Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Art and Science of Connecting: Interpersonal Neuroscience in Dance, Music, and Cinema

online course
when 10 January 2022 - 14 January 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 800

This online course aims to provide students with knowledge into the state-of-the-art in interpersonal neuroscience, basic research skills and tools for developing applications of interpersonal neuroscience for artistic contexts.
The emerging field of interpersonal neuroscience has developed powerful and innovative methods, like hyper scanning (collecting brain activity from multiple people simultaneously), motion tracking, and mobile physiological measurements. These methods allow researchers and artists to explore the dynamic interplay between the brains and bodies of people while they either experience or create art together, such as dance, music, or cinema.
In this online course, we will explore the emerging field of interpersonal neuroscience in live artistic contexts through interactive interdisciplinary lectures, group discussions, and hands-on activities.

Course leader

This course is offered by the Amsterdam Emotion Regulation Lab at VU Amsterdam and its main course lecturers are Dr. Suzanne Dikker, Prof. Dr. Sander L. Koole and Dr. Tom F. Wilderjans.

Target group

Primarily PhD candidates, master students and professionals in (social) psychology, (social-cognitive and cognitive) neuroscience. Interested participants from other, related, backgrounds are also welcome, such as linguistics, engineering, and interaction technology. Advanced Bachelor students (Honors students) who intend to write their thesis about the topic are welcome as well. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please contact us:

Course aim

This winter course aims to provide students with:

a) knowledge into the state-of-the-art in interpersonal neuroscience; b) basic research skills for designing, conducting, and analyzing interpersonal neuroscience studies; and c) tools for developing applications of interpersonal neuroscience for artistic contexts. These general aims are translated into more specific learning objectives:

Knowledge Objectives
1) Learning about the main theoretical perspectives of interpersonal neuroscience as they apply to music, dance, and cinema.
2) Learning about the state-of-the-art research in interpersonal neuroscience. This includes brain-to-brain coupling, interpersonal physiological, interpersonal movement dynamics, and linguistic alignment.
3) Learning about the emerging field of interpersonal neuroscience in artistic contexts.
4) Learning how to integrate insights from these theoretical perspectives and research findings.

Research Skills Objectives
1) Learning the basics of EEG hyperscanning, interpersonal cardio-assessment, and interpersonal movement dynamics.
2) Learning how these techniques may be applied to study music, dance, and cinema.
3) Learning the basics principles of the statistical analysis of the data that is generated by interpersonal neuroscience paradigms.

Application Objectives
1) Learning how to apply interpersonal neuroscience in music, dance, and cinema.
2) Learning how to set up art/science collaborations.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact hours: 25

Fee info

EUR 800: Fees
- Students and PhD Students: €600
- Professionals: €800
- Students, PhD students and employees at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC: €500
Applications received before the 1st of October (Early Bird Discount) receive €50 discount!

The tuition fee includes:
- Application and registration
- Exclusive course content for a limited number of students
- Individual/group guidance from course organiser
- Access to all online VU facilities such as the library and online learning environments
- A certificate of attendance after completing the course
- A transcript of records mentioning the grade and the obtained ECTS
- Full support of the winter school team
- Optional online social activity


VU Graduate Winter School offers several scholarships. More information can be found on the website.

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