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Interdisciplinary Colloquium - Focus Group: Synchronization in Embodied Interaction

Focus Group Synchronisation in Embodied Interaction (missing: PI Stefan Pfänder)Research Focus 2017/18: Synchronization in Embodied Interaction
Prof. Dr. Hermann Herlinghaus
Prof. Dr. Carl Eduard Scheidt
Prof. Dr. Claas Lahmann
Prof. Dr. Stefan Pfänder (not in the picture)

Final Report
When May 13, 2019
from 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, seminar room
Contact Name
Attendees Universitätsoffen / open to university members
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Final Report: FRIAS Research Focus 2017/18 Synchronization in Embodied Interaction

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 conducted an interdisciplinary investigation into aspects of synchronization that enabled us to produce a sustainable, competitive body of preliminary work for an interdisciplinary grant application. This puts Freiburg University on the map of the rapidly evolving research paradigm of embodied interaction.

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