Research groupRythm and Synchronization
R&S reveals the building blocks underlying human synchronisation (i) between agents, (ii) between music and movement, (iii) between our senses. In the three cases, we work hard to uncover generic action-perception synergies and neuronal networks that are foundational properties of synchronisation. In all cases, a common modelling and experimental approach is proposed, using tools from non-linear dynamics, ecological psychology, cognitive neurosciences, and multisensory psychophysics. In all cases, the consequences for health and wellness are addressed, with specific evaluation studies conducted on healthy athletes and on patients suffering from rhythmic synchronisation disorders, on the neurological and sensori-motor side (Parkinson, Stroke), or on the socio-cognitive side (autism and schizophrenia), including with artificial agents (avatars and robots). Technological architectures are developed that allow on line manipulation of synchronisation in order to accelerate learning and rehabilitation.
Our studies are supported by European research grants ALTEREGO (FP7 2013-2016), BEAT-HEALTH (FP7 2013-2016), and VIRTUAL-MOVE (FEDER 2016-2019), national research grants ANR DIRAC (2013-2016), RALP (2016-2019), and IKKY-SEFA COSENSE (2015-2018), IUF research grants to B. Bardy (senior 2013-2017) et to S. Dalla Bella (junior 2013-2017).
2 Professors, 1 Associate Professor
2 Medical doctors, tenured-track
3 post-doctoral researchers
6 doctoral students
2 associate researchers
4 technical facilities
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Université de Montpellier
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