Moritz Franz Nikolaus Wurm

Corso Bettini, 31 - 38068 Rovereto
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moritz.wurm[at]unitn [dot] it
Area CUN: Scienze storiche, filosofiche, pedagogiche e psicologiche (11)
Settore scientifico disciplinare: PSICOBIOLOGIA E PSICOLOGIA FISIOLOGICA (M-PSI/02)

Formazione

11/2011

Ph.D. in Psychology (Doctor rerum naturalium), Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne; Department of Psychology, University of Münster, Germany (magna cum laude). Thesis title: "Contextual modulation of action perception" (Advisor: Ricarda I. Schubotz)

 

10/2007

M.Sc. (Diplom) in Biology (grade 1.0), Department of Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Cologne, Germany. Thesis title: "The role of the polycistronic gene milles-pattes in Drosophila melanogaster" (Advisor: Diethard Tautz)

Carriera accademica ed attività didattica

04/2017 – present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, Italy (Faculty Advisor: Alfonso Caramazza)

 

10/2015 – 03/2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (awarded by the German Research Foundation), Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA (02/2016-07/2016) and Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, Italy (Faculty Advisor: Alfonso Caramazza)

 

12/2011 – 09/2015

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, Italy (Faculty Advisor: Angelika Lingnau)

 

04/2008 – 11/2011

Ph.D. Student, Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne, Germany (Faculty Advisor: Ricarda I. Schubotz)

 

01/2007 – 10/2007

M.Sc. Student (Diplom), Department of Evolutionary Developmental Biology, University of Cologne, Germany (Faculty Advisor: Diethard Tautz)

 

05/2006 – 04/2008

Research Assistant, Department of Developmental Genetics, University of Cologne, Germany (Faculty Advisor: Maria Leptin)

 

01/2004 – 12/2004

Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Biology, University of Cologne, Germany

 

07/2003 – 12/2003

Student Assistant, Department of Botany, University of Cologne, Germany (Faculty Advisor: Michael Melkonian)

Interessi di ricerca

Action recognition

Conceptual knowledge

fMRI

MVPA

Attività di ricerca

Main Research Projects

2016 - 2019

fMRI studies on action concepts and categories; investigate the neural organization of different action categories (e.g. object manipulation, communication, etc) and their conceptual components (e.g. Wurm et al., JNS, 2017; Wurm & Caramazza, Nat Comm, 2019).

 

2011 - 2016

fMRI studies on action recognition and representation; identify which regions in the brain encode perceptual and more general representations of observed actions (e.g. Wurm & Lingnau, JNS, 2015; Wurm et al., CerCor, 2016).

 

2008 - 2011

fMRI, behavioral, and developmental studies on contextual modulation of action recognition; investigate how the perception and understanding of actions is influenced by contextual information (e.g. in which scenes an action takes place, who is carrying out an action, etc; (e.g. Wurm & Schubotz, NeuroImage, 2012; Wurm et al. HBM, 2011; Wurm et al., BBR, 2014; Wurm & Schubotz, Psych Bull Rev, 2017).

Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici

Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)

Premi e riconoscimenti

DFG Research Fellowship (WU 767/1-1), 10/2014 – 03/2017

Abstract award: Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects – Functional and neural perspectives (8th Edition), Rovereto, Italy, May 2014

Convegni e conferenze

Talks

Wurm, M. F. New insights into the neural representation of action knowledge. Technical University Munich, Germany, October 2018.

Wurm, M. F. New insights into the neural representation of action knowledge. Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN), UCL, London, UK, January 2018.

Wurm, M. F., Caramazza, A., Lingnau, A. The representational organization of action event knowledge along features of sociality and transitivity. Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development (BCCCD), Budapest, Hungary, January 2018.

Wurm, M. F. The neural representation of action knowledge. CNRS, Lyon, France, November 2017.

