Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie


Head of the Nonverbal Synchrony Lab




Nonverbale Synchronie
Motion Energy Analysis (MEA)
Informationen & download: www.psync.ch

Time-Series Panel Analysis (TSPA): Veränderungsmechanismen in der Psychotherapie


Zeitreihen und Theorie Dynamischer Systeme


Nonverbales Verhalten; Psychotherapie-Prozessforschung; Zeitreihenanalyse; Träume / Psychologische Traumarbeit


Ramseyer, F.T. (2023). iCAST: Ein praktisches Modell für die Integration nonverbaler Signale in die Psychotherapie. Die Psychotherapie, 68, 36-43. doi:10.1007/s00278-022-00618-6

Caspar, F., Berger, T., Holtforth, M.G., Babl, A., Heer, S., Lin, M., Stähli, A., Gomez Penedo, J.M., Holstein, D., Egenolf, Y., Frischknecht, E., Krieger, T., Ramseyer, F., Regli, D., Schmied, E., Flückiger, C., Brodbeck, J., Greenberg, L., Carver, C.S., Castonguay, L., Kramer, U., Auszra, L., Herrmann, I., & Belz, M. (2023). The impact of integrating emotion focused components into psychological therapy: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 79, 296-315. doi:10.1002/jclp.23421



Völter, C., Oberländer, K., Mertens, S., & Ramseyer, F.T. (2022) Nonverbal synchrony in subjects with hearing impairment and their significant others. Front. Psychol. 13:964547. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.964547

Yap, S.S., Ramseyer, F.T, Fachner, J., Maidhof, C., Tschacher, W. & Tucek, G. (2022) Dyadic non-verbal synchrony during pre and post music therapy interventions and its relationship to self-reported therapy readiness. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 16:912729. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2022.912729

Hamel, L. M., Moulder, R., Ramseyer, F.T., Penner, L., Albrecht, T. L., Boker, S., & Eggly, S. (2022). Nonverbal synchrony: An indicator of clinical communication quality in racially-concordant and racially-discordant oncology interactions. Cancer Control. doi:10.1177/10732748221113905

Deres-Cohen, K., Lipsitz-Odess, I., Fisher, H., Ramseyer, F.T., Lutz., W., & Zilcha-Mano, S. (2022). Shedding light on the effects of supportive techniques on nonverbal synchrony and their moderators in psychotherapy for depression. Psychotherapy Research. 32(4), 470-483. doi:10.1080/10503307.2021.1966542



Deres-Cohen, K., Dolev-Amit, T., Peysachov, G., Ramseyer, F. T., & Zilcha-Mano, S. (2021). Nonverbal synchrony as a marker of alliance ruptures. Psychotherapy (Chicago, Ill.), 58(4), 499-509. doi:10.1037/pst0000384

Erdoes, T., & Ramseyer, F. T. (2021). Change process in coaching: Interplay of nonverbal synchrony, working alliance, self-regulation and goal-attainment. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.580351

Zimmermann, R., Fürer, L. E., Kleinbub, J. R., Ramseyer, F. T., Hütten, R., Steppan, M., & Schmeck, K. (2021). Movement synchrony in the psychotherapy of adolescents with borderline personality pathology -a dyadic trait marker for resilience? Frontiers in Psychology, 12. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.660516

Cohen, K., Ramseyer, F. T., Shachaf, T., & Zilcha-Mano, S. (2021). Nonverbal synchrony and the alliance in psychotherapy for major depression: Disentangling state-like and trait-like effects. Clinical Psychological Science, 9(4), 634-648. doi:10.1177/2167702620985294

Kleinbub, J. R., & Ramseyer, F. T. (2021). rMEA: An R package to assess nonverbal synchronization in motion energy analysis time-series. Psychotherapy Research, 31(6), 817-830. doi:10.1080/10503307.2020.1844334



Prinz, J. N., Boyle, K., Ramseyer, F., Kabus, W., Bar-Kalifa, E., & Lutz, W. (2020). Within and between associations of nonverbal synchrony in relation to grawe’s general mechanisms of change. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 28(1). 159-168. doi:10.1002/cpp.2498

Zilcha-Mano, S. & Ramseyer, F. T. (2020). Innovative Approaches to Exploring Processes of Change in Counseling Psychology: Insights and Principles for Future Research. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 67(4), 409-419. doi:10.1037/cou0000426

Tschacher, W., Ramseyer, F., & Pfammatter, M. (2020). The social present in psychotherapy – duration of nowness in therapeutic interaction. In M. Ochs, M. Borcsa, & J. Schweitzer (Eds.), Systemic research in individual, couple, and family therapy and counseling (pp. 39-53). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-36560-8_3

