Max Cappuccio

Research Associate
School of Engineering and Information Technology


Room 370-71, Building 21
The University of New South Wales, Canberra
Campbell ACT 2612, Australia


Massimiliano (Max) Cappuccio is Deputy director of the Values in Defense and Security Technology group. He also holds a secondary affiliation with UAE University, the national university of the United Arab Emirates, where he had been Associate professor of Cognitive science and director of the Cog Sci Lab (August 2011 - December 2018). His research in embodied cognitive science and social cognition theory attempts to combine enactive and extended approaches to the mind. As a cognitive philosopher, his research on cognitive processes and intelligent systems is interdisciplinary and aims to integrate phenomenological analyses, empirical experimentation, and synthetic modelling. His early work has focused on mirror neurons theory, joint attention and deictic pointing, the frame problem of artificial intelligence, and the philosophical foundations of computationalism. During his career he has produced more than a hundred original scientific contributions, including papers in journals, book chapters, collective volumes, special issues of journals, and papers presented at international conferences. He conducts an intense activity as organizer of academic events, including interdisciplinary workshops, research seminar series, and international conferences (like the TEMPER workshop on Training, Enhancement, and Military Performance at ADFA, and the annual Joint UAE Symposium on Social Robotics in Abu Dhabi).


Cappuccio M, 2005, Alan Turing: l'uomo, la macchina, l'enigma. Per una genealogia dell'incomputabile, I, Alboversorio / Mimesis, Italy

Book Chapters

Cappuccio M; Gray R; Hill D; Mesagno C; Carr T, 2019, 'The Many Threats of Self-Consciousness: Embodied Approaches to Choking Under Pressure in Sensorimotor Skills', in Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology, The MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 101 - 156,

Cappuccio M, 2019, 'Introduction', in Cappuccio M (ed.), Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology, edn. I, The MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. xv - xxxv,

Madan CR; MacIntyre TE; Beckmann J; Cappuccio M, 2019, 'The cognitive neuroscience of nature: from motor cognition to grounded cognition', in Donnelly AA; MacIntyre TE (ed.), Physical Activity in Natural Settings Green and Blue Exercise, edn. 1, Routledge, pp. 115 - 137

Cappuccio M, 2017, 'Flow, Choke, Skill: the role of the non-conscious in sport performance', in Radman Z (ed.), Before Consciousness. In Search of the Fundamentals of Mind, edn. 1, Imprint Academic, Exeter, UK, pp. 246 - 284

Cappuccio M, 2015, 'The Seminal Speculation of a Precursor: Elements of Embodied Cognition and Situated AI in Alan Turing', in Müller V (ed.), Fundamental Issues of Artificial Intelligence, edn. 1, Synthese Library, Netherlands, pp. 479 - 496,

Cappuccio M; Froese T, 2014, 'Introduction', in Cappuccio M; Froese T (ed.), Enactive Cognition at the Edge of Sense-Making. Making Sense of Non-Sense, edn. I, Springer, New York City, pp. 1 - 35,

Cappuccio M; Shepherd S, 2013, 'Pointing Hand: Joint Attention and Embodied Symbols', in Radman Z (ed.), The Hand, An Organ of the Mind. What the Manual Tells the Mental, edn. I, The MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 303 - 326,

Shepherd S; Cappuccio M, 2012, 'Sociality, Attention, and the Mind's Eyes', in Seemann A (ed.), Joint Attention: New Developments in Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, and Social Neuroscience, edn. I, Cambridge MA, pp. 431 - 459,

Cappuccio M; Wheeler M, 2012, 'Ground-level Intelligence: Action-Oriented Representation and Dynamics of the Background', in Radman Z (ed.), Knowing without Thinking. Mind, Action, Cognition and the Phenomenon of the Background, edn. I, Palgrave Macmillan, The United Kingdon,

Cappuccio M; Wheeler M, 2010, 'When the Twain Meet: Could the Study of Mind be a Meeting of Minds?', in Reynolds J; Chase J; Mares E; Williams J (ed.), On the Futures of Philosophy: Post- Analytic and Meta-Continental Thinking, edn. I, Continuum, USA, pp. 125 - 142,

