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Agnieszka Wykowska

PD Dr. Agnieszka Wykowska

Senior Research Associate


Leopoldstr. 44
Room 510, 5th floor

Postal address:
Experimental Psychology Unit
Department Psychologie
LMU München
Leopoldstr. 13
80802 München

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 72525
Fax: + 49 (0) 89 / 2180 5211

Office hours:
Wednesdays, 15:00-16:00

Further Information


My research focuses on examining social cognition in human-human and human-robot interactions. I use the methods of social cognitive neuroscience to pinpoint specific mechanisms of the human brain evoked by social interactions. The aim of my research is to apply findings obtained with such methods to the area of social robotics (e.g., robot-assisted training for individuals with autism, elderly- and child care), in order to tune the design of robots to the needs of the human cognitive system. In addition, my research focuses on more fundamental issues: intentional action, sense of agency and attribution of intentional agency to others, visual attention, action-related biases on perception.

Social cognitive neuroscience: fundamental mechanisms of social perception, and the interplay with higher-order cognition; intentionality; social attention; joint action; attribution of agency

Social robotics and human-robot interaction: fundamental mechanisms of social cognition in human-robot interaction; adopting the intentional stance; joint attention and joint action in human-robot interaction; cooperation; incorporating robots into human social sphere.

Action-induced influences on perceptual selection: the intentional weighting mechanism; how intentions to act bias attention and perception


NEWS: Agnieszka Wykowska was awarded the Early Stage Career Award at a COST meeting "The future concept and reality of Social Robotics: challenges, perception and applications - Role of Social Robotics in current and future society", Brussels, June 2013

TEAM: Agnieszka Wykowska is the leader of the Neuroscience of Intentions team

Our team examines the neural and cognitive underpinnings of intentionality:

  • the impact of attributing intentions to others on social cognition and social interactions
  • conditions for adopting the intentional stance
  • inferring intentions based on observed behavior
  • attributing intentionality to oneself
  • the impact of intentional actions on perceptual selection


Members of the Neuroscience of Intentions team:

  • Agnieszka Wykowska (team leader)


Former members: