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I study complex dynamics of motor-related neural systems and its formal and conceptual assessment in terms of nonlinear dynamics and non-equilibrium statistics. Research activities cover spatio-temporal aspects of neural synchronization for information transfer during perceptual-motor tasks.

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Coordination Dynamics | IBBA, Research Institute MOVE


Over the years, I appropriated various methods for the analysis of multivariate signals for kinematic, electromyographic and encephalographic data. For example, I developed methods for the extraction of principal or independent components in the vicinity of qualitative changes in motor performance yielding a significant reduction of dimension and thus allowing for the analysis of motor (in-)stabilities, in general, and for classifying (switches between) gait patterns, in particular, including the patterns of accompanying cortical activity. Furthermore, I added to several research fields in theoretical physics, ranging from quantum information to diffusive systems and generalized thermostatistics.


I am currently working on the link between sensorimotor performance and neural synchronization using neuro-physiologically motivated stochastic neural models, bifurcation theory, and graph theory. This includes several PhD and Research Master projects involving both experimental approaches and theoretical ideas, also to investigate the interplay of dynamical and stochastic aspects of complex neural networks.

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Research Output 1996 2018

Comparison of multi-tensor diffusion models' performance for white matter integrity estimation in chronic stroke

on behalf of the 4D EEG Consortium 23 Apr 2018 In : Frontiers in Neuroscience. 12, APR, 247

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pyramidal Tracts
Upper Extremity
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Disentangling Somatosensory Evoked Potentials of the Fingers: Limitations and Clinical Potential

Kalogianni, K., Daffertshofer, A., van der Helm, F. C. T., Schouten, A. C., de Munck, J. C., Kwakkel, G., Meskers, C. G. M., van Wegen, E. E. H., Andringa, A. S., Hoevenaars, D., Winters, C., Zandvliet, S., Solis-Escalante, T., Yuan-Yang, Vlaar, M. P., Filatova, L., Dewald, J. P. A., Yao, J. & On Behalf Of The 4Deeg Consortium 20 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Brain Topography. p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Somatosensory Evoked Potentials
Healthy Volunteers
Median Nerve

Distinct criticality of phase and amplitude dynamics in the resting brain

Daffertshofer, A., Ton, R., Kringelbach, M. L., Woolrich, M. & Deco, G. 9 Mar 2018 In : NeuroImage. 2017, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Power (Psychology)

Incongruent visual feedback during a postural task enhances cortical alpha and beta modulation in patients with Parkinson's disease

van den Heuvel, M. R. C., van Wegen, E. E. H., Beek, P. J., Kwakkel, G. & Daffertshofer, A. 1 Jul 2018 In : Clinical Neurophysiology. 129, 7, p. 1357-1365 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sensory Feedback
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Motor Cortex
Visual Cortex

Network structure of the human musculoskeletal system shapes neural interactions on multiple time scales

Kerkman, J. N., Daffertshofer, A., Gollo, L. L., Breakspear, M. & Boonstra, T. W. 27 Jun 2018 In : Science advances. 4, 6, eaat0497

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Musculoskeletal System
Central Nervous System