Sebastian Wallot, Ph.D.

Research Interests

  • Reading Research
  • Comprehension and Meaning
  • Timing and Time Perception
  • Joint Action
  • Complex Systems Theory
  • Nonlinear Dynamics


Academic Education

2008-2011  Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, University of Cincinnati, USA
2003-2008Diploma in Psychology, University of Trier, Germany

Professional Experience

since 02/2016  Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
10/2013-01/2016  Postdoc, Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark
01/2012-09/2013  Senior Fellow, EU Marie-Curie TESIS Network, Aarhus University, Dänemark
03/2008-07/2008 Visiting Scholar, CAP Center for Cognition, Action and Perception, University of Cincinnati, USA


Journal Articles

Wallot, S., & Kelty-Stephen, D. (in press). Interaction-dominant causation in mind and brain, and its implication for questions of generalization and replication. Mind and Machines.

Booth, C. R., Brown, H. L., Eason, E. G., Wallot, S., & Kelty-Stephen, D. G. (2018). Expectations on Hierarchical Scales of Discourse: Multifractality Predicts Both Short- and Long-Range Effects of Violating Gender Expectations in Text Reading. Discourse Processes, 55(1), 12-30.  doi:10.1080/0163853X.2016.1197811

Abney, D. H., Warlaumont, A. S., Oller, D. K., Wallot, S., & Kello, C. T. (2017). Multiple Coordination Patterns in Infant and Adult Vocalizations. Infancy, 22(4), 514-539.  doi:10.1111/infa.12165

Kelty-Stephen, D., & Wallot, S. (2017). Multifractality versus (mono)fractality in the narrative about nonlinear interactions across time scales: Disentangling the belief in nonlinearity from the diagnosis of nonlinearity. Eclological Psychology, 29, 259-299.

Wallot, S. (2017). Recurrence Quantification Analysis of Processes and Products of Discourse: A Tutorial in R. Discourse Processes, 54(5-6), 382-405.doi:10.1080/0163853X.2017.1297921

Drews, H. J., Wallot, S., Weinhold, S. L., Mitkidis, P., Baier, P. C., Roepstorff, A., & Goeder, R. (2017). "Are we in sync with each other?" Exploring the effects of cosleeping on heterosexual couples' sleep using simultaneous polysomnography: A pilot study. Sleep Disorders, 2017, 5.  doi:10.1155/2017/8140672

Mitkidis, P., Ayal, S., Shalvi, S., Heimann, K., Levy, G., Kyselo, M., Wallot, S., Ariely, D., & Roepstorff, A. (2017). The effects of extreme rituals on moral behavior: The performers-observers gap hypothesis. Journal of Economic Psychology, 59, 1-7.  doi:10.1016/j.joep.2016.12.007

Lyby, M., Mehlsen, M. Y., Wallot, A., & Wallot, S. (2016). Perspektiver inden for teknologisk-assisteret indsamling af data i psykologisk forandring - rammesat af den synergetiske psykologi [Möglichkeiten der technologiegestützten Datenerfassung psychischer Veränderungsprozesse – Methoden der synergetischen Psychologie]. Psyke & Logos, 37, 144-170.

Wallot, S., Mitkidis, P., McGraw, J. J., & Roepstorff, A. (2016). Beyond Synchrony: Joint Action in a Complex Production Task Reveals Beneficial Effects of Decreased Interpersonal Synchrony. Plos One, 11(12), e0168306.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168306

Lang, M., Shaw, D. J., Reddish, P., Wallot, S., Mitkidis, P., & Xzgalatas, D. (2016). Lost in the rhythm: The effects of rhythm on subsequent interpersonal co-ordination. Cognitive Science, 40, 1797-1815.  doi:10.1111/cogs.12302

Wallot, S., Roepstorff, A., & Mønster, D. (2016). Multidimensional Recurrence Quantification Analysis (MdRQA) for the analysis of multidimensional time-series: A software implementation in MATLAB and its application to group-level data in joint action. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1835,  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01835

O'Brien, B. A., & Wallot, S. (2016). Silent Reading Fluency and Comprehension in Bilingual Children. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(1265). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01265

Xygalatas, D., Kundtová Klocová, W., Cigán, J., Kundt, R., Maňo, P., Kotherová, S., Wallot, S., Mitkidis, P. & Kanovsky, M. (2016) Location, location, location: Effects of cross-religious primes on prosocial behavior. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 4, 304-319.  doi:10.1080/10508619.2015.1097287

Teng, D. W., Wallot, S., & Kelty-Stephen, D. G. (2016). Single-Word Recognition Need Not Depend on Single-Word Features: Narrative Coherence Counteracts Effects of Single-Word Features that Lexical Decision Emphasizes. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 45(6), 1451-1472. doi:10.1007/s10936-016-9416-4