Cappuccio M, 2010, 'Mirror Neurons and Skilful Coping: Motor Intentionality Between Sensorimotor and Ideo-Motor Schemata in Goal-Directed Actions', in Maldonato M; Pietrobon R (ed.), Research on Scientific Research. A Transdisciplinary Study, edn. I, Sussex Academic Press, the United Kingdom, pp. 59 - 99,

Journal articles

Cappuccio ML; Peeters A; McDonald W, 2019, 'Sympathy for Dolores: Moral Consideration for Robots Based on Virtue and Recognition', Philosophy & Technology, pp. 1 - 23,

Cappuccio ML, 2017, 'Mind-upload. The ultimate challenge to the embodied mind theory', Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, vol. 16, pp. 425 - 448,

Cappuccio ML, 2015, 'Introduction: when embodied cognition and sport psychology team-up', Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, vol. 14, pp. 213 - 225,

Cappuccio ML, 2014, 'Inference or familiarity? The embodied roots of social cognition', Synthesis Philosophica, vol. 29, pp. 253 - 272

Cappuccio M, 2014, 'Phenomenology and cognitive science. The reasons and the ways of their integration, with the discussion of two possible objections', RETI SAPERI LINGUAGGI-ITALIAN JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE SCIENCES, vol. 1, pp. 341 - 369,

Cappuccio M; Chu M; Kita S, 2013, 'Pointing as an Instrumental Gesture: Gaze representation through indication', Humanamente. Journal of philosophical studies, vol. 6,

Cappuccio M; Wheeler M, 2011, 'The Sign of the Hand. Symbolic Practices and the Extended Mind', Versus. Quaderni di Studi Semiotici, vol. 112-112, pp. 33 - 55,

Cappuccio M, 2009, 'Constructing the Space of Action: From Bio-Robotics to Mirror Neurons', World Futures, vol. 65, pp. 126 - 132,

Cappuccio M, 2008, 'Empatia e neuroni specchio. Dalle neuroscienze cognitive alla Quinta Meditazione cartesiana', Rivista di estetica, pp. 43 - 65,

Cappuccio M, 2008, 'Idee in Azione. I Neuroni Specchio e l’Intenzionalità', Psicomotricità. Terapia, Prevenzione, Formazione, vol. 12, pp. 7 - 14,

Cappuccio ML, 2003, 'Traces of a computational mind', Revue de Synthèse, vol. 124, pp. 43 - 59,

Conference Papers

Alnajjar FS; Renawi AM; Cappuccio M; Mubain O, 2019, 'A low-cost autonomous attention assessment system for robot intervention with autistic children', in IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON, pp. 787 - 792, presented at ,

Alahbabi M; Almazroei F; Almarzoqi M; Almeheri A; Alkabi M; Nuaimi AA; Cappuccio M; Alnajjar F, 2017, 'Avatar based interaction therapy: A potential therapeutic approach for children with Autism', in 2017 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017, pp. 480 - 484, presented at ,

Cappuccio ML, 2016, 'Autonomous artificial agents, ethical decision, and the frame problem', in AISB Annual Convention 2016, AISB 2016, presented at

Conference Proceedings (Editor of)

Cappuccio M, (ed.), 2015, 'Unreflective Action and the Choking Effect - Special issue of Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences', in , Springer, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE, presented at First International Conference on Sport Psychology and Embodied Cognition, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE, 24 - 27 February 2014,

Edited Books

Cappuccio M, (ed.), 2019, Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology, MIT Press, Cambridge MA,

Cappuccio M; Froese T, (eds.), 2014, Enactive Cognition at the Edge of Sense-Making. Making Sense of Non-Sense, 1, Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom,

Cappuccio M, (ed.), 2006, Neurofenomenologia. Le scienze della mente e la sfida dell’esperienza cosciente, I, Bruno Mondadori / Pearson, Italy,