Wurm, M. F. Transforming object features into action affordances. German Research Foundation (DFG) priority program meeting Tool choosing and tool using, Cologne, Germany, July 2017.

Wurm, M. F. Decoding concrete and abstract action representations – an fMRI-based MVPA approach. Belgian Association for Psychological Science (BAPS), Brussels, Belgium, May 2015.

Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. Decoding action concepts at different levels of abstraction – an MVPA fMRI study (abstract award talk). Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects (CAOs) – Functional and neural perspectives (8th edition), Rovereto, Italy, May 2014.

Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. Decoding action concepts at different levels of abstraction – an MVPA study. 56th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, Gießen, Germany, April 2014.

Wurm, M. F., Woitscheck, C., Giuliani D., Schubotz, R. I. Influence of spatial context on action recognition from toddlerhood to middle childhood. 54th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, Mannheim, Germany, April 2012.

Wurm, M. F. Nonmotor inputs to action recognition. Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, Mattarello, Italy, May 2011.

Wurm, M. F., Schubotz, R. I. Contextual information provided by domestic settings modulates action recognition. 53th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, Halle, Germany, March 2011.

 

Abstracts in Conference Proceedings

Wurm, M. F.*, Vannuscorps G.*, Striem-Amit, E., Caramazza A. (2017). The neural correlates of hand and foot action recognition in individuals born without upper limbs. Journal of Vision 17 (10), p. 988. *equal contribution.

El-Sourani, N., Trempler, I. C., Wurm, M. F., Fink, G. R., Schubotz, R. I. (2017). Making sense of objects lying about: How contextual objects shape brain activity during action observation.

Ariani, G., Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. (2014). Decoding free-choice movement selection during motor planning. Journal of Neuroscience (Supplement).

Wurm, M. F., Hrkać, M., Schubotz., R. I. (2014). Embedding actions into episodes: benefits and costs detected with fMRI. In:  Güntürkün, O. (Ed.). Abstracts of the 49th Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Lengerich: Pabst Science Publisher, p. 451.

Wurm, M. F., Schubotz., R. I. (2014). Rooms imply actions – behavioral and fMRI evidence for contextual modulation of action observation. In:  Güntürkün, O. (Ed.). Abstracts of the 49th Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Lengerich: Pabst Science Publisher, p. 451.

Woitscheck, C., Wurm, M. F., Giuliani, D., Schubotz, R. I. (2014). Cooking in the kitchen: room-action coupling informas action recognition in 4-8 year old children. In:  Güntürkün, O. (Ed.). Abstracts of the 49th Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Lengerich: Pabst Science Publisher, p. 451.

Schubotz, R. I., Wurm, M. F., Wittmann, M. K., & von Cramon, D. Y. (2014). Objects tell us what action we can expect: Using fMRI to dissociate retrieval and exploitation of action knowledge in action observation. In:  Güntürkün, O. (Ed.). Abstracts of the 49th Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Lengerich: Pabst Science Publisher, p. 450.

Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. (2014). Decoding action concepts at different levels of abstraction – an MVPA fMRI study. NeuroImage (Supplement), p. 261.

Ariani, G., Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. (2014). Decoding free-choice movement selection during motor planning. NeuroImage (Supplement), p. 227.

Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. (2014). Decoding action concepts at different levels of abstraction – an MVPA fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (Supplement), p. 62.

Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. (2014). Decoding action concepts at different levels of abstraction. In:  Schütz, A., Drewing, K., Gegenfurtner, K. (Eds.). Abstracts of the 56th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, Lengerich: Pabst Science Publisher, p. 289.

Ariani, G., Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. (2014). Decoding free-choice movement selection during motor planning. In:  Schütz, A., Drewing, K., Gegenfurtner, K. (Eds.). Abstracts of the 56th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, Lengerich: Pabst Science Publisher, p. 15.

