Portsmouth Node

The Portsmouth TESIS node addresses issues concerning the embodiment of intersubjectivity in two ways: (1) through looking at bodily coordination and understanding of intentions, and (2) through investigating the development of social interactions involving everyday objects. Both projects will extend their scope to study different ages and study both typical and atypical development.

The work at Portsmouth is deeply intertwined with the aims of both the Autism Research Network and the Situated Action and Communication Research Centre.

Research fellows: Valentina Fantasia and Nicole Rossmanith
Supervisors: Alan CostallBeatriz LópezVasu Reddy (node leader)

Project 1: Bodily coordination and understanding of intentions

Cooperation and joint action are often investigated in terms of the explicit sharing of goals and intentions between individuals. However, cooperation and joint action are evident even when no such explicit sharing can take place – as in pre-verbal infants and people with communication deficits such as in ASD. Further, to understand cooperation and joint action as processes which unfold and develop over time, we cannot limit our study to activities in which explicit sharing can occur. In this project we investigate a range of activities in which the interpersonal coordination of intentional actions is evident, often very early in life. (For further details please contact Valentina Fantasia)

Fantasia, V., De Jaegher, H. and Fasulo, A. (2014). We can work it out: an enactive look at cooperation. Front. Psychol. 5:874. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00874

Fantasia, V., Fasulo, A., Costall, A. and López, B. (2014). Changing the Game: Exploring Infants’ Participation in Early Play RoutinesFront. Psychol. 5:522. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00522

Project 2:
Culture in the making: jointly structuring multimodal shared spaces of meaning and action in early triadic infant-object-caregiver interactions.

The project explores how infants grow not only within but also into culture. It focuses especially on the development of triadic infant-object-caregiver-interactions:  how does jointly acting with or on objects and communicating about objects develop? How do infants and caregivers co-ordinate their acting together and how do they form shared multimodal spaces of meaning within which they orient each other towards common points of reference? To explore these questions we accompany infants during their first year of life as they encounter everyday objects and go through their everyday routines together with their caregivers. (For further details please contact Nicole Rossmanith)

Rossmanith, N., Costall, A., Reichelt, A. F., López, B., and Reddy, V. (2014). Jointly structuring triadic spaces of meaning and action: book sharing from 3 months on. Frontiers in Psychology 5. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01390.


TESIS 2014 Summer School:
Meeting Minds – Ways of Engaging and Making Sense

In June 2014 we were happy to welcome an interdisciplinary group of scientists, philosophers, artists and practitioners at our interactive summer school, where we explored processes of engagement and making-sense together in theory and praxis.

Thanks to all participants! You made this an unforgettable experience!

For some impressions see the video below and for more detailed information please visit: http://www.port.ac.uk/meetingminds14