Research at MI3

Social interactions have a profound impact on how we perceive and think, yet the precise mechanisms underlying these transformations remain elusive. The Munich Interactive Intelligence Initiative (MI3) unites diverse research groups and expertise to delve into how interactivity operates in our brains and minds

By unravelling the neural, computational and cognitive processes occurring during social interactions, our multidisciplinary approach offers new insights into questions shared by philosophers and social scientists, and relevant to policy-making and design. Our three research areas focus on:

Interactive perception

Does perception work similarly when we perceive things alone or together? What role do shared experiences play in our epistemic lives, and is it something that only humans do? Can we combine the benefits of direct experience and testimonial information into an augmented interaction to help with sensory deficits or improve learning?

Interactive decisions

How does group interaction modulate core features of decision-making? What are the benefits of small group interactions? Can deliberation extend to hybrid contexts, where we offload part of the decision to AI?

Interactions science-society

What happens when we need to explore unknown tracks or find new ways of formulating questions and problems? Failing and exploring are core aspects of individual learning, but how do they work for groups? Should we rethink research, education and science communication to speak to communities, rather than individuals?

The collaborative power of research groups

Drawing on the collective strength of diverse research groups, MI3 fosters collaboration to measure and comprehend the transformative potential of social interactivity. By bridging gaps between theory, behaviour, brain and computational modelling, we aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of the cognitive and emotional impact of social engagement.

Advancing interactivity for a better tomorrow

MI3’s research findings directly inform the development of policy, evolving technologies and societies. Our goal is to maintain and enhance interactivity in ways that foster inclusivity, benevolence, and ethical practices. By understanding the profound influence of social interactions, we inform charities, public institutions and industries, both in Europe and internationally, to shape a future that prioritises meaningful and enriching human connections.

How does this work?

MI3 is built around state-of-the art experimental facilities and expertise, and a collaborative space that hosts researchers, seminars and events.

It runs and hosts research projects that are:


Our goal is to understand interactions at the scales of minds and brains to explain emergent social phenomena.


We combine theoretical approaches from philosophy, behavioural methods from social sciences and psychology, neural and computational methods from neuroscience and computer sciences.

Responsible and inclusive

We follow the open science principles, but we also do more to widen the reach of our research into society. We work with policy-makers, the cultural and communication sector, higher education institutions, and companies to share and gain knowledge

Interdisciplinary Research Lab from Munich (LMU)

Interdisciplinary Research Lab from Munich (LMU)


Through its member labs, MI3 is connected to the Faculty of Psychology, the Faculty of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, as well as the Munich Centre for Neuroscience and the Munich Centre for Machine Learning.

MI3 operates as a community of research and interests. It aims to bring research to a human scale with a more agile, open and integrative approach to problems. It receives inputs from its members as well as its advisory and collaborative board.

Funding for current projects hosted across our member labs comes from the Volkswagen Foundation, the European Innovation Research Council, the European Research Council, the NOMIS Foundation, the Templeton Trust, the DFG, the DAAD, the Vaccine Confidence Fund, and the Bavarian Institute for Digital Transformation. Our core funding comes from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Collaborative research institutes include: University College London, School of Advanced Study at the University of London, New York University, INSERM in Paris, Institut Jean Nicod, University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Delft, University of Pisa, Buenos Aires University Di Tella, Bristol University, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin Humboldt University, University of Rome III, University of Madrid, University of Grenada, University of Lisbon, the Peace Research Institute in Oslo.