre (Aarhus University) in an interview with Davide Folloni (University of Padua) about his interest in the so-called "love hormone" oxytocin and his collaborations with Interacting Minds Centre and the University of Oxford.
What makes some people more socially dominant than others? Psychologist Lotte Thomsen has analyzed how infants as young as of 10-12 months old recognize when two novel agents have conflicting goals, and that they use the agents' relative size to predict the outcome of the very first dominance contests between them.
Hear Lotte Thomsen elaborate on this ground breaking study in this interview with IMC's Michael Bang Petersen.
Is it possible to predict history mathematically? Peter Turchin was trained as a theoretical biologist, but his current research interests lie within the fields of Cultural Evolution and Historical Social Dynamics. He has developed a method called Cliodynamics, which he describes as "a new transdisciplinary area of research at the intersection of historical macrosociology, economic history/cliometrics and mathematical modeling of long-term social processes".
Interviewer: Michael Bang Petersen, IMC.
Do mothers have conversations with their babies when changing the diaper? According to Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi they do. Kind of. She has analyzed early mother-child interactions and argue that the beginnings of joint intentionality can be traced to the practice of embedding the child’s actions into culturally shaped episodes.
Frederique de Vignemont works in philosophy of cognitive science. Her training has been both in philosophy (at the Jean-Nicod Institute, Paris and at the department of philosophy, NYU) and in cognitive science (at the Institute of Cognitive Science, Lyon and at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London).
Frederique visited Interacting Minds Centre in October 2013, where she gave a talk about her most recent work in the field of studying empathy with a special emphasis on pain-empathy. Affiliated IMC researcher John Michael caught Frederique after the talk for a brief interview.
Is human interaction the same in the virtual digital world as it is in our normal world, or is it something entirely different? This is one of the topics covered in this interview with professor James Fowler from University of California, San Diego. This interview was conducted after professor James Fowler had given a guest lecture at Aarhus University, Denmark as part of a lecture series organized by Interacting Minds Centre.
Interviewer: Michael Bang Petersen, IMC
Recorded in September 2013
Keywords: Networked society, online interaction, relationships in social networks.
"Is there a problem of other minds", asks IMC Director Andreas Roepstorff. In his answer Chris Frith touches upon both the fundamental problems associated with inter human cognition, as perceived by different schools of thought, but also the popular misconceptions surrounding the philosophically challenging, and yet so commonly exercised task of understanding one another. The conversation also covers the role of culture in the cognitive interaction and the art of guessing by impromptu assumptions. Chris Frith gave this interview when he attended the "Confusion" workshop at Interacting Minds Centre in August of 2013.
Interviewer: Andreas Roepstorff
Video: Lars Pallesen
In this interview IMC Director Andreas Roepstorff asks psychiatrist Kai Vogeley, "What is social cognition?".
The answer touches upon non verbal communication like gestural behavior and eye brow flashes. Other topics covered are personality disorders and whether it is possible to treat social cognition problems.
Interviewer: Andreas Roepstorff
In September 2013 Panos Mitkidis from Interacting Minds Centre debuted as a speaker at the prestigious TEDx conference in Athens. We sat down with Panos to hear about his TED experience and about the talk itself entitled "Daring to trust—Building Cooperation in a Society".
Interviewer: Lars Pallesen