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The Interacting Self: From Self-Consciousness to Social Interactions in Human and Artificial Agents

IMC partner in new project granted by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal.

2021.02.22 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

The IMC will co-host an innovative new research project. Principal Investigator Anna CIAUNICA (University of Lisbon, Portugal) has been awarded 250.000€ for a 3-year grant by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal.  

The INTERSELF project will examine the effects of social interactions with human and artificial agents on our sense of self and self-identity.  

Despite the ubiquitous presence of these new forms of interactions with artificial agents and their increasing impact on our lives, little is known about how these emergent types of socializing affect our self-consciousness, self-identity and our sense of self.   

The INTERSELF project tackles this timely issue and brings together an interdisciplinary team of world-leading experts and rising young researchers in philosophy and theoretical and computational neuroscience.  

Ultimately, we will demonstrate that the further we advance in the goal of making, understanding and interacting with Artificial Others, the more we will learn about the essence of the Human Self.  

Project Management:

PI – Anna Ciaunica (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Co-PI – Daina Crafa (IMC, Aarhus University, Denmark)


Senior Collaborator – Andreas Roepstorff  (IMC, Aarhus University, Denmark)

Research Team Members

Karl FRISTON (UCL, London, UK) 

Shaun GALLAGHER (Memphis, USA) 

Luis MADEIRA (Lisbon, Portugal) 



Andy CLARK (Sussex, UK) 

Guillaume DUMAS (Montreal, Canada) 

Antonia HAMILTON (London, UK) 

Pablo LANILLOS (Nijmegen, Netherlands) 

Joelle PROUST (Paris, France) 

Contact at AU:

Daina Crafa, Assistant Professor
IMC, School of Culture and Society