Ramseyer, F., Ebert, A., Roser, P., Edel, M-A., Tschacher, W., & Brüne, M. (2020). Exploring nonverbal synchrony in Borderline Personality Disorder: A double-blind placebo-controlled study using oxytocin. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 59(2), 186-207. doi:10.1111/bjc.12240

Ramseyer, F. T. (2020). Motion Energy Analysis (MEA). A primer on the assessment of motion from video. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 67(4), 536-549. doi:10.1037/cou0000407

Ramseyer, F. T. (2020). Exploring nonverbal synchrony in psychotherapy dyads: The idiographic perspective provides a different picture. Psychotherapy Research, 30(5), 622-634. doi:10.1080/10503307.2019.1676932



Kleinbub, J.R. & Ramseyer, F. (2018). rMEA: Synchrony in Motion Energy Analysis (MEA) Time-Series [computer software] Retrieved from https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=rMEA

Moulder, R.G., Boker, S.M., Ramseyer, F., & Tschacher, W. (2018). Determining Synchrony Between Behavioral Time Series: An Application of Surrogate Data Generation for Establishing Falsifiable Null-Hypotheses. Psychological Methods, 23(4), 757-773. doi:10.1037/met0000172

Paulick, J., Deisenhofer, A.-K., Ramseyer, F., Tschacher, W., Boyle, K., Rubel, J., & Lutz, W. (2018). Nonverbal Synchrony: A New Approach to Better Understand Psychotherapeutic Processes and Drop-Out. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 28(3), 367-384. doi:10.1037/int0000099

Dutschke, L., Stegmayer, K., Ramseyer, F., Bohlhalter, S., Vanbellingen, T., Strik, W., & Walther, S. (2018). Gesture impairments in schizophrenia are linked to increased movement and prolonged motor planning and execution. Schizophrenia Research, 200, 42-49. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2017.07.012

Tschacher, W., Ramseyer, F., & Koole, S.L. (2018). Sharing the Now in the Social Present: Duration of Nonverbal Synchrony Is Linked With Personality. Journal of Personality, 86(2). 129–138. doi:10.1111/jopy.12298



Tschacher, W. & Ramseyer, F. (2017). Synchronie in dyadischer Interaktion: Verkörperte Kommunikation in Psychotherapie, Beratung, Paargesprächen. In: T. Breyer, M. Buchholz, A. Hamburger, S. Pfänder, E. Schumann (Hrsg). Resonanz - Rhythmus - Synchronisierung: Interaktionen in Alltag, Therapie und Kunst (S. 319-334). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

Tschacher, W. & Ramseyer, F. (2017). Nonverbal synchrony. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology (Vol. 7, pp. 2298-2298). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd. doi: 10.4135/9781483365817.n922



Nelson, A., Grahe, J., & Ramseyer, F. (2016). Interacting in Flow: An Analysis of Rapport-Based Behavior as Optimal Experience. SAGE Open, 6(4), 1-11. doi:10.1177/2158244016684173

Ramseyer, F. & Tschacher, W. (2016). Movement coordination in psychotherapy: Synchrony of hand movements is associated with session outcome. A single-case study. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 20(2), 145-166.

Babl, A., Grosse Holtforth, M., Heer, S., Lin, M., Stähli, A., Holstein, D., Belz, M., Egenolf, Y., Frischknecht, E., Ramseyer, F., Regli, D., Schmied, E., Flückiger, C., Brodbeck, J., Berger, T., & Caspar, F. (2016). Psychotherapy integration under scrutiny: investigating the impact of integrating emotion-focused components into a CBT-based approach: a study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry, 16(1), 423. doi:10.1186/s12888-016-1136-7



Kupper, Z., Ramseyer, F., Hoffmann, H., & Tschacher, W. (2015). Nonverbal Synchrony in Social Interactions of Patients with Schizophrenia Indicates Socio-Communicative Deficits. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0145882. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145882



Ramseyer, F., Kupper, Z., Caspar, F., Znoj, H., & Tschacher, W. (2014). Time-Series Panel Analysis (TSPA) – Multivariate modeling of temporal associations in psychotherapy process. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(5). 828-838 doi:10.1037/a0037168

Ramseyer, F. & Tschacher, W. (2014). Nonverbal synchrony of head- and body-movement in psychotherapy: different signals have different associations with outcome. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:979. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00979

Nelson, A., Grahe, J., Ramseyer, F., & Serier, K. (2014). Psychological Data from an Exploration of the Rapport / Synchrony Interplay Using Motion Energy Analysis. Journal of Open Psychology Data, 2(1):e5, doi:10.5334/jopd.ae

Walther, S., Ramseyer, F., Horn, H., Strik, W., & Tschacher, W. (2014). Less structured movement patterns predict severity of positive syndrome, excitement and disorganization. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(3), 585-591. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbt038

Tschacher, W., Rees, G. M., & Ramseyer, F. (2014). Nonverbal synchrony and affect in dyadic interactions. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1323.

