Emmanuelle Tognoli

  • Research Professor
  • Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences
  • Boca Raton - Behavioral Sciences, BS-12, Room 410
  • etognoli@fau.edu


Ph.D. in Differential Psychology, University of Lorraine, 2003.

Questions colleagues and I try to answer

  • How to influence, supplement or restore neurobiological information flows?
  • What principles govern interactions between people whose behaviors are not alike?
  • Can we construct better theoretical and computational models of the human nervous system?
  • How to feel, coordinate and accredit actions by selves or/and by others?
  • Can we construct and teach biological computers?
  • Can we devise bona fide neurotechnological interfaces?
  • Will Epilepsy and Alzheimer's Disease meet our scientific understanding of neurons' interactional tradeoffs?
  • Can we find and validate neuromarkers of behavioral, perceptual, cognitive and social functions?
  • Can we improve ethics, scientific validity and scientific workforce advancement to better our collective future?

Recent Talks and Presentations

  • In Pessoa’s Neuroscience + Philosophy Salon: discussing with Barack and Maley on Barack & Krakauer’s “Two views on the cognitive brain”, I dived into Sherrington’s historical vision on complex collective neural dynamics via his famed 1906 lecture. We teased out a history of neurobehavioral manifolds and I argued for reconciling flows and mass action in the brain. (see also on slideshare) Watch here .
  • At the Complex Systems & Weinberg Institute Seminar hosted by Erdi and Doering at U. Michigan, I outlined the broad strokes of a research program for Computational Social Neuroscience. By interweaving multiple neurobehavioral systems, social behavior is a compelling paradigm for the science of complexity: it suggests similar dynamical phenomenology at multiple neural, behavioral and social scales that speaks to universal laws of complexity across those scales. (see also on slideshare)
  • At the Brain Space Initiative Talk Series, I tried to sketch directions for the spatiotemporal analysis of brain imaging data that lies at the crux of microscale concepts of orderly propagation and mesoscale concepts of ensemble synchronization. In lieu of functionally phase-locked brain states, lacking flexibility and adaptability to everchanging demands from external and internal milieu, I explored theories and methods geared toward a metastable brain. (see also on slideshare) (Watch on youtube here) 
  • At FAU’s Physics Colloquium, the audience and I travelled from Huygens’ incidental premises of weakly coupled oscillators to find a contemporary science of coupled dynamical systems in which weak coupling and broken symmetry are enablers of adaptive complexity. Science of the living often fancies an idealization of strong coupling inherited from control theory, but with theoretical and computational models of nonlinear oscillators, Physics is ideally poised to advance our understanding of more subtle and complex ways to Nature’s self-organization. (see also on slideshare)
  • At the International Conference on Neural Rehabilitation, Cannestro presented our work on the Neuromarkers of Tactile Perception. We flattened equivocal naming conventions, reviewed empirical advance in stimulation technologies, disambiguated steady states and endogenous oscillations and proposed new strategies to disentangle the various receptor pathways organizing this complex action-oriented sense. (See also on NeuroMatch Academy) [read the proceedings here]
  • At FAU’s Data Science, Analytics and AI conference conference, I discussed climatic phase transitions, and especially used hints from gridded Arctic sea surface temperature data to suggest a possible interpretation as local period-halving bifurcation. (Read the Presentation Here) (watch on YoutTube here)
  • At the Gerontological Society of America, Christine Williams presented our joint work on the impact of aging neurobehavioral functions on social relatedness. (Read about it here)

