Methodology of Behavioral Research: Research methodology, Analysis of Interactions



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The aim of the course is to give practical information on the methods that can be used in the study of human interactions. These methods make it possible to describe the qualitative and quantitative properties of the interaction, and also to grab the phenomena of interpersonal attunement. The course definitely focuses on practice, but does not neglect the questions of the interconnectedness of theory and practice, since the research methods are never independent from the principles of a given theory.

This approach makes the participants able to realize the relative advantages and disadvantages of the methods that could be used in their ongoing research projects.

Course requirements: Presenting and discussing a methodological problem of the participants’ own ongoing research projects. The experiences of the discussion will be used in their doctoral

Main topics:

  • micro and macro methods for the behavioral analysis of human interactions
  • methods for the analysis of the subjective experiences of human interactions
  • interactional synchrony and the possibilities for its research
  • paper and pencil methods in the research of human interactions
  • Bakeman, R.; Gottman, J. M. (1997) Observing interaction. An introduction to sequential analysis, Cambridge University Press.
  • Bernieri, F. J.; Reznick, J. S.; Rosenthal, R. (1988) Synchrony, pseudosynchrony, and dissinchrony: Measuring the entrainment process in mother-infant interactions, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 54, 243-253.
  • Montgomery, B.M.; Duck, S. (eds) Studying interpersonal interaction, Guilford Press, New York, London.
  • Knapp, M. L.; Miller, G. R. (eds) Handbook of interpersonal communication, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, London.
  • Varga, K. (2013) The phenomenology of hypnotic interactions. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.