Background and activities


Associate Professor of Philosophy, NTNU Trondheim

Co-Principal Investigator "Science of Intelligence" Excellence Cluster, TU Berlin

Research Profile

My specialties are in philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognition, especially the so-called 4E approaches (enacted, extended, embodied, embedded aspects of the mind), philosophy of psychology, as well as interdisciplinary research in cognitive science. My goal is to contribute to the development of a relational model of the self, which integrates embodiment, sociality and technology. I am also researching inter-agent affordances, mental health, social cognition and applied ethics.

Interdisciplinary Research

I am both a philosopher and cognitive scientist. Thus, I actively engage in interdisciplinary research with the natural sciences, especially with psychology, neuroscience and robotics/AI and I relate philosophical, conceptual reasoning to empirical and experimental research. 

At NTNU, I lead and coordinate the recently established interdisciplinary research network "agency, action and embodiment (AAE)", seeking to strenghten collaboration and dialogue between the humanities and the natural sciences. In my previous position I have founded the interself lab (at TU Berlin) a research group bringing together philosophers and psychologists to understand embodied selfhood and how it transformed through social interactions. I am also a Co-PI at "Science of Intelligence" a robotics based excellence cluster at TU Berlin.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you want to discuss collaborative projects or synergy potentials e.g. in the areas of embodied cognition, agency, (artificial) intelligence, mental health, interaction dynamics. 

Current Position

  • Associate Professor in Philosophy at Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies, NTNU Norway
  • Co-Principal Investigator at “SCIoI” (Interdisciplinary Cluster of the German Excellence Strategy)

Honorary Appointments

  • Parental Leave with Sonya Frances October 2020 - August 2021, Trondheim, Norway
  • Member Einstein Circle "Exploring Otherness" of Einstein Foundation Berlin
  • Associated Faculty Member Berlin Mind and Brain School, Humboldt University Berlin

Past Employments

  • Visiting Full Professor Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  • Visiting Full Professor Philosophy of Cognition, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  • Marie Curie Experienced Researcher (IPODI), Berlin Center for Knowledge Research, Technical University, Berlin
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Theoretical Philosophy, “Science Beyond Scientism” project, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of the Basque Country, San Sebastián, Spain
  • Research Fellow, Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, Garrison Institute, New York, U.S.
  • Visiting Researcher, Centre for Psychosocial Medicine, Section Phenomenology, Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Fuchs
  • Research Assistant (philosophy of mind), Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrueck


  • University of Osnabrueck, PhD, Cognitive Science (Summa Cum Laude), 2013, “From Body to Self – Towards a Socially Enacted Autonomy -With Implications for Locked-in Syndrome and Schizophrenia”. Reviewers: Ezequiel Di Paolo, Evan Thompson, Sven Walter
  • University of Sussex, M.A., Philosophy of Cognitive Science (With Distinction). “An Analysis of Reflexive Monism – On Reconciling 1st- and 3rd- person perspectives”, 2007
  • Universities of Berlin and Potsdam, graduate and post-graduate Studies in Philosophy and Sociology

Research Area/Interest:

  • Philosophy of mind and cognition (enactive, embodied, extended cognition)
  • Embodied cognitive science
  • Philosophy of psychology and psychiatry, disorders of the self
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of artificial intelligence/technology
  • Self, embodiment, embodied intersubjectivity, social cognition

Grants and Fellowships

  • Principal Investigator in DFG Cluster of the German Excellence Strategy “Science of Intelligence”, Technical University Berlin, Jan 2019
  • DFG conference grant (Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft/German Research
    Society) for funding the international conference “The Open Self – Investigating the
    Boundaries of the Self – Bodily, Social and Technological”, at Technical University Berlin, Sep 2018 (Main Applicant)
  • Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, “ESSE” (An Embodied and Social Approach to the Self”), Technical University Berlin, 2015-2017
  • Postdoctoral Grant “Science Beyond Scientism” VU University of Amsterdam, 2014-2015
  • Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, TESIS (Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity), Node San Sebastian, University of the Basque Country (UPV), 2011-2014
  • PhD Fellow Graduate School “Adaptivity in Hybrid Systems”, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrueck, 2008-2011


Publications (click here for Google Scholar Profile)


Kyselo, M. (2013), From Body to Self – Towards a Socially Enacted Autonomy, With Implications forLocked-in Syndrome and Schizophrenia. Osnabrück: University of Osnabrück.



