Coordination Dynamics

A Research Section of the
Department of Human Movement Sciences
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Our students

explore fundamental and applied topics in movement coordination and their neural correlates

We study

behavioral coordination patterns and the accompanying neural activity by combining kinematic and electrophysiological assessments

We provide

innovative technological advances to bring our fundamental research to every-day application

Our modeling

seeks to deepen our understanding of emerging coordination patterns and their neural underpinnings

Our mission

is to understand how patterns of coordinated movement develop, persist, and change.

Complex Systems

Biological and non-biological complex systems consist of many interacting parts, providing the capacity of spontaneous pattern formation and self-organization.

Dynamical Systems

The development of coherent macroscopic patterns is of great strategic and theoretical importance. It allows for studying the corresponding low-dimensional dynamics.

Coordination Dynamics

Origins of coordination may be reconciled by showing how meaningful information originates from self-organizing processes.

The scientific challenge

is to integrate behavioral and neural synchronization patterns under biophysical constraints and accommodating environmental factors.
Synchronization, biophysical constraints, and environmental factors are three key elements for movement coordination
Synchronization dynamics is a primary vehicle to transport information in the living system
Synchronization dynamics has to comply with physiological and anatomical constraints
Environmental and psychological factors shape the way synchronization is manifested
The mathematics of complex dynamical systems allows for integrating the three key elements
Understanding all three elements in unison opens opportunities for technological advances

Leading Research Themes

Stability of Movement

Dynamical (in-)stability is key for the emergence of movement patterns.

Neural Underpinnings

Biophysics and (neuro-)physiology constrain movement.

Mathematical Modeling

Proper modeling helps to predict movement in a formal way.

Development & Aging

Altered physiological constraints change our movement repertoire.

Environmental Interactions

Environmental changes can yield qualitative changes in movement.

Technology in Motion

State-of-the-art technology can facilitate movement.

Transfer in Teaching



Coordination Dynamics enters in several courses throughout the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Research Master’s programs in Human Movement Sciences.



We provide intensive training opportunities via Bachelor, Master, and Research Master research internships.

Insights into our Research

Self Organization in Coordination Dynamics

Research Themes

We investigate coordinated activity in macroscopic movements and their neurophysiological underpinnings.

Student Projects

Student Projects

All student projects are closely linked to our fundamental and applied research.

Research Networks

Research Networks

Intensive co-operation and intellectual exchange with outstanding researchers worldwide do constantly improve our research results.


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