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Interactive Brains, Social Minds

In everyday life, people often need to coordinate their actions with each other. Common examples are walking with someone at a set pace, playing collective sports, dancing, playing music in a duet or group, as well as a wide range of social bonding behaviors, such as gaze coordination between mother and infant or between partners. Despite the undisputed developmental and social significance of these interpersonally coordinated behaviors, little, if anything, is known about their real-time dynamics and about the brain mechanisms that support them. This project investigates lifespan changes in behavioral and neuronal mechanisms that permit individuals to coordinate their behavior with each other in time and space.

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Recent Publications

Müller, V., Anokhin, A. P., & Lindenberger, U. (2017). Genetic influences on phase synchrony of brain oscillations supporting response inhibition. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 115, 125–132. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2016.06.001

Courtiol, J., Perdikis, D., Petkoski, S., Müller, V., Huys, R., Sleimen-Malkoun, R., & Jirsa, V. K. (2016). The multiscale entropy: Guidelines for use and interpretation in brain signal analysis. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 273, 175–190. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth. 2016.09.004

Müller, V., Perdikis, D., von Oertzen, T., Sleimen-Malkoun, R., Jirsa, V., & U., L. (2016). Structure and topology dynamics of hyper-frequency networks during rest and auditory oddball performance. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 10: 108. doi: 10.3389/ fncom.2016.00108

Szymanski, C., Pesquita, A., Brennan, A. A., Perdikis, D., ... Brick, T. R., ... Müller, V., & Lindenberger, U. (2017). Teams on the same wavelength perform better: Inter-brain phase synchronization constitutes a neural substrate for social facilitation. NeuroImage, 152, 425–436. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.03.013

Key References

Müller, V., & Lindenberger, U. (2011). Cardiac and respiratory patterns synchronize between persons during choir singing. PLoS One, 6: e24893. doi: 10.1371/ journal.pone.0024893

Müller, V., & Lindenberger, U. (2014). Hyper-brain networks support romantic kissing in humans. PLoS ONE, 9(11): e112080. doi: 10.1371/journal. pone.0112080

Müller, V., Sänger, J., & Lindenberger, U. (2013). Intra- and inter-brain synchronization during musical improvisation on the guitar. PLoS ONE, 8: e73852. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone. 0073852

Sänger, J., Müller, V., & Lindenberger, U. (2012). Intra- and interbrain synchronization and network properties when playing guitar in duets. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6: 312. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00312