Dr Guido Orgs

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email g.orgs (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 896 2719
Dr Guido Orgs


I studied both performing dance (BA at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, Germany) and Psychology (BSc/MSc at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany). After completion of my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience on the neural correlates of sound meaning, I joined German Dance Company NEUER TANZ/VA WÖLFL as a full-time performer. Since 2009, I have lived and worked in London, as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, Action & Body Group, Prof Patrick Haggard and as Lecturer in Psychology at Brunel University, London. I joined the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths in 2015.

In my research, I study how we perceive and understand other people’s actions and how the brain mechanisms of movement perception underlie the aesthetics of dance and the performing arts.
I am also programme director of the MSc in Psychology of the Arts, Neuroaesthetics and Creativity here at Goldsmiths and scientist in residence at advertising agency adam&eveDDB.

Grants and Awards

Guido has received external grant funding from the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

At the intersection of the Arts and the Sciences, Guido regularly organises and participates in public engagement events aimed at fostering collaboration across dance, performance and neuroscience. Events took place for example at the Barbican, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, the Ashmolean Museum and Modern Art Oxford. Collaborators include Matthias Sperling, Siobhan Davies Dance, the Scottish Ensemble and NEUER TANZ/VA WÖLFL. I also provide consulting services for advertising and market research, working with adamandeveDDB and Flamingo.


Research Interests

Guido’s main themes of research relate to the cognitive neuroscience of dance and the performing arts

• Cognitive neuroscience of dance and the performing arts
• Neuroaesthetics of dance and the performing arts
• Synchrony and joint action
• Action perception
• Body perception
• Visual and motor expertise
• Time Perception
• Dance Therapy


Book Section

Orgs, Guido; Calvo-Merino, Beatriz and Cross, Emily S.. 2018. Knowing dance or knowing how to dance? Sources of expertise in aesthetic appreciation of human movement. In: Bettina Bläsing; Martin Puttke and Thomas Schack, eds. The Neurocognition of Dance: Mind, Movement and Motor Skills. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 238-257. ISBN 9781138847866

Orgs, Guido; Caspersen, Dana and Haggard, Patrick. 2016. You Move, I Watch, It Matters: Aesthetic Communication in Dance. In: Sukhvinder S Obhi and Emily S. Cross, eds. Shared Representations: Sensorimotor foundations of social life. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 627-653. ISBN 9781107279353


Orgs, Guido; Vicary, Staci and Howlin, Claire. 2020. Audiovisual aesthetics of sound and movement in contemporary dance. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 38(2), pp. 191-211. ISSN 0276-2374

Millman, L.S.M.; Terhune, Devin Blair; Hunter, Elaine and Orgs, Guido. 2020. Towards a neurocognitive approach to Dance Movement Therapy for mental health: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, ISSN 1063-3995

von Zimmermann, Jorina; Vicary, Staci; Sperling, Matthias; Orgs, Guido and Richardson, Daniel C.. 2018. The choreography of group affiliation. Topics in Cognitive Science, 10(1), pp. 80-94. ISSN 1756-8757

Howlin, Claire; Orgs, Guido and Vicary, Staci. 2017. The Impact of Soundtrack Congruency on the Aesthetic Experience of Contemporary Dance: Exploring Aesthetic Interaction in Terms of Arousal and Enjoyment Ratings in Three Audio Settings. Proceedings of the 25th Anniversary Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, pp. 91-95.

Bigliassi, Marcelo; Karageorghis, Costas I.; Wright, Michael J.; Orgs, Guido and Nowicky, Alexander V.. 2017. Effects of auditory stimuli on electrical activity in the brain during cycle ergometry. Physiology & Behavior, 177, pp. 135-147. ISSN 0031-9384

Vicary, Staci; Sperling, Matthias; von Zimmermann, Jorina; Richardson, Daniel C. and Orgs, Guido. 2017. Joint action aesthetics. PLoS ONE, 12(7), e0180101. ISSN 1932-6203

Bigliassi, Marcelo; Karageorghis, Costas I.; Nowicky, Alexander V.; Wright, Michael J. and Orgs, Guido. 2017. Effects of auditory distraction on voluntary movements: exploring the underlying mechanisms associated with parallel processing. Psychological Research, ISSN 0340-0727

Bigliassi, Marcelo; Karagheorgis, Costas; Nowicky, Alexander; Orgs, Guido and Wright, Michael. 2016. Cerebral Mechanisms Underlying the Effects of Music during a Fatiguing Isometric Ankle-Dorsiflexion Task. Psychophysiology, 54(10), pp. 1472-1483. ISSN 0048-5772

Orgs, Guido; Dovern, Anna; Hagura, Nobuhiro; Haggard, Patrick; Fink, Gereon R and Weiss, Peter H. 2016. Constructing Visual Perception of Body Movement with the Motor Cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 26(1), pp. 440-9. ISSN 1460-2199

