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CIMeC - Center for Mind/Brain Sciences

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How do we recognize other people’s actions? What does it mean to open something (e.g. a box, your mouth, or your mind)?
Our goal is to elucidate the neural pathway of action recognition and understanding – from the perception of single entities (e.g. body parts, objects) and their movements in space to more general, conceptual representations that capture, for example, what open a box and open your mind have in common.
A key aspect of this research focuses on how different aspects of action knowledge are topographically organized on the cortical surface and what determines this topography. Thereby, we seek to improve our understanding of the principles of knowledge organization in the brain.
We mainly use neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, MEG), in typical and special populations, to address these questions.

Research directions

Temporal dynamics of action recognition – what is represented where and when?
Action recognition involves a network of different areas in occipitotemporal and frontoparietal cortex. However, their precise role during the process of action recognition – from perceptual analysis to conceptual access to processes that follow action understanding – is unclear. To understand what occipitotemporal and frontoparietal areas are doing at different stages during action recognition, weuse MEG to investigate what aspects of actions are represented in these regions over time.


Moritz Wurm


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Ongoing collaborations

  • Jorge Almeida (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Alfonso Caramazza (Harvard University, USA)
  • Nadiya El-Sourani (University of Münster, Germany)
  • Mathias Hegele (University of Giessen, Germany)
  • Angelika Lingnau (University of Regensburg, Germany)
  • Constantin Rezlescu (UCL, UK)
  • Ricarda I. Schubotz (University of Münster, Germany)
  • Ella Striem-Amit (Harvard University, USA)
  • Raffaele Tucciarelli (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
  • Gilles Vannuscorps (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Ehud Zohary (Hebrew University, Israel)


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