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Guillaume Dumas & Suzanne Dikker

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Title: Inter-brain synchronization as a marker of human social cognition in interactive contexts

Authors: Guillaume Dumas & Suzanne Dikker

Progress in neuroimaging has allowed social neuroscientists to simultaneously capture the brain activity of multiple persons as they engage in real-time social interactions. Findings from such ‘hyperscanning’ studies have suggested that the extent to which neural activity becomes coupled between individuals, in a dyad or group, is indicative of a range of socially relevant factors, including personality traits as well as interpersonal factors such as the relationship between interlocutors and the ‘communicative success’ of an interaction. Our work ranges from careful laboratory studies to naturalistic real-world group investigations, from simulations and virtual agents to real-life dancers, and includes a range of (non)clinical populations. We layout how these different approaches may (or may not) help us characterize the neurocognitive processes that give rise to inter-brain coupling, and discuss the history, hopes, and hypes of hyperscanning research.


Guillaume Dumas is an interdisciplinary researcher combining cognitive neuroscience and systems biology to study human cognition across biological, behavioral, and social scales. He is an Assistant Professor in Computational Psychiatry of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montréal and the Director of the Precision Psychiatry and Social Physiology laboratory in the CHU Sainte-Justine research center. He holds the IVADO Chair in "AI and Mental Health", the FRQS J1 grant in "AI and Digital Health", and is an affiliated academic member of Mila – Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute. His team studies the neurobehavioral mechanisms of social cognition and develops new approaches to psychiatry, from digital tools for assessment and rehabilitation to mathematical modelling for clinical decision-making and precision medicine.

Suzanne Dikker’s work merges cognitive neuroscience, performance art and education. She uses a ‘crowdsourcing’ neuroscience approach to bring human brain and behavior research out of the lab, into real-world, everyday situations, with the goal to characterize the brain basis of dynamic human social communication. As a senior research scientist at the Max Planck — NYU Center for Language, Music and Emotion (CLaME), affiliate research scientist at the Department of Clinical Psychology at the Free University Amsterdam, and member of the art/science collective OOSTRIK + DIKKER, Suzanne leads various research projects, including MindHive, a citizen science platform that supports community-based initiatives and student-teacher-scientist partnerships for human brain and behavior research.


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