The Sense of Commitment is an ERC funded project investigating our sense of commitment in everyday social interactions. We ask how and when people make commitments, honour them, and rely on others to honour theirs.

To address these questions, we combine theoretical research conducted at the University of Warwick’s Department of Philosophy with carefully designed lab experiments carried out in Warwick’s Department of Psychology and at the Department of Cognitive Science at the Central European University in Budapest.

In collaboration with the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, we have applied our insights, helping to develop autonomous robots that participate in commitments with humans (e.g. in senior citizens’ homes, factory work and rescue operations). By focusing on joint actions involving pairs of agents, our research helps illuminate the fundamental mechanisms underlying large-scale human social phenomena.