Projects SPACE and WALKING

[sorry, only one of the projects described in German is currently spelled out in English]

Spatial and social perspective taking

The project examines the mental and neural processes that are at work when people imaginally switch into other -- people’s -- perspectives. We are especially interested in disentangling the specific contributions of different cognitive mechanisms driving the costs of this complex mental activity (e.g., spatial image generation, spatial transformation processes, processes of overcoming spatial interferences). To examine these and other questions we use behavioral and chronometric experimentation as well as neuroimaging methods. Collaborations exist with Marios Avraamides (University of Cyprus, Nicosia), Mike Wendt (University of the Armed Forces Hamburg), and Thomas Wolbers (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Magdeburg). Earlier research on these questions was funded by the German Research Foundation (2011-13), and is currently funded by a CRPF grant (2012-15).

Selected publications

May, M. (2004). Imaginal perspective switches in remembered environments: Transformation vs. interference accounts. Cognitive Psychology, 48, 163-206. doi: 10.1016/s0010-0285(03)00127-0

Vogeley, K., May, M., Ritzl, A., Falkai, P., Zilles, K., and Fink, G. R. (2004). Neural correlates of first-person-perspective as one constituent of human self-consciousness. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, 817-827. doi: 10.1162/089892904970799

May, M. (2007). Imaginal repositioning in everyday environments: Effects of testing method and setting. Psychological Research, 71, 277-287. doi: 10.1007/s00426-006-0083-1

Kockler, H., Scheef, L., Tepest, R., David, N., Bewernick B. H. Newen, A., Schild, H. H., May, M., and Vogeley, K. (2010). Visuospatial perspective taking in a dynamic environment: Perceiving moving objects from a 1st-person-perspective induces a disposition to act. Consciousness & Cognition, 19, 690-701. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2010.03.003

May, M., and Wendt, M. (2013). Visual perspective taking and laterality decisions: Problems and possible solutions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 549, doi:10.3389/fnhum . 2013.00549

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