For a reliable application of the NEUROGES® system for the analysis of body movements and gestures in research, it is recommended to take part in the NEUROGES® training. The training is offered once a year in Cologne, once a year at a different external location, and as distance training.

To become a certified NEUROGES® rater, successful participation in the training and exam is required. The NEUROGES® certificate is registered as trademark by the European Union Intellectual Property Office and it can only be acquired in trainings and exams conducted by Professor Lausberg and her team. Following the accreditation of the University of Zurich, for a NEUROGES® Training seminar a credit of 2 ECTS points can be applied for at other universities. 

Three seminars are offered that can be booked independently of each other.

1. Understanding body movement in interaction - The analysis of kinesic behaviour with NEUROGES®-ELAN

 The analysis of body motion in interaction remains a methodological challenge in gesture and multi-modal interaction research. While Birdwhistell’s original approach of kinesic recording (1952) was based on the identification of kines as isolated units of body motion, the method presented in this seminar operates with more complex phenomenological classes of body movements identified on neuropsychological grounds, as a reflection of mental processes. The NEUROGES Kinesic Behavior Analysis is an objective and reliable system for the analysis of body movements displayed in interaction. Up to now, it has been applied for the analysis of hand movements and gestures in more than 500 individuals from different cultures of five continents, including healthy individuals as well as individuals with brain damage and with mental illness. A recent review of empirical studies using NEUROGES® in combination with ELAN demonstrates a good reliability of the system.

In addition to the theoretical introduction to nonverbal behaviour analysis (among others dealing with behaviour segmentation, operationalization of body movement types and registration of body movement laterality), the seminar includes practical sessions with self-experience exercises and training of kinesic behaviour coding with NEUROGES®-ELAN (www.neuroges-bast.info). Furthermore, recent empirical data on kinesic behaviour and nonverbal interaction are presented. Participants can acquire a NEUROGES® rater certificate for NEUROGES® Kinesic Behavior Analysis after successful exam.

2. Gesture and Action Analysis with NEUROGES®-ELAN

The challenge to analyse gestures that accompany speech has yielded numerous gesture coding systems that are each tailored and suitable for different research approaches. However, the question of the objectivity and reliability of the coding system often remains unaddressed. The NEUROGES® Gesture and Action Analysis is an objective and reliable system for the analysis of speech-accompanying body movements and gestures. Up to now, it has been applied for the analysis of hand movements and gestures in more than 500 individuals from different cultures of five continents, including healthy individuals as well as individuals with brain damage and with mental illness. A recent review of empirical studies using NEUROGES® in combination with ELAN demonstrates a good reliability of the system.

In this seminar, we present an Efron (1941) inspired approach to the analysis of gesture and action based on the visual appearance of the movement. Since neuropsychological research provides evidence that some gesture types are generated in the right hemisphere independent from left-hemispheric speech production, and phenomenologically, the existence of gesture - speech mismatches has been demonstrated, NEUROGES® offers the methodological approach to first analyze gestures as a means of expression per se, i.e., to analyze the mental image behind the gesture. Participants can acquire a NEUROGES® rater certificate for NEUROGES® Gesture and Action Analysis after successful exam.

3. Research Methodology in Gesture and Nonverbal Interaction Studies

The seminar responds to the demand for a methodological training tailored for gesture and nonverbal interaction research. Given two recent surveys on methodological knowledge in gesture and nonverbal interaction researchers, it addresses recurrent methodological questions in the field. Important topics such as study design and experimental setting, consent forms, observer training, pseudo-randomized coding schedules, reliability assessment, registration of body movement laterality, methods of interaction analysis for the detection of mirroring and turn-taking, and subject-appropriate measures and statistical methods are dealt with. The seminar suggests interdisciplinary basic methodology for gesture and nonverbal interaction research that suits the specific requirements of the analysis of gesture and body movement as visible temporo-spatial phenomena.

  • Distance training

    For those who cannot attend the regular training or organize an external training, we offer distance training. The distance training package includes: NEUROGES® coding manual, NEUROGES® book with theoretical background and guide to applying NEUROGES® in empirical research, podcast seminars of the NEUROGES® training, NEUROGES®-ELAN template, interactive learning CD with video examples for each movement and gesture type, NEUROGES®-ELAN training movies with correct solutions, online exam and feed-back, NEUROGES® certificate (after successful participation in the exam).

  • Training at external locations

    On request a training can also be conducted at other locations and other times, if, for a example, a group of researchers needs to be trained for a specific research project. The fee depends on the number of lectures and the number of participants who have to be examined and certified and it includes the costs for travelling and accommodation for the lecturer(s).

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