Galbusera, L. and Kyselo, M. (2019): The Importance of Dialogue for Schizophrenia Treatment: Conceptual Bridges Between the Open Dialogue Approach and Enactive Cognitive Science. Humana Menta 12 (36).

Galbusera, L., Finn, M. T. M., Tschacher, W., & Kyselo, M. (2019). Interpersonal synchrony feels good but impedes self-regulation of affect. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1–12.

Kyselo, M., (2019) More than our Body – Minimal and Enactive Selfhood in Global Paralysis, Neuroethics,, With a response by Dan Zahavi

Galbusera, L. and Kyselo, M. (2017). The difference that makes the difference: a conceptual analysis of the Open Dialogue approach. Psychosis, in press

Mitkidis, P., Ayal, S., Heimann, K., Kyselo, M., Levy, G., and Roepstorff, A. (2017). The Effects of Extreme Rituals on Moral Behavior: the performers-observers gap hypothesis. Journal of Economic Psychology 59 (1-7).

Kyselo, M. (2016). The Minimal Self Needs a Social Update. Philosophical Psychology, 1-9.

Kyselo, M. (2015). The Enactive Approach and Disorders of the Self. The case of Schizophrenia. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. PHEN-D-15-00045R2

Tschacher,W.,Haken,H.andKyselo,M.(2015),Alliance:Acommonfactorofpsychotherapy modeled by structural theory. Frontiers in Psychology for Clinical Settings.

Kyselo, M. (2015). Necessarily in Between: On The Role of the Social Self in Schizophrenia Research, Commentary on Gallese, V. and Ebisch, S. Journal of Consciousness Studies 22 (1-2): 241-245

Tschacher, W., Haken, H. and Kyselo, M. (2015). Empirical and structural approaches to temporality of alliance in psychotherapy. Chaos and Complexity Letters. 9.2 : 177-191

Kyselo, M., (2014) The Body Social: An Enactive Approach to the Self. Frontiers in Cognitive Science 5. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00986

Kyselo, M. and Tschacher, W. (2014), An Enactive and Dynamical Systems Theory Account of Dyadic Relationships. Frontiers in Psychology for Clinical Settings. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00452

Kyselo, M. and Di Paolo, E. (2013), Locked-in Syndrome: a Challenge for Embodied Cognitive Science, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. doi: 10.1007/s11097-013-9344-9

Kyselo, M. (2013), Locked-in Syndrome and Brain Computer Interfaces – Towards an Enactive Approach to the Self. Neuroethics 6: 579–591

Kyselo, M. and Walter, S. (2011), Belief Integration in Action – A Defense of Extended Beliefs. Philosophical Psychology 24 (2): 245–260


Kyselo, M. (2016), The Fragile Nature of the Social Mind: a commentary on Alva Noë. In Metzinger, T. and Windt, J. (Eds). Open MIND. MA: MIT press, with a response by Alva Noë

Levy, G. and Kyselo, M. (2016) Dynamic Perspectives on Defamation of Religion among Jewish NGOs, in Stensvold, A. (Hrsg.), Value politics: Religion and the UN. Routledge (in press)

Seth, A., Verschure, P., Blanke, O., Butz, M., Ford, J., Frith, C.D., Kyselo, M., McGann, M., Menary, R., Morsella, E. and O’Regan, K. (2016), Action-Oriented Understanding of Consciousness and the Structure of Experience. In Engel, A., Friston, K., Kragic, D. (Hrsg.) Ernst Strüngmann Forum Report, Where’s the Action? The Pragmatic Turn in Cognitive Science. Cambridge, MA: MIT press.

Kyselo, M. (2013), Enaktivismus. In Stephan, A. and Walter, S. (Hrsg.). Handbuch Kognitionswissenschaft, J.B. Metzler: Stuttgart: 197–202.


Kyselo, M. (2018). Review of Enactive Cognition at the Edge of Sense-making by Massimiliano Cappuccio and Tom Froese (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 1-6

Walter, S. & Kyselo, M. (2009). Fred Adams and Kenneth Aizawa, The Bounds of Cognition. Malden, MA: Blackwell 2008. Erkenntnis 71: 277–281

Kyselo, M. & Walter, S. (2009). Andy Clark Supersizing the Mind, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2008. Philosophical Psychology 22: 803–807