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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Sébastien LERIQUE, Postdoc
E-mail: sebastien.lerique at
Location: Lab2 B656
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0002-5787-8397

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

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

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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Andrés G. MEJÍA RAMÓN, Postdoc
Email: andres.mejiaramon at
Location: Lab2 B600

ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0002-9006-2381

Andrés is an archaeologist and ecologist who uses geophysical and computational methods to understand the relationship between humans and the environment across deep time. His research includes the development of agriculture, religious ideology, and sociopolitical structures in Central Mexico, the Maya area, and Lower Central America. His more-theoretical work includes investigating the consequences of statistical mechanical constraints on human and non-human movement and organization across the landscape.

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Finda Dwi PUTRI, Postdoc
Email: finda.putri at
Location: Lab2 B600

ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0003-2672-7032

Finda has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, M.Sc. in Biology of Human Performance and Health, and B.Sc. in Biology. She has a research background in Brain-Computer Interface, neurofeedback, and hyperscanning recording, and mostly worked around EEG. She joined the group to take part in the perceptual crossing hyperscanning EEG experiment and analyses.


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

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

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. He signed on with the unit combining his interests and became the unit’s EEG technician. Additionally, he will learn data analysis and spearhead groundbreaking research in meta-state transitions.

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

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

Rai has a Bachelor's in Music. He has research experience with psychophysical studies on acoustics and tactile and experiment design for human-computer interaction research in the US. In this unit, he will support various projects related to perception, in terms of experimental design and implementation.


Léticia BERKATE, Technician
Location: Lab2 B600

Leticia has a Bachelor’s degree in Life Science and a Master’s degree in Integrative Biology and Physiology, specialized in cognitive neuroscience. She is taking part in the projects involving h-EEG and Eye Tracking to explore physiological and brain synchrony in humans during social interaction.

Research Assistants

Natalia KOSHKINA, Research Assistant
Email: Natalia.Koshkina at
Location: Lab2 B656

Natalia has a Ph.D. in International Relations, MA in Political Science, and MA in History. She is interested in the issues of self-perception and self-identification in varying external environments. Natalia joined the unit to work as a Research Assistant on the Covid-19 Survey.

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Tae MORRISSEY, Research Assistant
Email: tae.morrissey at
Location: Lab2 B600

Tae is a certified medical translator. She supports the unit with ethics applications, participant recruitment, data collection and administration matters.

Ph.D. Students

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

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 studies interpersonal synchrony using mathematical modelling and experimental approaches.

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Ivan SHPUROV, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: ivan.shpurov at
Location: Lab2 B600

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
Co-Supervisor: Acer Yu-Chan Chang (PhD, MS), University of Tokyo

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.

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Kazuma TAKADA, Incoming PhD Student
Email: k.takada at
Location: Lab2 B600

Kazuma has a BSc and MSc in computer science. His interest is “Self-Dynamics” in the human-computer integration experience. He works on this topic through the demonstration and the psychophysical/cognitive experiment. He is not only a Ph.D. student at OIST, but also he is a Research Assistant of SonyCSL and a Visiting Researcher of Keio Media Design. He approaches his theme from various perspectives and aspires to work across disciplines.

Ph.D. Rotation Students

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Terezie SEDLINSKA, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: terezie.sedlinska at
Location: To be decided
ORCID: ORCID logo 0000-0002-4768-7773

Terezie graduated from medical school and holds an M.Res. in Medical Research. She worked as a resident psychiatrist, specializing in acute psychosis patients in the inpatient setting. Her research focuses primarily on behavioral modeling of basal learning and decision-making mechanisms in humans. During her rotation in our lab, she will analyze hyper-scanning data from EEG and physiological measures in social interactions.

Visiting Students

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Samira TAVASSOLI, Visiting Student
Email: Samira.Tavassoli at
Location: Lab2 B600

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.

Research Interns

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John SYKES, Research intern
Email: johnjames.sykes at
Location: Lab2 B600

John holds a BA in Philosophy & History, a MSc in Psychology, a M.Res in Philosophy and is currently completing a PhD in Philosophy, Science, Cognition and Semiotics. His MA research investigated the ways in which research findings from phenomenological philosophy and cognitive neuroscience can be productively integrated within single research programmes. His PhD research attempts to apply those findings to the study of embodied spatiality, particularly in relation to how objects and other people shape spatial cognition and its neural correlates. In the unit, he assists in projects pertaining to neurophenomenology and temporality and affectivity in schizophrenia. He is also interested in the philosophy of science, technology and biology.

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Francesca FOTIA, Research intern
Email: francesca.fotia at
Location: Lab2 B656

Francesca has a PhD in Neuropsychology, a MSc in Psychology, and a BA in Communication Science. Additionally, she has trained in Clinical psychology in a Mental Health Service Unit of the Italian National Health System. She is interested in a research approach that favours the integration of phenomenology and neuroscience as a way of increasing the possibility of understanding and treating psychiatric illnesses. In this unit, she will investigate temporality and affectivity as manifest in schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

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Kathryn BODY, Research intern
Email: kathrynfiona.body at
Location: To be decided

Kathryn is a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy, at the University of Bristol. She has an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London and BA in Philosophy from the University of Kent. Her current research project combines perspectives from phenomenology and social anthropology to qualitatively analyse data collected for the COVID-19 survey project. During her time at the unit, she will continue to work with this data and help facilitate a workshop discussing the project findings.

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Mats-Helge STROMBERG, Research intern
Email: mats-stromberg at
Location: Lab2 B600

Mats has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in International Business Administration. During his internship, he will be assisting Katja in working with the Enactive Torch sensory substitution interface and looking at the role of agency in perception.