My name is Tommi Himberg and I work as a researcher at the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering at the Aalto University. You can contact me at first.lastname[at]aalto.fi.

My research is focused on interpersonal social interaction, entrainment and synchronisation. I am studying in vivo interaction in dyads and in groups. I was involved with the Brain2Brain project, working on two-person neuroscience. In 2015–2016, we conducted the research project “Social eMotions“, which combined contemporary dance and movement science. Currently my work is related to social neuroscience, and various behavioural explorations of interpersonal and intersubjective processes. I collaborate with the ICI-project in Paris, France.

Music cognition, musical interaction and music & movement are of my special interest. Before coming to Aalto, I was a university teacher at the Music Department of the University of Jyväskylä, where I taught a number of courses from research methodology to cognitive musicology, and did research at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research.

Below you can access my relatively up-to-date CV, list of publications, as well as teaching and research portfolios, which are somewhat outdated, as they are only updated sporadically.



Teaching portfolio

Research portfolio

This blog is a channel for both research and teaching output. Comments are very welcome!

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Mr. Tommi,
    Firstly, I congratulate for your researches. And I want to read the your home page as English in this site 🙂
    I’m both a music teacher and a Ph D student about “Ethnomusicology” (or Cognitive Musicology) at 9 Eylül University in İzmir, Turkey. I came to Jyvaskyla once.
    I wanna meet you.
    Best regards..

  2. Dear Tommi,

    I’m interested in a talk you gave at the 2006 ICMPC, cited by Ian Cross in the first chapter of the Oxford Handbook of Music Psych (“Co-operative tapping and collective time-keeping”). A colleague of mine is interested in carrying out similar research, and we’d like to see how you’re doing what you’re doing. Do you have a written up version of this anywhere? Thanks for your help. Perhaps we’ll meet or even collaborate sometime in the future.

    David Bashwiner
    Assistant Professor of Music Theory
    University of New Mexico

    • Dear David,

      There’s no write-up on that particular paper, but the study, expanded and improved since, is the core of my upcoming PhD. Please email me (firstname.surname at gmaildotcom) and I’ll make sure I’ll send you a copy once it becomes available.

      Best regards,


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