Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Seikkula, Jaakko
Organisation JY
Project title Relational mind in events of change in multiactor therapeutic dialogues
Decision No. 265492
Decision date 13.12.2012
Funding period 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2016
Funding 760 089
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
The Relational Mind project focused on processes of embodied synchronization, the aim being in deepening our understanding about body language in couple therapy. By focusing on similar, simultaneous physiological responses and nonverbal behaviors, such as gestures, movements, postures and prosody, we wanted to study how attunement between participants happens, and whether this attunement is related to process and outcome of therapy. There exists significant synchrony in participantsí sympathetic nervous system during the sessions. In successful therapies, this synchrony increased between couples during the therapy process. Body movements and postures were noticed to be important in how interpersonal bonds emerged. Important events of emotional sharing and therapeutic change often happened in silent moments of the session, highlighting the importance of body language. Results deepen our understanding about healing mechanisms of therapy and are widely applicable.