The ECSU Team

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Head of Unit

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Tom FROESE, Assistant Professor
E-mail: tom.froese at
Location: Lab2 B664

Tom is a cognitive scientist with a background in computer science and cybernetics. He works in the areas of artificial life, human-computer interaction, agent-based modeling, and philosophy of mind. He coordinates the Embodied Cognitive Science Unit, and is Editor-in-Chief of Adaptive Behavior.

Research Unit Administrator

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E-mail: kaori.yamashiro at
Location: Lab2 RUA

Kaori helps us to run this unit smoothly. She manages our equipment purchases, travel and visits, workshops, and supports us in all of our activities. Please contact her with any requests you may have.


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Soheil KESHMIRI, Staff Scientist
E-mail: soheil.keshmiri at
Location: Lab2 B600
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0003-0854-0354

Perceptual Crossing EEG Hyperscanning Haptic Interactions (PCE) Meta-transitions

Soheil has a Ph.D. in robotics and a MSc. in computer science. His prior research focused on the utility of entropic measures for decoding the neural correlates of the affect during embodied communication. In this unit, he investigates the role of neurophysiological signal variability in the emergence of mental states and behaviour and the potential that it can offer to the solution concept of digital markers for neuropsychological disorders. 

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Sébastien LERIQUE, Postdoc
E-mail: sebastien.lerique at
Location: Lab2 B600
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0002-5787-8397

Perceptual Crossing EEG Hyperscanning Haptic Interactions (PCE)

Sébastien has a PhD in Cognitive Science with an anthropological flavour, a BSc in Physics, and strong interests in general hacking and philosophy of technology. In this unit he will work on analysing the systemic physiological and neurological couplings that arise when two people interact with each other.

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Reiko MATSUSHITA, Postdoc
E-mail: Reiko.Matsushita at
Location: Lab2 B600
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0002-7081-8292

Perceptual Crossing EEG Hyperscanning Haptic Interactions (PCE) Eye Tracker Gaze Interactions Realtime Social Interactions Physiology Meta-transitions

Reiko previously studied cognitive neuroscience using behavioral and neuroimaging methods. In this unit, she will work on hyperscanning EEG projects to study how two people interact with each other.

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Jamila RODRIGUES, Postdoc
E-mail: jamila.rodrigues at
Location: Lab2 B656
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0002-3113-4664

COVID-19 Survey

Jamila is an anthropologist who previously worked as a professional dancer and lecturer in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed a PhD in Anthropology and Sufi Islamic Embodied Ritual Practices. Her interested in embodiment, body-mind relation, selfhood and ritual practice. In this unit, she works as a researcher for the project COVID-19 SURVEY, focusing on the narratives of people’s lived experience of social distance and lockdown during this pandemic period.

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Katja SANGATI, Postdoc
E-mail: ekaterina.sangati at
Location: Lab2 B600
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0002-0038-7909

Agency in Perception Realtime Social Interactions Torobo Arm EEG Hyperscanning Physiology

She has a Joint PhD in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, an MA in Philosophy, and a MSc in Cognitive Science. She is interested in social interaction, language evolution, and enactive philosophy of mind. She will be working with the Enactive Torch sensory substitution interface, looking at the role of agency in perception.

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Mark JAMES, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: mark.james at
Location: Lab2 B600

COVID-19 Survey Normativity Habits

Mark's has a PhD in the philosophy of embodied cognitive science, a MA in philosophy and a BA in philosophy and psychology. His PhD work was focused on how culture is reproduced through embodied social interaction. Mark's postdoctoral efforts will focus on questions of wellbeing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, exploring the intersection between embodied cognitive science, design and digital technologies.


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Stephen ESTELLE, Technician
Email: stephen.estelle at
Location: Lab2 B600

Enactive Torch Torobo Arm Perceptual Crossing Haptic Interactions (PCE)

Stephen has a BSc in biomedical engineering and MEng in mechanical engineering. He has industry experience in reverse engineering. In this unit he will apply his mechanical engineering skills to support work with robotics and human-computer interfaces.

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Maria GOHLKE, Technician
Email: maria.gohlke at
Location: Lab2 B600

Eye Tracker Gaze Interactions

Maria has a Dipl.-Ing. (Master's in Mechinal Engineering). Maria is leading the development of the experimental setup to study social sensitivity in pre-verbal infants using eye-trackers and virtual reality technology.

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Brian MORRISSEY, Technician
Email: brian.morrissey at
Location: Lab2 B600

Agency in Perception Torobo Arm EEG Hyperscanning Physiology

Brian spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as an Aircraft Electrical and Environmental Systems Specialist. Afterward, he obtained his BSc in Psychology and is interested in embodied cognition. During his internship, he will be researching the impacts body posture has on intrinsic brain activity.

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Federico SANGATI, Research Assistant
Email: federico.sangati2 at
Location: Lab2 B600
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0001-6088-415X

COVID-19 Survey Torobo Arm Perceptual Crossing

Federico has a BA in Computer Science, a M.Sc. in Logic and a Ph.D. in Humanities. He has 8 years of experience in NLP Industry. In our unit he will help use his Computer Science skill to support the various projects, while learning more about embodied approaches to language, animal communication and nonverbal interaction.

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Alexey YUDIN, Technician
Email: alexey.yudin at
Location: Lab2 B600
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0002-7999-5340


Alexey has a MSc in higher-energy physics and a background in cold fusion. He has experience working as a data scientist for 15 years, including in the stock exchange and in biophysics. In this unit he is supporting our analysis of nonlinear time series and complex systems.

