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Martine Van Puyvelde

Professor, Academic Staff



  • Master in de Muziek, Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Brussel (Juli 1997) [Master in Music, Royal Music Conservatorium Brussel, Belgium (July 1997)
  • Aggregaat Muziekpedagogie, Koninlijk Muziekconservatorium Brussel (Juli 1997)
  • Master in de Klinische Psychologie, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Juli 2009) [Master in Psychological Science, Clinical Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (July 2009)]




  • Tonal synchrony’ is a new dimension of early mother-infant interaction synchrony which we discovered together with musician Pol Vanfleteren. During moments of tonal synchrony a mother and her infant exchange vocalisations composed of universal nature-based tonal aspects (i.e., harmonic and pentatonic series) with a strong preference for simple frequency ratios. These tonal aspects appear in a temporal-based pattern that contains basic aspects of synchrony such as simultaneous vocalising and successive turn-taking. In my PhD-research we will try to find out the meaning of this pre-reflective way of early communication for the intersubjective construction of the self by relating it to emotional and physiologic important aspects in a child’s development within a cross-cultural context. (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. G. Loots, Co-supervisor: Prof. Dr. N. Pattyn)


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Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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