How to measuring brain synchrony during real-world collaborations

Prof Denis Mareschal (primary)
Psychological Science
Birkbeck College
Prof. Ilias Tachtsidis (secondary)
Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
University College London


As social species, we have evolved to work collaboratively in order to solve problems of mutual interest. Collaborative problem solving is something that emerges in humans over the first 5 years of life. This project explores how cross-individual synchronisation of brain, known to appear during collaborative social interactions in adults, emerges in the preschool years and what role this synchonisation plays in young children’s emerging collaborative problem solving. The crux of the project is to develop novel analytic tools (using both existing General Linear Model and new AI methods) and child friendly study protocols to meet the challenges of exploring behavioural and neural synchrony in free roaming children of different ages.


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