Ph.D. Students

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Chen Lam LOH, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: chen.loh at
Location: Lab2 B600

Synchrony Eye Tracker Gaze Interactions

Chen Lam has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and MSc in Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics. His interests lie in multi-agent social interaction, non-representational theories of cognition and neurolinguistics. In this unit, he is currently working to study interpersonal synchrony using mathematical modelling and experimental approaches.

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Ivan SHPUROV, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: ivan.shpurov at
Location: Lab2 B656

Emergence of Complexity Legobots

Ivan has a Bachelor's in Neurobiology and a Master's in Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology. During his rotation he will be setting up an evolutionary robotics environment to test the role of bodily degrees of freedom on the degrees of freedom of neural activity.

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Yi-Shan CHENG, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: yi-shan.cheng2 at
Location: Lab2 B600

She obtained her Bachelor's in Physics. In this unit, she is working on and studying the coordination in football team by using EEG, questionnaire and behavior data.

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Natalya WEBER, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: at
Location: Lab2 B600
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0002-1955-3612

Natalya has a BSc in chemistry and MSc in theoretical chemistry. During her rotation she used network analysis to characterize active learning environments. In this unit she will be studying the fundamental principles of learning and the emergent creativity in social interactions.

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Shannon HAYASHI, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: shannon.hayashi1 at
Location: Lab2 B600

Shannon has a Bachelor's in Art, Psychology, and Neuroscience. Currently, Shannon is interested in cognition, especially ways to improve cognition, and comparative studies. During rotation Shannon will be participating in the Video Interactions project to study realtime social interactions.

Special Research Students

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Laura Alejandra MOJICA LOPEZ, Doctoral candidate at UAM, Mexico
Email: lauraalejandra.mojicalopez at
Location: Lab2 B600
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0002-2737-4032


She has a MSc in Logic and a Bachelor's in Philosophy. She is currently enrolled as a doctoral student in UAM's postgraduate program of social sciences and humanities. Her doctoral thesis investigates how normativity should be conceived in enactive cognitive science.

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Susana RAMIREZ VIZCAYA, Doctoral Candidate at UNAM, Mexico
Email: susana.ramirez at
Location: Lab2 B656
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0001-6829-025X


She has a Master's in Cognitive Sciences and Bachelor's in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She is currently enrolled in UNAM's postgraduate program of philosophy of science. Her doctoral thesis investigates the relationship between habits and the self.

Ph.D. Rotation Students

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Izabela POREBSKA, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: izabela.porebska1 at
Location: Lab2 B600

Izabela has a Bachelor's degree in Neurobiology from Jagiellonian University and a Master's degree in Neurosciences from University of Bonn, Germany. She is interested in neuropsychology of child's development. During the rotation, she will try to implement EEG to Agency in Perception project, to investigate brain entropy in active and passive movement.

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Kokila Dilhani PERERA, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: kokila.perera at
Location: remote

She has an MSc and BSc in Bioengineering and is interested in the neural mechanisms of learning and decision-making. During her rotation, she will be working on characterizing interbrain coupling within a dyad communicating face-to-face and over video chat.

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Mathieu COUILLARD, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: mathieu.couillard1 at
Location: Lab2 B656

Mathieu completed a BSc and MSc in Physics. His background is in photonics and is currently interested in quantum computing and quantum information technology. During his rotation in the ECSU, he will study the relation between quantum mechanics and consciousness using quantum information theory.

Research Interns

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Samira TAVASSOLI, Research Intern
Email: Samira.Tavassoli at
Location: remote

Sammy is an undergraduate student concentrating in an interdisciplinary study of neuroscience and literature. She is most interested in studying the interactions between perception and cognition. In the unit, she will be working with Katja to investigate how sensory substitution interfaces like the Enactive Torch may become integrated into mental body models as extensions of the body.

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Juan ESQUIVIAS FARIAS, Research Intern
Email: Juan.EsquiviasFarias at
Location: remote

Juan is a Cognitive Psychologist whose main interests are social interaction and social cognition from an embodied and experimental perspective. He has experience with hyperscanning set-ups during joint action tasks. For him it is specially appealing to explore the basic conditions for the emergence of cognitive processes related to Social Interaction and inter-brain synchronization patterns, as well as the design of effective forms to separate task-induced inter-brain synchronization and socially induced, genuine inter-brain synchrony.

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Juliana DE DEUS, Research Intern
Email: Juliana.DeDeus at
Location: remote
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0002-9120-314X

Juliana has a BS in Clinical Psychology and a MS in Behavioural Science. She is interested in healthy aging and dementia. During her internship she will work mainly in the Thought Reading with Meta-transitions Project.

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Rai SATO, Research Intern
Email: rai.sato at
Location: Lab2 B600

Rai has a Bachelor’s in Music. He has experience with psychoacoustical study and immersive sound recording. During his internship, he will work mainly in the Enactive Torch project to support implementing its psychophysical experiments and investigate the efficacy of audio-vibrotactile sensory input in Enactive Torch.

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Christy SHAO, Research Intern
Email: xueying.shao at
Location: Lab2 B600

Christy is a fourth-year Cognitive Science major student with a minor in Interdisciplinary Life Sciences. She's interested in the intersection between art and neuroscience, neuroaesthetics and interactive experiences. During her internship, she will be working on the Thought Meter project. She will be running EEG experiments to study brain activities during the movie-viewing task and while listening to Bach music.