Projects

Aarhus Node

The Aarhus Node is based at  Aarhus Universitet in Denmark.  The node leader is Andreas Roepstorff and the fellows are John J. McGraw and Sebastian WallotKristian Tylén is an associated researcher with the project.

Chieti Node/Partner

The University of Chieti (Universita degli Studi “G.d’Annunzio’ Chieti) is associated partner with the TESIS project, working closely together with the Parma Node. It offers ideal research facilities due to the synergetic cooperation of the Department of Clinical Sciences and Bioimaging, the Institute for Advanced Biomedial Technologies and the Baby Lab of the School of Psychology. The associated researchers are Gianluca Romani, Arcangelo Merla and Sjoerd Ebisch.

Heidelberg Node

The Heidelberg node is based at the Psychiatric Department, University Clinic of Heidelberg, Germany, and it is also the coordinating node of the multi-disciplinary TESIS project. The Heidelberg TESIS team comprises the node leaders Thomas Fuchs and Sabine Koch, the project fellows Laura Galbusera (ESR) and Krisztina Sajber (ER), the TESIS project manager Heribert Sattel, and project secretary Waltraud Werkmann. The node focuses on intersubjective and interactive processes responsible for psychotic dysfunctions in schizophrenia and other mental disorders as well as autism. In this context, a randomized controlled trial (RCT) with 200 candidates supported by Laura Galbusera will prove that a – manual-based – body oriented psychotherapy with schizophrenic patients and autistic subjects can support the (re-)embodiment of the self and therefore enhance their empathic abilities and social interactions.

The Heidelberg ER Krisztina Sajber will examine the relevance of embodied and enactive approaches for investigations concerning the relation between basic self-disturbances in autism and schizophrenia. Embodiment and intersubjectivity in the field of psychopathology will be a central focus of our project.

Hertfordshire Node/Partner

The Hertfordshire node is based at the University of Hertfordshire in England. The node leaders are Shaun Gallagher and Daniel D. Hutto, and the fellows are John Elias and Zuzanna Rucinska. The Hertfordshire node is closely linked to the TESIS partner institution, the Institute of Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida (USA)  and with research by Gallagher and Elias being conducted there. The focus of the Hertfordshire group is on enactive and extensive aspects of social cognition in narrative practices and social institutional contexts, with special emphasis on the role of language (Elias) and pretence (Rucinska).
The Munich Node is based at Klinikum Rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München. The node leader is Peter Henningsen and the fellows are Angelique Eydam and Zeynep Okur. The focus of the Munich group is on research involving patients with psychosomatic symptoms.

Parma Node

The Parma Node is based at Universita degli Studi di Parma in Italy. The node leader is Vittorio Gallese and the fellows are Katrin Heimann and Stephanous Ioannou. Francesca Ferri and Corrado Sinigaglia are associated researchers with the project. The Parma Node is closely linked to the Chieti Node with a lot of projects being run with the facilities of both places.

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