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YCSC Grand Rounds: New Frontiers in Synchrony Research – Flexible Multimodal Synchrony and the Human Group Context

Yale Child Study Center

Session Description

Acting as one continuously is not always the optimal state, due to an intrinsic tension between individualistic and synergistic forms of action that exist in many social situations. A novel theory of flexible multimodal synchrony highlights context as a key component that defines “pulls” toward connection and “pulls” toward segregation inherent to the social situation. Trait-like individual differences and relationship variables modulate the effects of these contextual motivations. Context, individual differences, and relationship variables provide the backdrop to the emergence of flexible and dynamical synchrony patterns, in several modalities– behavioral, physiological, and neural. There are several types of consequences of multimodal synchrony patterns: Self-oriented, social-oriented and goal-oriented outcomes.

In this talk, the speaker will provide several empirical proofs-of-concept of the theory and provide guidelines and ideas for future synchrony research. The next frontier in interpersonal synchrony research - studying human groups - will also be presented. The learning objectives for this session are to:

  1. Learn of recent advances and gaps in biobehavioral synchrony research
  2. Understand the principles of the flexible multimodal synchronization theory
  3. Explore a new frontier in synchrony research: the human group context

This will be a hybrid session, held live and in person from the Cohen Auditorium and simulcast via Zoom.

Continuing Education

The 2023-2024 YCSC Grand Rounds series has been approved for eligibility for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. Yale School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Individual event designation details are provided at applicable live events.

This program has been approved for one Continuing Education Credit Hour by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapist, Professional Counselor, and Licensed Psychologist Licensure renewal. Additional information will be provided at the live event.


  • Department of Psychology, Gonda Brain Research Center; Bar-Ilan University

    Ilanit Gordon, PhD
    Director of the Social Neuroscience Lab



Host Organization




Grand Rounds
May 20247Tuesday