Daten zum Projekt

IMPACT - IMproving Patterns of social interACTion

Initiative: European Platform
Bewilligung: 04.12.2014
Laufzeit: 3 Jahre


Social interactions are the most fundamental aspect of humanity. Success in most human endeavors relies on finding good decisions together - on integrating own intentions and the expected or unexpected behavior of others. These social interactions appear to be effortless for some people while others face insurmountable difficulties. This project aims to understand which cognitive and neural processes underlie the ability to engage in functional social interactions in order to identify the best ways to improve this ability. The project studies the relationship of social interactions, individual behavior and underlying neural processes in dynamic open ended sequences by combining the strengths of three disciplines - performing arts, psychology, and neuroscience. It uses a format from improvisational theater providing open-ended, but clearly defined interactions between two actors. This format is combined with psychological methods of observation and computational modeling, mobile electroencephalography (EEG), and interventions from improvisational training. This interdisciplinary approach allows gaining insights into the individual mechanisms and neural processes underlying satisfying social interactions and, second, to identify efficient interventions targeting these processes for improvement.


  • Dr. Martin Bleichner

    Universität Oldenburg
    Fakultät für Medizin und Gesundheitswissenschaften
    Department für Psychologie
    Abt. Neuropsychologie

  • Dr. Stefan Scherbaum, M.Sc.

    Technische Universität Dresden
    Fakultät Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften
    Institut für Allgemeine Psychologie,
    Biopsychologie und Methoden der

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