El-Sourani, N., Wurm, M. F., Kluger, D., Schubotz, R. I. (2014). The role of contextual objects in action recognition. In:  Schütz, A., Drewing, K., Gegenfurtner, K. (Eds.). Abstracts of the 56th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, Lengerich: Pabst Science Publisher, p. 62.

Wurm, M. F., Petris, S., Ariani, G., Greenlee, M. W., Lingnau, A. (2013). Decoding actions across objects. Journal of Neuroscience (Supplement).

Hrkać, M., Wurm, M. F., Kühn, A. B., Schubotz, R. I. (2013). Making sense of subsequent action: neural signatures of spontaneous interpretation. In:  Ansorge, U., Kirchler, E., Lamm, C., Leder, H. (Eds.). Abstracts of the 55th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, Lengerich: Pabst Science Publisher, p. 365.

Hrkać, M., Wurm, M. F., Kühn, A. B., Schubotz, R. I. (2012). Making sense of subsequent action: frontal signatures of spontaneous interpretation. Neuroimage (Supplement), p. 171.

Wurm, M. F., Schubotz., R. I. (2012). The role of the temporoparietal cortex (TPJ) in action perception. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 24 (Supplement), p. 198.

Wurm, M. F., Woitscheck, C., Giuliani D., Schubotz, R. I. (2012). Influence of spatial context on action recognition from toddlerhood to middle childhood. In: Broeder, A., Erdfelder, E.,Hilbig, B.E., Meiser, T., Pohl, R., Stahlberg, D. (Eds.). Abstracts of the 54th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, Lengerich: Pabst Science Publisher, p. 145.

Wurm, M. F., Schubotz, R. I. (2011). Contextual settings modulate action recognition: behavioral and functional imaging evidence. Basal Ganglia, vol: 1, issue: 2, pp. 111-112.

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. (2011) Context frames provided by domestic settings modulate action recognition: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 23 (Supplement), p. 53.

Hrkać, M., Wurm, M. F., Morikawa, Y., Schubotz, R. I. (2011). Merging acts to episodes: what is more important, consistency of the actor ort he presence of overarching goals? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 23 (Supplement), p. 44

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. (2011). Brushing teeth in the kitchen: How context frames provided by domestic settings modulate the recognition of actions – an fMRI study. In: Bittrich, K., Blankenberger, S., Lukas, J. (Eds.). Beiträge zur 53. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen, Lengerich: Pabst Science Publisher, p. 198.

Hrkać, M., Wurm, M. F., Morikawa, Y., Schubotz, R. I. (2011). Was ist wichtiger für das Verstehen einer Episode, Kohärenz der Person oder Handlungsziel? Neuronale Korrelate der Kohärenzbildung bei Handlungsbeobachtung. In: Bittrich, K., Blankenberger, S., Lukas, J. (Eds.). Beiträge zur 53. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen, Lengerich: Pabst Science Publisher, p. 236.

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. (2010) Observing actions from allocentric perspectives triggers reflections about mental states. An fMRI study. In: Frings, C., Mecklinger, A., Wentura, D., Zimmer, H. (Eds.). Beiträge zur 52. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen, Lengerich: Pabst Science Publisher, p. 306.

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. (2010) Dealing with Actions or Dealing with Actors? From Motor Simulation to Theory of Mind. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 22 (Supplement), p. 188.

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. (2010) Minding Minds during Minding Minds' Actions. An fMRI Study. Human Brain Mapping 22 (Supplement), p. 1495.

 

Poster Presentations

Wurm, M. F.*, Vannuscorps G.*, Striem-Amit, E., Caramazza A. The neural correlates of hand and foot action recognition in individuals born without upper limbs. Vision Science Society 17th Annual Meeting, St Pete Beach, FL, USA, May 2017. *equal contribution.

El-Sourani, N., Trempler, I. C., Wurm, M. F., Fink, G. R., Schubotz, R. I. I spy with my little eye: How contextual objects shape brain activity during action observation. Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects (CAOs) – Functional and neural perspectives (11th edition), Rovereto, Italy, May 2017.