Selected Publications

  • McKinley J., Zhang, M., Wead, A., Williams, C., Tognoli E., Beetle C. (accepted). Third party stabilization of unstable coordination in systems of coupled oscillators. IOP Journal of Physics: Conference Series.
  • Pavlov, Y.G., Adamian, N., Appelhoff, S., Arvaneh, M., Benwell, C., Beste, C., Bland, A., Bradford, D.E., Bublatzky, F., Busch, N. and Clayson, P.E., et al., (2021). #eegmanylabs: Investigating the Replicability of Influential EEG Experiments. Cercor.
  • Tognoli, E., Zhang, M., Fuchs, A., Beetle, C., & Kelso, J. A. S. (2020). Coordination Dynamics: A Foundation for Understanding Social Behavior. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 14:317.
  • Dodel, S. M., Tognoli, E., & Kelso, J. A. S. (2020). Degeneracy and complexity in neuro-behavioral correlates of team coordination. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 328.
  • Tognoli, E., & Kelso, J. A. S. (2020). Spectral dissociation of lateralized brain rhythms. Neuroscience research, 156, 141-146.
  • Zhang, M., Kalies, W. D., Kelso, J. A. S., & Tognoli, E. (2020). Topological portraits of multiscale coordination dynamics. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 108672.
  • Dumas, G., Moreau, Q., Tognoli, E., & Kelso, J. A. S. (2020). The Human Dynamic Clamp reveals the fronto-parietal network linking real-time social coordination and cognition. Cerebral Cortex, 30(5), 3271-3285.
  • Tognoli, E. (2019). More than Meets the Mind’s Eye? Preliminary Observations Hint at Heterogeneous Alpha Neuromarkers for Visual Attention. Brain sciences, 9(11), 307.
  • Zhang, M., Beetle, C., Kelso, J. A. S., & Tognoli, E. (2019). Connecting empirical phenomena and theoretical models of biological coordination across scales. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 16(157), 20190360.
  • Andreou, A.G., Beaudoin, M., Dao, S.K., Fiore, S.*, Forsythe, C., Gratch, J., Hall, K.L., Hamilton, D.J., Heintz, I., Hylton, T., Kabbani, N., Khan, M.S., Kiourti, A., Krichmar, J.*, Kruse, A.A., Nguyen, B., Olds, J.* ,† , Schroeder, N., Severa, W., Sukthankar, G., Tognoli, E.*, Wagner, C. (2018). The AI Acceleration: Implications for the US Air Force of 2030. Report to the Secretary of the USAF.
  • Abd, M., Bornstein, M., Tognoli, E., Engeberg, E.D., (2018). Armband with Soft Robotic Actuators and Vibrotactile Stimulators for Bimodal Haptic Feedback from a Dexterous Artificial Hand. IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics.
  • Tognoli, E., Zhang, M., Kelso, J.A.S. (2018). On the nature of Coordination in Nature. Advances in Cognitive Neurodynamics (VI). Delgado-Garcia (Eds.). Springer.
  • Zhang, M., Kelso, J.A.S., Tognoli, E. (2018). Critical diversity: divided or united states of social coordination. PLoS One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193843
  • Nordham, C., Tognoli, E., Fuchs, A., Kelso, J.A.S. (2018). How Interpersonal Coordination Affects Individual Behavior (and Vice Versa). Ecological Psychology.
  • Tognoli, E., Dumas, G., Kelso, J.A.S. (2018). A roadmap to Computational Social Neuroscience. Cognitive Neurodynamics. 12(1): 135-140.
  • Lloyd, E., Huang, S., Tognoli, E. (2017). Improving Human-in-the-Loop Adaptive Systems Using Brain-Computer Interaction. Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems (pp. 163-174). IEEE Press.
  • Zhang M., Dumas, G., Kelso, J.A.S., Tognoli, E. (2016). Enhanced Emotional Responses during Social Coordination with a Virtual Partner. International Journal of Psychophysiology. 104, 33-43.
  • Tognoli, E., Kelso, J.A.S. (2015). The Coordination Dynamics of Social Neuromarkers. Frontiers in Human Neurosciences. 9:563. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00563
  • Dumas G., de Guzman G.C., Tognoli, E., Kelso, J.A.S. (2014). The Human Dynamic Clamp as a Paradigm for Social Interaction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(35), E3726-E3734.
  • Tognoli, E., Kelso, J.A.S. (2014). Enlarging the scope: grasping brain complexity. Frontiers in System Neuroscience, 8:122.
  • Huang, S., Tognoli, E. (2014). Brainware: synergizing software systems and neural inputs. ICSE Companion, New Ideas and Emerging Results, pp. 444-447.
  • Tognoli, E., Kelso, J.A.S. (2014). The metastable brain. Neuron, 81(1): 35-48.
  • Kelso J.A.S., Dumas G., Tognoli E. (2012). Outline of a General Theory of Behavior and Brain Coordination. Neural Networks, 37: 120-131.
  • Banerjee, A., Tognoli, E., Kelso, J.A.S., Jirsa, V.K. (2012). Spatiotemporal (re)organization of sensorimotor networks underlying unimanual and bimanual coordination. Neuroimage, 62(3): 1582-1592.
  • Tognoli, E., de Guzman, G. C. & Kelso, J. A. S. (2011). Interacting humans and the dynamics of their social brains. In Wang, R., Gu, F. (eds.), Advances in Cognitive Neurodynamics (II), pp. 139-143, Springer, Heidelberg.
  • Tognoli E., Kelso J.A.S. (2009). Brain Coordination Dynamics: True and False Faces of Phase Synchrony and Metastability. Progress in Neurobiology, 87(1): 31-40.
  • Kelso, J.A.S., de Guzman G.C., Reveley C., Tognoli, E. (2009). Virtual Partner Interaction (VPI): Exploring Novel Behaviors via Coordination Dynamics. PLoS ONE 4(6) e5749.
  • Tognoli, E., (2008). EEG coordination dynamics: neuromarkers of social coordination. In Fuchs A, Jirsa VK (eds.) Coordination: Neural, Behavioral and Social Dynamics. Springer, pp.309-323.
  • Banerjee, A., Tognoli, E., Assisi, C., Kelso, J.A.S., Jirsa, V.K. (2008). Mode Level Cognitive Subtraction (MLCS) quantifies spatiotemporal reorganization in large-scale brain topographies. NeuroImage, 15, 663-674.
  • Kelso, J.A.S. , Tognoli, E. (2007). Toward a Complementary Neuroscience: Metastable Coordination Dynamics of the Brain. In R. Kozma & L. Perlovsky (Eds.) Neurodynamics of Higher-level Cognition and Consciousness. Springer, Heidelberg. Reprinted in Murphy, N., Ellis, G. F. R., O'Connor, T. (2009). Downward Causation and the Neurobiology of Free Will. Springer, Heidelberg.
  • Tognoli, E., Lagarde, J., De Guzman, G.C., Kelso, J.A.S. (2007). From the cover: The phi-complex as a neuromarker of human social coordination. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104, 8190-8195.
  • Bressler S.L., Tognoli, E. (2006). Operational principles in neurocognitive networks. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 60: 139-148.


Tognoli and Kelso 2013: System and method for analysis of spatio-temporal data

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Social Neuroscience
  • Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
  • National Academy of Inventors
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
  • FAU's Association for Women in Science (FAU-AWIS)