Michael, J. (2022)‘The Philosophy and Psychology of Commitment, Routledge


Szekely, M., & Michael, J. (2023), ‘In it together: evidence of a preference for the fair distribution of effort in joint action’, Evolution and Human Behavior.

Brozzo, C., & Michael, J. (2023), ‘Sense of Commitment to Activity on Facebook: Evidence from a web-based paradigm’, Evolution and Human Behavior.

Michael, J. & Butterfill, S (2023) ‘Intuitions about Joint Action’, Philosophical Psychology

McEllin, L. & Michael, J. (2022)
‘Sensorimotor communication fosters trust and generosity: The role of effort and signal utility’, Cognition,

Chennells, M., Wozniak, M. Butterfill, S & Michael, J, (2022)
‘Coordinated_decision_making_boosts_altruistic_motivation_But_not_trust’, PLoS One

McEllin, L., Felber, A., & Michael, J, (2022)
‘The Fruits of our Labour: Interpersonal coordination generates commitment by signaling a willingness to adapt’, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Michael, J., Green, A., Siposova, B., Jensen, K., & Kita, S. (2022)
‘Finish what you started: Two-year-olds motivated by a preference for completing others’ unfinished actions in instrumental helping contexts’, Cognitive Science

Chennells, M. & Michael, J. (2022)
‘Breaking the Right Way: A Closer Look at How We Dissolve Commitments, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

Westra, E., Terrizzi, B., van Baal, S., Beier, J., & Michael, J, (2021)
‘Beyond avatars and arrows: Testing the mentalizing and submentalizing hypotheses with a novel entity paradigm’, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Green, A., Siposova, B., Kita, S., & Michael, J. (2021, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology), ‘Stopping at Nothing: Two-Year-Olds Differentiate Between Interrupted and Abandoned Goals’

Vignolo, A., Powell, H., Sciutti, A., Rea, F., & Michael, J., (2021) ‘Humanoid Robot’s Effortful Adaptation Boosts a Human Partner’s Commitment to Joint Action’, Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (9), 1-17.

Michael, J., Chennells, M., Nolte, T., Ooi, J., Griems, J., Christensen, W., London Personaity and Mood Disorder Network, King-Casas, B., Fonagy, P. & Montague, R. (2021), Journal of Psychiatric Research), Probing Commitment in Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder


Székely, M., & Michael, J. (Forthcoming in Review of Philosophy and Psychology)., ‘The Sense of Effort: A Cost-Benefit Theory Of The Phenomenology Of Mental Effort.’ Retrieved from DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/8KT94

Cross, L., Michael, J., Wilsdon, L., Henson, A., & Atherton, G. (2020), ‘Still Want to Help? Interpersonal Coordination’s Effects on Helping Behaviour After a 24 Hour Delay.’ Acta Psychologica, 206, 103062

Michael, J., Felber, A., and McEllin, L., (2020), ‘Prosocial Effects of Coodination: What, Why and How?’. Acta Psychologica 207, 103083.

Bonalumi, F., Michael, J. & Heintz, C. (Forthcoming in Mind and Language) Perceiving commitments: When we both know that you’re counting on me

Vignolo, A., Sciutti, A., & Michael, J. (2020, November). Using Robot Adaptivity to Support Learning in Child-Robot Interaction. In International Conference on Social Robotics (pp. 428-439). Springer, Cham.

Ooi, J., Michael, J., Lemola, S., Siew, C. S. Q., Butterfill, S., & Walasek, L. (2020) . Interpersonal Functioning in Borderline Personality Disorder Traits: A Social Media PerspectiveNature: Scientific Reports9(10), 1068.


Clarke, S., McEllin, L., Francová, A., Székely, M., Butterfill, S. A., & Michael, J. (2019). Joint action goals reduce visuomotor interference effects from a partner’s incongruent actionsNature: Scientific Reports9(1), 1-9.

Michael, J., Gutoreva, A., Lee, H. M., Tan, P. N., Bruce, E. M., Székely, M., … Ludvig, E. A. (2019) Decision-makers use social information to update their preferences—but choose for others as they do for themselves, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 1-16. DOI: 10.1002/bdm.2163

Székely, M., Powell, H., Vannucci, F., Rea, F., Sciutti, A., & Michael, J. (2019). The Perception of a Robot Partner’s Effort Elicits a Sense of Commitment to Human-Robot Interaction. Interaction Studies, 20(2), 234-255.