El-Sourani, N., Trempler, I. C., Wurm, M. F., Fink, G. R., Schubotz, R. I. Making sense of objects lying about: How contextual objects shape brain activity during action observation. 24th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, USA, April 2017

Tucciarelli, R., Wurm, M. F., Roth, Z., Zohary, E., Lingnau, A. Dissociating action states and functions - an fMRI-MVPA study. CUBIC Workshop, London, UK, June 2016.

Wurm, M. F., Caramazza, A. Decomposing the neural compontents of social actions.  Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects (CAOs) – Functional and neural perspectives (10th edition), Rovereto, Italy, May 2016.

Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. Decoding action concepts from distinct categories – an MVPA study.  Poster presented at Social Cognition 2015, Bangor, UK, August 2015.

Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. Decoding action concepts from distinct categories – an MVPA study.  Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects (CAOs) – Functional and neural perspectives (9th edition), Rovereto, Italy, May 2015.

Tucciarelli, R., Wurm, M. F., Roth, Z., Zohary, E., Lingnau, A. Dissociating action states and functions – an MVPA study.  Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects (CAOs) – Functional and neural perspectives (9th edition), Rovereto, Italy, May 2015.

Wurm, M. F., Hrkać, M., Schubotz, R. I. (2014). Embedding actions into episodes: benefits and costs detected with fMRI. 49. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Bochum, Germany, September 2014.

Wurm, M. F., Schubotz, R. I. (2014). Rooms imply actions – behavioral and fMRI evidence for contextual modulation of action observation. 49. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Bochum, Germany, September 2014.

Woitscheck, C., Wurm, M. F., Giuliani, D., Schubotz, R. I. (2014). Cooking in the kitchen: room-action coupling informas action recognition in 4-8 year old children. 49. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Bochum, Germany, September 2014.

Schubotz, R. I., Wurm, M. F., Wittmann, M. K., von Cramon, D. Y. (2014). Objects tell us what action we can expect: Using fMRI to dissociate retrieval and exploitation of action knowledge in action observation. 49. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Bochum, Germany, September 2014.

Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. Decoding action concepts at different levels of abstraction – an MVPA fMRI study. 20th Annual Meeting of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping, Hamburg, Germany, June 2014.

Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. Decoding action concepts at different levels of abstraction – an MVPA fMRI study (abstract award). Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects (CAOs) – Functional and neural perspectives (8th edition), Rovereto, Italy, May 2014.

Ariani, G., Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. (2014). Decoding free-choice movement selection during motor planning. 20th Annual Meeting of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping, Hamburg, Germany, June 2014.

Ariani, G., Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. (2014). Decoding free-choice movement selection during motor planning (abstract award). Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects (CAOs) – Functional and neural perspectives (8th edition), Rovereto, Italy, May 2014.

Wurm, M. F., Lingnau, A. Decoding action concepts at different levels of abstraction – an MVPA fMRI study. 21th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, USA, April 2014.

Wurm, M. F., Petris, S., Ariani, G., Greenlee, M. W., Lingnau, A. Decoding actions across objects. Poster presented at Neuroscience (SfN), San Diego, USA, November 2013.

Wurm, M. F., Petris, S., Ariani, G., Greenlee, M. W., Lingnau, A. Decoding actions across objects. 3rd IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School, Leipzig, Germany, July 2013.

Hrkać, M., Wurm, M. F., Kühn, A. B., Schubotz, R. I. Adding up subsequent actions: neural correlates of spontaneous interpretation. Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects (CAOs) – Functional and neural perspectives (7th edition), Rovereto, Italy, May 2013.

Wurm, M. F., Petris, S., Ariani, G., Greenlee, M. W., Lingnau, A. Decoding actions across objects. Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects (CAOs) – Functional and neural perspectives (7th edition), Rovereto, Italy, May 2013.

