PhD in the Arts, Katrien Foubert

Impairments in interpersonal functioning have always been a prominent characteristic of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), indicating a need for research to identify the specific interpersonal processes that are problematic for diagnosed individuals. Previous research has concentrated on self-report questionnaires, unidirectional tests, and experimental paradigms wherein the exchange of social signals between individuals was not the focus. We propose joint musical improvisation as an alternative method to investigate interpersonal processes. In this study, a framework will be developed to study musical interactions in BPD patients. The focus of this study is: attachment, interpersonal synchronization and timing strategies in coordinative behavior.


  • Prof. dr. Jos De Backer (supervisor, KU Leuven/LUCA)
  • Prof. dr. Rudi Vermote (co-supervisor, KU Leuven)

Research Unit: Music & Drama

Duration: 2013 - 2018