20th Herbstakademie Freiburg 2019: Synchronization in Embodied Interaction

It is part of the series of Herbstakademie meetings dedicated to the topic of complex systems in psychology, social sciences and the humanities. The conference will take place in the spring of next year (February 28 – March 2, 2019). It will be hosted by the University of Freiburg, Germany, and supported by the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) (https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/en/funding-programmes/foci/synchronization-in-embodied-interaction).

Information on the upcoming and on previous meetings of the Herbstakademie community is provided here: http://www.upd.unibe.ch/research/symposien.html.

It will address theoretical and applied questions of synchrony in embodied social interaction:

  • What is the role of the body in social interaction and mental processes?
  • In conversations, how are verbal and nonverbal interaction related?
  • Can the phenomenon of synchrony elucidate psychotherapy process?
  • How can practitioners incorporate principles of embodiment into their work?


  • Thiemo Breyer
    Philosophische Fakultät, Universität Köln
  • Thomas Fuchs
    Klinik für Allgemeine Psychiatrie, Universität Heidelberg
  • Hermann Haken
    Synergetics and Systems Theory, Universität Stuttgart
  • Hedda Lausberg
    Neurology, Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychiatry, Universität Köln
  • Johannes Michalak
    Department für Psychologie und Psychotherapie
    Universität Witten/Herdecke
  • Lorenza Mondada
    Department of Languages and Literatures, Universität Basel
  • Federico Rossano
    Cognitive Sciences, University of California, San Diego
    (to be confirmed)

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