In the continuation of the project TIMPATHIN the timing of paraverbal characteristics of patient and therapist is investigated. The previous TIMPATHIN project focused on movements and how their synchrony is related to therapy success. This focus is now extended by the analysis of paralinguistic features and their synchrony.
A continuation of the project that focusses on paralinguistic features opens the unique possibility to investigate in-session processes in a disorder-homogeneous sample of patients with social anxiety disorder on the basis of movement behavior and voice in high temporal resolution. In particular, it could be investigated to what extent paraverbal synchronization can predict therapy success, whether movement synchronization and synchronization of paralinguistic features correlate, and whether the synchronization of paralinguistic features is a better predictor of therapy success than movement synchrony. With regard to the further development of psychotherapy-related theories, we expect indications of the importance of leading (the patient adapts the therapist's voice or vice versa).