Analysing coordination in human behaviour - a dynamical system’s approach

Level

PhD students of the Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Life Sciences and Medicine

Organising & Scientific Committe

  • Prof. Dr. Peter Feys, , Hasselt University, BIOMED - REVAL Rehabilitation Research Institute
  • Prof. Dr. Kurt Barbé, , Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Dept. of Mathematics

Topic and theme

This specialist course will focus on research involving analysis of human coordination and interaction processes. This relates to different forms of coordination, including interpersonal coordination, coordination of motor and physiological processes, and human coordination to external sensory stimuli. Often, these forms of coordination are characterized by time-dependent change, variability, transitions and nonlinearities, leading to time-series data that is complex, irregular, and non-stationary. Conventional (linear) methods then fall short in capturing these dynamical aspects. The aim of this specialist course is to introduce doctoral students with concepts and analysis methods from the field of dynamical systems theory enabling the analysis of coordination dynamics. In particular, the course will focus on recurrence-based methods (e.g., recurrence quantification analysis, RQA) as means to objectively quantify dynamical patterns of coordination. This course is relevant for many domains of research in which human coordination and interaction is relevant, including music research, arts, sports, rehabilitation, psychology, communication, etc. The aim of this course is threefold. First, we aim to raise participants’ awareness of the usefulness and, sometimes necessity, of a dynamical systems approach to data analysis. Second, we want to provide knowledge on the basic theories and concepts underlying the dynamical systems approach. Third, we want participants to learn practical skills so they become able to perform basic time-series analyses (with a focus on recurrence-based methods). Thereby, input of students and interaction with students is of utmost importance.

Lecturers

Prof. Dr. Alexander Demos, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA, , www.alexanderdemos.org

Dr. Moreno Coco, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, , www.morenococo.org

Dates and Venue

Date: April 5-7, 2017
Location: Course room IPEM, room number 27.10.090.600, Technicum, block 2, floor -1, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, 9000 Gent

Tentative programme

April 5, 2017
17:00-19:00 Introduction session: Theory and basic concepts of the dynamical systems theory in relation to human coordination (a lecturer is yet to be chosen)


April 6, 2017
08:30 – 10:00 Lecture session (Prof. Dr. Alexander Demos)
Coffee break
10:15 – 12:15 Reading and discussion session (2 parallel sessions)
Lunch
13:00 – 16:00 Hands-on session (Prof. Dr. Alexander Demos)
Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 Interaction students – lecturers


April 7, 2017
08:30 – 10:00 Lecture session (Dr. Moreno Coco)
Coffee break
10:15 – 12:15 Reading and discussion session (2 parallel sessions)
Lunch
13:00 – 16:00 Hands-on session (Dr. Moreno Coco)
Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 Interaction students – lecturers

Study and reading material

A reader will be made available

Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Ghent University Doctoral Schools

Registration and Information

By e-mail to Dr. Pieter-Jan Maes 
Ghent University, Dept. of Art, Music and Theatre Sciences, IPEM

Number of participants

Maximum 30

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% active participation in all sessions