Arianna Curioni


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Arianna Curioni's background is in Cognitive Neuroscience and she is currently working at TUWien as a Postdoctoral Researcher on Human-Robot interaction. She investigates the cognitive mechanisms underlying humans' ability to perform complex cooperative behavior and the plasticity of self-other cognitive representations in human-robot collaborative tasks.


  • Since June 2022 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Autonomous Systems, TU Wien
  • September 2021 to June 2022 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Cognitive Science Department - Central European University (CEU), Vienna
  • 2016 - PhD in Cognitive, Social and Affective Neuroscience - La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • 2013 - MA in Cognitive Science, University of Turin, Italy


  • SOLAR - Plasticity of body representation of self and other in collaborative


Book Sections

  1. Strachan, J., Curioni, A., McEllin, L., (2024). Flexible Social Learning of Technical Skills: The Case of Action Coordination. In: The Evolution of Techniques: Rigidity and Flexibility in Use, Transmission, and Innovation. Ed. by M. Charbonneau. The Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology, MIT Press.
  2. Strachan, J., Curioni, A., Constable, M., Knoblich, G., & Charbonneau, M. (2020). A methodology for distinguishing copying and reconstruction in cultural transmission episodes. In CogSci. 

  3. Curioni, A., Voinov, P., Allritz, M., Call, J., & Knoblich, G. (2020). Crazy for you! Understanding Utility in Joint Actions. In CogSci. 

  4. Curioni, A., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2016). Joint action in humans: A model for human-robot interactions. In Humanoid Robotics: A Reference, 1-19. 

Co-Edited Journal Special Issue

  1. van der Wel, R. P., Becchio, C., Curioni, A., & Wolf, T. (Eds) (2021). Current Issues In Joint Action Research. Acta Psychologica, 215

Journal Articles

  1. Curioni, A., Voinov, P., Allritz, M., Wolf, T., Call, J., & Knoblich, G. (2022). Human adults prefer to cooperate even when it is costly. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 289 (1973), 20220128.

  2. Curioni, A. (2022). What makes us act together? On the cognitive models supporting humans’ decisions for joint action. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 16.

  3. Fourie, C., Figueroa, N., Shah, J., Bieńkiewicz, M., Bardy, B., Burdet, E., ... & Jung, M. (2022). Joint Action, Adaptation, and Entrainment in Human-Robot Interaction. In Proceedings of the 2022 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 1250-1253).  

  4. Charbonneau, M., Curioni, A., McEllin, L., & Strachan, J. (2022). Flexible cultural learning through action coordination. 

  5. van der Wel, R. P., Becchio, C., Curioni, A., & Wolf, T. (2021). Understanding joint action: Current theoretical and empirical approaches. Acta Psychologica, 215, 103285.

  6. Strachan, J. W., Curioni, A., Constable, M. D., Knoblich, G., & Charbonneau, M. (2021). Evaluating the relative contributions of copying and reconstruction processes in cultural transmission episodes. Plos one, 16(9), e0256901.

  7. Sabu, S., Curioni, A., Vesper, C., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2020). How does a partner’s motor variability affect joint action? PloS one, 15(10), e0241417.

  8. Begus, K., Curioni, A., Knoblich, G., & Gergely, G. (2020). Infants understand collaboration: Neural evidence for 9-month-olds’ attribution of shared goals to coordinated joint actions. Social Neuroscience, 15(6), 655-667. 

  9. Curioni, A., Knoblich, G. K., Sebanz, N., & Sacheli, L. M. (2020). The engaging nature of interactive gestures. PloS one, 15(4), e0232128.

  10. Curioni, A., Vesper, C., Knoblich, G., & Sebanz, N. (2019). Reciprocal information flow and role distribution support joint action coordination. Cognition, 187, 21-31.

  11. Curioni, A., & Sacheli, L. M. (2019). The role of social learning and socio-cognitive skills in sensorimotor communication: Comment on “The body talks: Sensorimotor communication and its brain and kinematic signatures” by Pezzulo et al. Phys. Life Rev, 28, 24-27.

  12. Curioni, A., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2018). Can we identify others' intentions from seeing their movements? Comment on" Seeing mental states: An experimental strategy for measuring the observability of other minds" by Cristina Becchio et al. Phys. Life Rev, 84-87. 

  13. Curioni, A., Minio-Paluello, I., Sacheli, L. M., Candidi, M., & Aglioti, S. M. (2017). Autistic traits affect interpersonal motor coordination by modulating strategic use of role-based behavior. Molecular autism, 8(1), 23. 

  14. Candidi, M., Curioni, A., Donnarumma, F., Sacheli, L. M., & Pezzulo, G. (2015). Interactional leader–follower sensorimotor communication strategies during repetitive joint actions. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 12(110), 20150644.