Tschacher, W. & Ramseyer, F. (2014). Modeling psychotherapy process by time-series panel analysis (TSPA). In: W. Lutz, & S. Knox (Eds.), Quantitative and qualitative methods in psychotherapy research. (pp. 168-188). London: Routledge.



Ramseyer, F. (2013). Synchronized Movement in Social Interaction. Proceedings of the 2013 Inputs-Outputs Conference: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Engagement in HCI and Performance, 1-5. doi: 10.1145/2557595.2557597

Tschacher, W., Ramseyer, F., & Bergomi, C. (2013). The subjective present and its modulation in clinical contexts. Timing & Time Perception, 1(2), 239-259. doi: 10.1163/22134468-00002013



Tschacher, W., Zorn, P., & Ramseyer, F. (2012). Change mechanisms of schema-centered group psychotherapy with personality disorder patients. PLoS ONE, 7(6): e39687.

Tschacher, W., Tomicic, A., Martinez, C., & Ramseyer, F. (2012). Formen der Synchronie in dyadischer Interaktion [Modes of synchrony in dyadic social interaction]. In E. H. Witte & S. Petersen (Eds.), Sozialpsychologie, Psychotherapie und Gesundheit. (pp. 38-57). Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.



Ramseyer, F. & Tschacher, W. (2011). Nonverbal Synchrony in Psychotherapy: Coordinated Body-Movement Reflects Relationship Quality and Outcome. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79(3), 284-295.

Ramseyer, F. (2011). Nonverbal synchrony in psychotherapy: Embodiment at the level of the dyad. In W. Tschacher & C. Bergomi (Eds.), The implications of embodiment. Cognition and communication (pp. 193-207). Exeter, United Kingdom: Imprint Academic.



Kupper, Z., Ramseyer, F., Hoffmann, H., Kalbermatten, S., & Tschacher, W. (2010). Video-based quantification of body movement during social interaction indicates the severity of negative symptoms in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 121(1-3), 90-100.

Ramseyer, F. (2010). Nonverbale Synchronisation in der Psychotherapie. [Nonverbal synchrony in psychotherapy]. Systeme, 24(1), 5-30.

Ramseyer, F. & Tschacher, W. (2010). Nonverbal synchrony or random coincidence? How to tell the difference. In A. Esposito, N. Campbell, C. Vogel, A. Hussain, & A. Nijholt (Eds.), Development of Multimodal Interfaces: Active Listening and Synchrony (pp. 182-196). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

Reidsma, D., Nijholt, A., Tschacher, W., & Ramseyer, F. (2010). Measuring multimodal synchrony for human-computer interaction. In A. Sourin (Ed.), 2010 International Conference on Cyberworlds (pp. 67-71). Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society Press.

Ramseyer, F. (2010). Nonverbale Synchronisation in therapeutischer Interaktion [Nonverbal synchrony in therapeutic interaction]. In S. Bender (Ed.), Bewegungsanalyse von Interaktionen [Movement analysis of interaction] (pp. 11-32). Berlin, Germany: Logos.



Tschacher, W. & Ramseyer, F. (2009). Modeling psychotherapy process by time-series panel analysis (TSPA). Psychotherapy Research, 19(4-5), 469-481.



Funkhouser, A., Würmle, O., Carnes, K., Locher, P., Ramseyer, F., & Bahro, M. (2008). Boundary questionnaire results and dream recall among persons going through retirement. International Journal of Dream Research, 1(2), 6-12.

Ramseyer, F. & Tschacher, W. (2008). Synchrony in dyadic psychotherapy sessions. In S. Vrobel, O. E. Rössler, & T. Marks-Tarlow (Eds.), Simultaneity: Temporal Structures and Observer Perspectives (pp. 329-347). Singapore: World Scientific.



Tschacher, W., Ramseyer, F., & Grawe, K. (2007). Der Ordnungseffekt im Psychotherapieprozess: Replikation einer systemtheoretischen Vorhersage und Zusammenhang mit dem Therapieerfolg. [The order effect in the psychotherapy process: Replication of a systems theory prediction and process-outcome relationships]. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 36(1), 18-25.



Ramseyer, F. & Tschacher, W. (2006). Synchrony: A core concept for a constructivist approach to psychotherapy. Constructivism in the Human Sciences, 11(1-2), 150-171.



Ramseyer, F., Genner, R., & Brenner, H. (Eds.) (2005). Die Schweizer Psychiatrieversorgung im internationalen Vergleich. Berner Gespräche zur Sozialpsychiatrie. [The Swiss Psychiatric Services in International Comparison. Bernese Talks on Social Psychiatry]. Zürich, Switzerland: edition 8.