Department Center for Neurophysiological Research on Self-Regulation and Regulation

About Us

Laboratories

EEG Laboratory

Under construction. Expected start-up November/December 2021.

Psychomotor lab

Under construction. Expected start-up September/October 2021

Eye tracking lab

Under construction. Expected start-up September/October 2021

Interaction lab

In everyday life, we are constantly interacting with other people. We talk to each other and we give body signals. In those situations, processes always take place that are directed at the regulation of our own cognitive, motivational, and emotional states (self-regulation) and those that relate to the regulation of corresponding states in our counterpart (co-regulation). Our research interest is to better understand these self- and other-regulatory processes during social interactions between two people (dyads).

We are particularly interested in interactions in close personal relationships. On the one hand, this applies to exchange processes between family members (e.g., in couples, among siblings, or in parent-child dyads), because these can give us important clues about the emergence, development, and transmission of patterns of self- and co-regulation across the lifespan. On the other hand, we investigate patterns of interaction between mentally vulnerable or ill people and their relatives or therapists, as these allow us to draw conclusions about possible causes and effects of mental disorders as well as potential repair mechanisms.

In order to investigate interaction patterns in close personal relationships, we look at interaction processes at different levels of measurement. Depending on the research question, we collect physiological (heart rate, skin conductance, muscle activity), neurophysiological (brain activity - electroencephalogram; EEG), biological (hormones) and behavioral parameters (video analysis), among others, in the interaction laboratory. Among other things, we use the innovative method of hyperscanning, the simultaneous recording of (neuro-) physiological parameters in more than one person. In hyperscanning, social interactions between two or more people and the resulting interpersonal dynamics on the above mentioned levels can thus be recorded in a unique way. For example, we can find out whether the rhythmic brain activities of two people adapt to each other during an interaction, i.e. whether the two interaction partners are "on the same wavelength". These adaptation processes of neural rhythms in communicative situations could support successful social interactions, e.g., the interpersonal coordination of parent-child interactions in learning situations

Two subjects in the interaction laboratory during an EEG hyperscanning session.