Atesh Koul

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Atesh obtained his degree in Biotechnology from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Durgapur, India in 2009. He joined the “National Brain Research Centre, India” in 2010 where he worked on a project on understanding numerical representation in bilingual population. Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate degree at the Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, and he is working on understanding how intentions are inferred from human movements. Understanding others’ mental states and intentions is an important component of social cognition. His interests are in investigating neural mechanisms of the ability to extract intention information from movements.


Research Interests

Motor cognition
Action observation
Neural mechanisms underlying intention


Selected Publications


Cavallo, A., Koul, A., Ansuini, C., Capozzi, F., Becchio, C. (2016)
Decoding intentions from movement kinematics.
Scientific reports, Nov 15;6:37036. doi: 10.1038/srep37036.

Koul, A., Cavallo, A., Ansuini, C., Becchio C. (2016)
Doing it your way: how individual movement styles affect action prediction.
PLoS One, Oct 25;11(10):e0165297. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165297.

Ansuini, C., Cavallo, A., Campus, C., Quarona, D., Koul A., Becchio C. (2016)
Are we real when we fake? Attunement to object weight in natural and pantomimed grasping movements.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 471, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00471

Ansuini*, C., Cavallo*, A., Koul, A., D’Ausilio, A., Taverna, L., & Becchio, C. (2016).
Grasping others’ movements: rapid discrimination of objects size from observed hand movements.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(7), 918-29.
doi: 10.1037/xhp0000169.


Ansuini C., Cavallo A., Koul A., Jacono M., Yang Y., & Becchio C. (2015).
Predicting object size from hand kinematics: a temporal perspective.
PLoS One, 10(3), e0120432 1. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120432.


Koul A., Tyagi V., & Singh NC. (2014).
Notational usage modulates attention networks in binumerates.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8:326. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00326.


Oral and/or Poster Presentations in Scientific Meetings

Ansuini, C., Podda, J., Cavallo, A., Koul, A., Pintaudi, M., Battaglia, F., Veneselli, E., Becchio, C. (May 2017).
Reading intention in action: the case of autism spectrum disorder.
International Meeting for Autism Research – IMFAR 2017, San Francisco, USA.

Koul, A., Cavallo, A., Ansuini, C., Becchio C. (2016).
Doing it your way: How individual movement styles affect action prediction.
Aegina Summer School 2017, Social cognition: From interactions to intersubjectivity, Greece.

Koul, A., Cavallo, A., Ansuini, C., Becchio C. (2016).
Doing it your way: How individual movement styles affect action prediction.
Oxford Autumn School in Cognitive Neuroscience, UK.

Coninx, S.*, Koul, A.*, Newen, A.* & Reh J.* (2015)
Theories of understanding others: Theory-Theory, Simulation, Interaction theories.
Autumn School – The Sensorimotor Foundations of Social Cognition, Boltenhagen, Germany (To appear as an article in scholarpedia). (* equal contribution.)

Koul A., (2015) Individual movement styles influence intention detection.
International Workshop on Cognitive Development for Friendly Robots and Rehabilitation, Italy.

Koul, A.*, Tyagi, V.*, Singh, N. C., (2013)
Neural correlates of number processing in Hindu-Arabic bi-numerates.
19th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Seattle, USA. (* equal contribution.)

Koul, A.*, Tyagi, V.*, Singh, N. C., (2012)
Brain Networks for number comparison in typical Hindi-English bilinguals reveal a cross-proficiency.
Biennial meeting of World Federation of Neurology, Research Group on Aphasia and Cognitive Disorders, Hyderabad, India. (* equal contribution)