Liang, Y., Wolf, T., Török, G., & Székely, M., & Michael, J. (2019, May 9). Comparing effort perception in individual and joint action contexts.DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/B7STN

Green, A., McEllin, L., & Michael, J. (2019). Does Sensorimotor Communication Stabilize Commitment in Joint Action?Comment on “The body talks: Sensorimotor communication and its brain and kinematic signatures” by G. Pezzulo et al. Physics of Life Reviews,DOI: 10.1016/j.plrev.2019.01.009

Bonalumi, F., Isella, M., & Michael, J. (2019). Cueing implicit commitment, Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 1-20

Michael, J & Szigeti A. (2019) The Group Knobe Effect Evidence that People Intuitively Attribute Agency and Responsibility to GroupsPhilosophical Explorations, 22(1), 44-61.

Vignolo, A., Sciutti, A., Rea, F. & Michael, J (2019 ), Spatiotemporal Coordination Supports a Sense of Commitment in Human-Robot Interaction. In: Salichs M. et al. (eds) Social Robotics. ICSR 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11876. Springer, Cham

Ooi, J., Francóva, A., Székely, M., & Michael, J (2019). The Sense of commitment in individuals with borderline personality disorder traits in a non-clinical population, Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9: 519. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00519

Vignolo, A., Powell, H., McEllin, L., Rea, F., Sciutti, A., & Michael, J. (2019).   An adaptive robot teacher boosts a human partner’s learning performance in joint action. In 2019 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) (pp. 1-7). IEEE.

Powell, H. & Michael, J. (2019). Feeling committed to a robot: Why, what, when and how?Philosophical Transactions B374(1771), 20180039.


Bing, R. & Michael, J. (2018). Overcoming The Uncanny Valley Through Shared Stressful Experience with a Humanoid Robot. Journal of Emerging Investigators

Chennells, M & Michael, J (2018). Effort and performance in a cooperative activity are boosted by the perception of a partner’s effort, Nature: Scientific Reports (2018)8:15692 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-34096-1

de Bruin, L. & Michael (2018) Prediction Error Minimization as a Framework for Social Cognition ResearchErkenntnis pp. 1-20.

Michael, J., & Székely, M. (2018). The developmental origins of commitmentJournal of Social Philosophy49(1), 106-123.

Michael, J., Székely, M., & Christensen, W. (2018) Using episodic memory to gauge implicit and/or indeterminate social commitments. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X1700142X

Michael, J., Wolf, T., Letesson, C., Butterfill, S., Skewes, J., & Hohwy, J. (2018). Seeing it both ways: Using a double-cuing task to investigate the role of spatial cuing in Level-1 visual perspective-taking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance44(5), 693.

Nagatsu, M, Larsen, L, Karabegovic, M, Székely, M,  Mønster, D. & Michael, J. (2018) Making good cider out of bad apples — Signaling expectations boosts cooperation among would-be free riders, Judgment and Decision Making 13 (1), 137-149

Székely, M., & Michael, J. (2018). Investing in commitment: Persistence in a joint action is enhanced by the perception of a partner’s effort. Cognition174, 37-42.


de Bruin, L., & Michael, J. (2017).Prediction error minimization: Implications for Embodied Cognition and the Extended Mind Hypothesis. Brain and Cognition. 112, 58-63

Hohwy, J., Michael, J. (2017). Why should any body have a self? In: The Subject’s matter: Self-consciousness and the body. Vignemont, F., Alsmith, A. (eds.). MIT Press

Michael, J., & Székely, M. (2017). Goal slippage: a mechanism for spontaneous instrumental helping in infancy?Topoi, 1-11.

Michael, J., & Salice, A. (2017). The Sense of Commitment in Human–Robot Interaction.International Journal of Social Robotics, 1-9.9 (5), 755-763

Salice, A., & Michael, J. (2017). Joint commitments and group identification in human-robot interaction. In Sociality and Normativity for Robots (pp. 179-199). Springer, Cham.


Christensen, W., & Michael, J. (2016). From two systems to a multi-systems architecture for mindreadingNew Ideas in Psychology, 40, 48-64

Lowe, R., Almer, A., Lindblad, G., Gander, P., Michael, J., & Vesper, C. (2016). On the role of cognitive-affective states in joint action. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 10, 88.

Michael, J. (2016). What Are Shared Emotions (for)? Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 412.

Michael, J. & Christensen, W. (2016). Flexible goal attribution in early mindreadingPsychological Review, 123(2), 219-227

Michael, J, Sebanz, N, & Knoblich G., (2016), Observing Joint Action: Coordination Creates CommitmentCognition 157, pp 106-113.

Michael, J., Sebanz, N., & Knoblich, G. (2016). The sense of commitment: a minimal approachFrontiers in psychology6.


Michael, J.  and Pacherie, E. (2015) On Commitments and other uncertainty reduction tools in joint actionJournal of Social Ontology, 1(1), 89-120.