Hrkać, M., Wurm, M. F., Kühn, A. B., Schubotz, R. I. Making sense of subsequent action: neural signatures of spontaneous interpretation. 55th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, Vienna, Austria, March 2013.

Hrkać, M., Wurm, M. F., Kühn, A. B., Schubotz, R. I. Making sense of subsequent action: neural signatures of spontaneous interpretation. Poster presented at NeuroVisionen 8, Aachen, Germany, October 2012.

Hrkać, M., Wurm, M. F., Kühn, A. B., Schubotz, R. I. Making sense of subsequent action: frontal signatures of spontaneous interpretation. 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping, Beijing, China, June 2012.

Wurm, M. F., Schubotz, R. I. Taking the actor’s perspective: The role of the temporoparietal cortex (TPJ) in action perception. Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects (CAOs) – Functional and neural perspectives (6th edition), Rovereto, Italy, May, 2012.

Wurm, M. F., Schubotz, R. I. The role of the temporoparietal cortex (TPJ) in action perception. 19th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Chicago, USA, April 2012.

Hrkać, M., Wurm, M. F., Morikawa, Y. Schubotz, R. I. Merging acts to episodes: What are the neural correlates of episodic embedding of oserved actions? Poster presented at Donders Discussions, Nijmegen, Netherlands, October 2011.

Wurm, M. F., Schubotz, R. I. Contextual settings modulate action recognition: behavioral and functional imaging evidence. International Symposium of the Clinical Research Group 219, Cologne, Germany. May 2011.

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. Context frames provided by domestic settings modulate action recognition: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study. 18th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, USA, April 2011.

Hrkać, M., Wurm, M. F., Morikawa, Y., Schubotz, R. I. Merging acts to episodes: what is more important, consistency of the actor or the presence of overarching goals? 18th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, USA, April 2011.

Hrkać, M., Wurm, M. F., Morikawa, Y., Schubotz, R. I. Was ist wichtiger für das Verstehen einer Episode, Kohärenz der Person oder Handlungsziel? Neuronale Korrelate der Kohärenzbildung bei Handlungsbeobachtung. 53th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, Halle, Germany, March 2011.

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. Actions Implied by Domestic Settings: The Influence of Spatial Context on Action Recognition. Poster presented at Anticipatory Behavior in Adaptive Learning Systems (ABiALS) – Spatial Representations and Dynamic Interactions, ZiF Bielefeld, Germany, February 2011.

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. Considering Mental States during Action Observation: The Intriguing Role of the Third Person Perspective uncovered by fMRI. Poster presented at Neurovisionen 6, Bochum, Germany, September 2011.

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. Minding Minds during Minding Minds' Actions. An fMRI Study. 16th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Barcelona, Spain, June 2010.

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. Dealing with Actions or Dealing with Actors? From Motor Simulation to Theory of Mind. 17th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Montreal, Canada, April 2010.

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. Observing actions from allocentric perspectives triggers reflections about mental states. An fMRI study. 52th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, Saarbrücken, Germany, March 2010.

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. Observing Actions vs. Observing Actors: Where Motor Simulation meets Theory of Mind. Third Vogt-Brodmann Symposium, Jülich, Germany, December 2009.

Wurm, M. F., von Cramon, D. Y., Schubotz, R. I. Dealing with Actions or Dealing with Actors? From Motor Simulation to Theory of Mind. Poster presented at Donders Discussions, Nijmegen, Netherlands, October 2009.

Altre attività

Ad hoc Reviewer for Brain Topography, Cerebral Cortex, Experimental Brain Research, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers in Perception Science, Human Brain Mapping, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, NeuroImage, NeuroImage: Clinical, Neuropsychologia, Neuroscience Letters, PLoS One, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Science, Scientific Reports

Reviewer for Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation)

Symposium organization (“Action perception and action understanding: Developmental perspectives”) at the 54th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, Mannheim, Germany, April 2012

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