Human Interactivity
and Language Lab

HILL gathers people interested in the importance of interactivity for
human cognition. We study physical, situated, embodied and
value-laden interactions seeking in them both sources and
motivations for cognitive processes and structures.

Selected projects


Experiencing interaction in improvised dance – intersubjective narrations and movement analysis

For ages, dace has had the function of building and strengthening human relationships. This project treats dance improvisation as a sort of laboratory in which human interaction can be observed. We are interested in the means by which an improvising duet manages to generate the feeling of “being together while dancing”.

TRAINCREASE – From Social Interaction to Abstract Concepts and Words: Towards Human-centered Technology Development

This project is aimed at strengthening the interdisciplinary field of research on the emergence, understanding and use of abstract concepts and words in human, and in human-machine interaction through the collaboration between the University of Warsaw, the University of Manchester, Sapienza University of Rome and Aarhus University. At the same time, the goal is to strengthen the research potential and research management skills at the University of Warsaw.

Developmentally informed agent-based modeling of symbolic constraints in interaction

The relation of symbolic cognition to embodied and situated bodily dynamics remains one of the hardest problems in the contemporary cognitive sciences. It directly concerns the fundamental assumptions in theories of such basic cognitive processes as thinking and problem solving or using natural language. The present project aims at elaboration and verifying completeness and coherence of a one of the recent theories of the relation between symbol processing and situated action.

Current events

Traincrease Closing Conference

Traincrease Closing Conference in Kazimierz Dolny featuring: 2 keynote speakers, 6 talks from Traincrease partners and results of the Microtwinnings projects and thought-provoking talks from participants.

Roger K. Moore — Local Minima Drive Communication in Cooperative Interaction

Join us for an online lecture by professor Roger K. Moore from the University of Sheffield.

Recent publications

Rorot, W., Skowrońska, K., Nagórska, E., Zieliński, K., Zubek, J., & Rączaszek-Leonardi, J.

Structuring unleashed expression: developmental foundations of human communication

Zieliński, K., Biernacka, A., Wojdat, A., Rączaszek-Leonardi, J., & Komorowska-Mach, J.
Open Access

Researching Communication in Context: Engaged Epistemology and Ethnographic Fieldwork Transforms Understanding of Interactions after Laryngectomy

Rorot, W., & Rączaszek-Leonardi, J.
Open Access

Understanding “Compositionality” in Research on Language Emergence

Kuczma, U., Rączaszek-Leonardi, J., & Tylén, K.
Open Access

Semantic Retrieval Strategies in Divergent Thinking

Rorot, W., & Miłkowski, M.

Empirical evidence in conceptual engineering, or the defense of “predictive understanding”

Rączaszek-Leonardi, J. & Zubek, J

Is love an abstract concept? A view of concepts from an interaction-based perspective

Rączaszek-Leonardi, J

What Dynamic Approaches Have Taught Us About Cognition and What They Have Not: On Values in Motion and the Importance of Replicable Forms

Dingemanse, M., et al., [...] Rączaszek-Leonardi, J.,

Beyond Single-Mindedness: A Figure-Ground Reversal for the Cognitive Sciences

Bancerek, M., & Zubek, J.
Open Access

The emergence of coordinative dialogue – pragmatic context in multi-agent communication

Harrison, D., Rorot, W., & Laukaityte, U

Mind the Matter: Active Matter, Soft Robotics, and the Making of Bio-Inspired Artificial Intelligence