Orgs, Guido; Hagura, Nobuhiro and Haggard, Patrick. 2013. Learning to like it: aesthetic perception of bodies, movements and choreographic structure. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(2), pp. 603-12. ISSN 1053-8100

Orgs, Guido; Kirsch, Louise and Haggard, Patrick. 2013. Time perception during apparent biological motion reflects subjective speed of movement, not objective rate of visual stimulation. Experimental Brain Research, 227(2), pp. 223-9. ISSN 0014-4819

Hagura, Nobuhiro; Kanai, Ryota; Orgs, Guido and Haggard, Patrick. 2012. Ready steady slow: action preparation slows the subjective passage of time. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 279(1746), pp. 4399-4406. ISSN 1471-2954

Orgs, Guido; Bestmann, Sven; Schuur, Friederike and Haggard, Patrick. 2011. From body form to biological motion: the apparent velocity of human movement biases subjective time. Psychological Science, 22(6), pp. 712-717. ISSN 0956-7976

Orgs, Guido and Haggard, Patrick. 2011. Temporal binding during apparent movement of the human body. Visual Cognition, 19(7), pp. 833-845. ISSN 1350-6285

Calvo-Merino, B; Urgesi, C; Orgs, Guido; Aglioti, S M and Haggard, P. 2010. Extrastriate body area underlies aesthetic evaluation of body stimuli. Experimental Brain Research, 204(3), pp. 447-456. ISSN 0014-4819

Orgs, Guido; Dombrowski, Jan-Henryk; Heil, Martin and Jansen-Osmann, Petra. 2008. Expertise in dance modulates alpha/beta event-related desynchronization during action observation. European Journal of Neuroscience, 27(12), pp. 3380-3384. ISSN 0953-816X

Orgs, Guido; Lange, Kathrin; Dombrowski, Jan-Henryk and Heil, Martin. 2008. N400-effects to task-irrelevant environmental sounds: further evidence for obligatory conceptual processing. Neuroscience Letters, 436(2), pp. 133-7. ISSN 0304-3940

Orgs, Guido; Lange, Kathrin; Dombrowski, Jan-Henryk and Heil, Martin. 2007. Is conceptual priming for environmental sounds obligatory? International Journal of Psychophysiology, 65(2), pp. 162-6. ISSN 0167-8760

Orgs, Guido; Lange, Kathrin; Dombrowski, Jan-Henryk and Heil, Martin. 2006. Conceptual priming for environmental sounds and words: an ERP study. Brain and Cognition, 62(3), pp. 267-272. ISSN 0278-2626

Mayr, Susanne; Niedeggen, Michael; Buchner, Axel and Orgs, Guido. 2006. The Level of Reaction Time Determines the ERP Correlates of Auditory Negative Priming. Journal of Psychophysiology, 20(3), pp. 186-194. ISSN 0269-8803

Conference or Workshop Item

Ward, Jamie A; Richardson, Daniel C.; Orgs, Guido; Hunter, Kelly and Hamilton, Antonia. 2018. 'Sensing Interpersonal Synchrony between Actors and Autistic Children in Theatre Using Wrist-worn Accelerometers'. In: International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC). Singapore, Singapore 8-12 October 2018.

Hänsel, Katrin; Katevas, Kleomenis; Orgs, Guido; Richardson, Daniel C.; Alomainy, Akram and Haddadi, Hamed. 2018. 'The potential of wearable technology for monitoring social interactions based on interpersonal synchrony'. In: Wearable Systems, 2018. Munich, Germany 10 June 2018.

Orgs, Guido; Richardson, Daniel C. and Sperling, Matthias. 2016. 'Dance/Neuroscience Public Engagement Events'. In: Dance Neuroscience public engagement events. Siobhan Davies Studio, United Kingdom.


Orgs, Guido and UNSPECIFIED. 2017. Why audiences like dancing best when it stops.


Monroy-Agamez, Ernesto; Imada, Toshie; Sagiv, Noam and Orgs, Guido. 2020. Dance across cultures: Joint action aesthetics in Japan and the UK.

Orgs, Guido. 2017. Joint Action Aesthetics Dataset.


Sperling, Matthias and Orgs, Guido. 2016. Now that we know - Performance and Lecture. In: "Now that we know", Wellcome Collection, United Kingdom.

Hill Project, Dog Kennel and Orgs, Guido. 2016. Our True Feelings. In: "Our true feelings", Ashmolean Museum Oxford, United Kingdom.

Professional Activity

Orgs, Guido. 2017. Flamingo x DDB: Turning Uncertainty into Advantage.

Orgs, Guido. 2016. APG Noisy Thinking - Why did we stop thinking beyond next week?.

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