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Psychology, Psychotherapy and Neuroscience

FRIAS research focus "Synchronization in Embodied Interaction"

Prof. Dr. Hermann Herlinghaus (University of Freiburg); Prof. Dr. Claas Lahmann (University of Freiburg); Prof. Dr. Stefan Pfänder (University of Freiburg); Prof. Dr. Carl Eduard Scheidt (University of Freiburg)

In embodied interaction, participants achieve resonance by drawing on a variety of embodied resources that include but are not limited to body sway, gestures, gaze, and speech. A large variety of resonance phenomena can be empirically identified and operationalized in terms of the synchronization of bodily movements that are temporally attuned both across interactants and across the different modes of expression of an individual. Our research questions are contextualized within the broader perspective of research in interaction, with a focus on pragmatic aspects of communication. Drawing from the fields of linguistics, psychology, and cultural studies, we will conduct an interdisciplinary investigation into aspects of synchronization that enables us to produce a sustainable, competitive body of preliminary work for an interdisciplinary grant application. This will put Freiburg University on the map of the rapidly evolving research paradigm of embodied interaction.


FRIAS project group "Sustainable Self-Optimization as a Human Core Competence in the 21st Centurary"

Prof. Dr. Matthias Nückles; Prof. Dr. Albert Gollhofer; Prof. Dr. Markus Heinrichs; Prof. Dr. Andrea Kiesel; PD Dr. Sebastian Schwenzfeuer; Prof. Dr. Markus Tauschek (all from the University of Freiburg)

Self-optimization implies the regulation of one´s behavior and of the human body, aiming to make them effective, efficient, and enduring.  Self-optimization can be regarded es a human core competentce. This project group will take initial steps towards reflecting theories of sustainable self-optimization. To this end, fundamental concepts and processes will be discussed. Empirical findings about the mechanisms of selfoptimization will be used to systematize intra- and inter-individual variability with regards to self-optimization abilities in the skills area. We will focus on different aspects of self-optimization with regards to performance, health/well-being and social skills for different life phases and groups of individuals. We will further investigate self-optimization as a governmental tool that serves very different ends (e.g. improving the individual life) and that is specifically  shaped by ideologies and economic, psychological etc. theories of the global north.