Empirical Investigations of Situated Cognition


The third cohort of PhDs has successfully started their projects in our Research Training Group ‘Situated Cognition’. Now, the PhDs are ready to give insights into their projects and research in more detail. Starting out with a workshop focused on the empirical investigations within situated cognition, our PhDs present their work and are joined by our highly regarded keynote speakers. Alice Auersperg, Sam Wass, and Tobias Meilinger give us their perspective on questions such as how problems are solved in non-human animals, what developmental trajectories can tell us about later cognitive abilities or how cognition differs when in virtual versus real space. This first workshop will cover current trends and topics in the fields of Animal Cognition, Developmental Psychology, and Virtual Reality. In order to continuously learn more about structural injustice at university and to foster a diverse and equal environment, we have also invited Anna Welpinghus to give a workshop as well as talk.

Streamed Keynote Talks

The keynote talks will be streamed via Zoom to anyone interested (no registration needed). Please use the following credentials to join:

Zoom ID: 834 8329 8995
Zoom Code: 00aBzt
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83483298995?pwd=ckZrS2g4bXBzODNDTmJHQlkwaUxYdz09

Program Overview

– Thursday, 6th of June –

14:00 – 14:10IntroductionNikola Kompa & Albert Newen
14:10 – 15:10Invited TalkAnna Welpinghus
(Bielefeld University)
About General Perspectives in Science: Dealing with Structural Injustice at the University
15:10 – 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 – 15:50Short Presentation
Associated PhD
Renee Ye (Ruhr University Bochum)AI Companionship Qua Interactive Exotica
15:50 – 16:10Short Presentation 3rd Cohort PhDAnıl Bayindir(Ruhr University Bochum)The Neural Representation and Plasticity of Pigeons’ Body Plan
16:10 – 16:35 Coffee Break
16:35 – 17:45Keynote
Alice Auersperg (VetMed University Vienna)Breaking New Ground: Innovation in Birds Primates and Human Infants
18:30Dinner at Rimio Asian Fusion

– Friday, 7th of June –

09:00 – 10:10Keynote
Sam Wass 
(University of East London)
How Early Inter-Personal Interaction Dynamics Drive Attention and Intentional Communication
10:10 – 10:553rd Cohort PhDLeonard Kulisch (Ruhr University Bochum)The Effects of Parental Cognitions on Dynamic Parent-Child Interactions and Separation Anxiety Symptoms
10:55 – 11:15Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:003rd Cohort PhDSyrine Rekhis (Osnabrück University)How Do Our Chemosenses Communicate With Metabolism?
12:00 – 12:453rd Cohort PhDWilliam Angkasa (Osnabrück University)Mindreading – Mindinforming – Mindshaping: A Situated Approach to Understanding Crowd Psychology
12:45 – 13:00Photo Session
13:00 – 14:15Lunch BreakMensa Westerberg
14:15 – 15:003rd Cohort PhDJohn Jairo Madrid Carvajal
(Osnabrück University)
In the Driver’s Seat: Principal Components of Sensorimotor Coordination in Autonomous and Manual Driving
15:00 – 15:453rd Cohort PhDAitana Grasso Cladera
(Osnabrück University)
New Perspectives on the Approach-Avoidance Bias: Preliminary Results
15:45 – 16:10Coffee Break
16:10 – 17:20Keynote
Tobias Meilinger
(University of Tübingen)
Situated Cognition in Real and Virtual Spaces


This workshop has been organized by members of the RTG “Situated Cognition”:

  • Albert Newen (Speaker; Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Nikola Kompa (Deputy speaker; Universität Osnabrück)
  • Julia Wolf (Scientific coordinator, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Louis Loock (Deputy scientific coordinator; Universität Osnabrück)


Universität Osnabrück
Helikoniensaal (Bohnenkamp-Haus, Gebäude 64)

More information on the directions will follow soon.


Online participation is free and requires no registration, so feel welcome to use the Zoom link above to join our keynote talks online. However, if you would like to participate as a guest listener on-site, please send an email to Rebecca Watzlawek (rwatzlawek [at] uni – osnabrueck DOT de) so that we can prepare the venue location accordingly. Applications as an external presenter are not possible for this event.