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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

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: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Augmented visual feedback in Parkinson’s disease: Assessing and improving postural control

van den Heuvel, M. R. C. 2017 132 p.

Research output: ScientificPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Open Access

Coordinative task difficulty and behavioural errors are associated with increased long-range beta band synchronization

Rueda-Delgado, L. M., Solesio-Jofre, E., Mantini, D., Dupont, P., Daffertshofer, A. & Swinnen, S. P. 1 Feb 2017 In : NeuroImage. 146, p. 883-893 11 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Functional connectivity analysis of multiplex muscle network across frequencies

Kerkman, J. N., Daffertshofer, A., Gollo, L. L., Breakspear, M. & Boonstra, T. W. 13 Sep 2017 2017 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Smarter Technology for a Healthier World, EMBC 2017 - Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., p. 1567-1570 4 p. 8037136

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewConference contribution

Generalizability of the Maximum Proportional Recovery Rule to Visuospatial Neglect Early Poststroke

Winters, C., van Wegen, E. E. H., Daffertshofer, A. & Kwakkel, G. 1 Apr 2017 In : Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 31, 4, p. 334-342 9 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle