Project Description

Mind the Body – The role of embodied interactions in the construction of a minimal self

Project leaderEzgi Kayhan (Universität Potsdam)
Project partnersManos Tsakiris (Royal Holloway University of London), Birgit Elster (Universität Potsdam), Stefanie Höhl (Universität Wien), Markus Tünte (Universität Wien)
Durationsince 2019


In this project, we investigate the emerging sense of self in infancy by focusing on the role of embodied interactions, e.g., through the sensing of internal bodily signals such as the heartbeat, to understand how a sense of self is constructed. For this longitudinal investigation, we will test mother-infant dyads when the infant is 3-, 9- and 18-months old.

This research is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – project number KA 4926/1-1.

Our project results

  • Musculus L., Tünte M. R., Raab M., Kayhan E. (2021). An Embodied Cognition Perspective on the Role of Interoception in the Development of the Minimal Self. Frontiers in Psychology, 12[DOI]