Wallot, S. (2016). Understanding reading as a form of language-use: A language game hypothesis. New Ideas in Psychology, 42, 21-28. doi:10.1016/j.newideapsych.2015.07.006

Mønster, D., Håkonsson, D. D., Eskildsen, J. K., & Wallot, S. (2016). Physiological evidence of interpersonal dynamics in a cooperative production task. Physiology & Behavior, 156, 24-34.  doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2016.01.004

Mitkidis, P., McGraw, J. J., Roepstorff, A., & Wallot, S. (2015). Building trust: Heart rate synchrony and arousal during joint action increased by public goods game. Physiology & Behavior, 149, 101-106. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2015.05.033

Wallot, S. (2015). Intentions and synergies: The cases of control and speed. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 22, 80-83.

Wallot, S., Coey, C. A., & Richardson, M. J. (2015). Cue predictability changes scaling in eye-movement fluctuations. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 77(7), 2169-2180.  doi:10.3758/s13414-015-0983-5

Wallot, S., Coey, C. A., & Richardson, M. J. (2015). Interdependence of saccadic and fixational fluctuations. Ecological Psychology, 27, 68-86. doi:10.1080/10407413.2015.991666

Abney, D. H., Warlaumont, A. S., Haussman, A., Ross, J. M., & Wallot, S. (2014). Using nonlinear methods to quantify changes in infant limb movements and vocalizations. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 771.  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00771

Kiefer, A. W., Wallot, S., Gresham, L. J., Kloos, H., Riley, M. A., Shockley, K., & Van Orden, G. (2014). Development of coordination in time estimation. Developmental Psychology, 50, 393-401. doi:10.1037/a0033629

McGraw, J. J., Wallot, S., Mitkidis, P., & Roepstorff, A. (2014). Culture’s building blocks: investigating cultural evolution in a LEGO construction task. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(1017).  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01017

O’Brien, B. A., Wallot, S., Haussmann, A., & Kloos, H. (2014). Using Complexity Metrics to Assess Silent Reading Fluency: A Cross-sectional Study Comparing Oral and Silent reading. Scientific Studies of Reading, 18, 235-254. doi:10.1080/10888438.2013.862248

O’Brien, B. A., & Wallot, S. (2014). Dynamical structure of silent reading fluency in bilingual students (pp. 175-179). Proceedings of the XVIth European Conference on Developmental Psychology. Bologna: Medimondo.

Steenberg, M., Bräuner, P., & Wallot, S. (2014). Text Technology: Building Subjective and Shared Experience in Reading. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 14, 357-372. doi:10.1163/15685373-12342131

Wallot, S. (2014). From “cracking the orthographic code” to “playing with language”: toward a usage-based foundation of the reading process. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(891).  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00891

Wallot, S., & Kelty-Stephen, D. (2014). Constraints are the solution, not the problem. [Commentary on Reichle and Reingold (2013): Neurophysiological constraints on the eye-mind link]. Frontiers in Neuroscience. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00324

Wallot, S., O’Brien, B. A., Haussmann, A., Kloos, A., & Lyby, M. S. (2014). The role of reading time complexity and reading speed in text comprehension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40, 1745-1765. doi:10.1037/xlm0000030

Reddy, V., Markova, G., & Wallot, S. (2013). Anticipatory Adjustments to Being Picked Up in Infancy. Plos One, 8, e65289. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065289

Wallot, S., Fusaroli, R., Tylén, K., & Jegindø, E.-M. (2013). Using complexity metrics with RR intervals and BPM heart rate measures. Frontiers in Physiology. doi:10.3389/fphys.2013.00211

Wallot, S., & Grabowski, J. (2013). Typewriting Dynamics: What distinguishes simple from complex writing tasks? Ecological Psychology, 25, 267-280. doi:10.1080/10407413.2013.810512

Wallot, S., Hollis, G., & van Rooij, M. (2013). Connected Text Reading and Differences in Text Reading Fluency in Adult Readers. Plos One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071914

Coey, C. A., Wallot, S., Richardson, M. J., & Van Orden, G. (2012). On the Structure of Measurement Noise in Eye-Movements. Journal of Eye-Movement Research, 5, 1-10.

Riley, M. A., Bonnette, S., Kuznetsov, N., Wallot, S., & Gao, J. (2012). A tutorial introduction to adaptive fractal analysis. Frontiers in Physiology. doi:10.3389/fphys.2012.00371

Riley, M. A., Mitra, S., Saunders, N., Kiefer, A. W., & Wallot, S. (2012). The interplay between posture control and memory for spatial locations. Experimental Brain Research217, 43-52. doi:10.1007/s00221-011-2970-y

Van Orden, G., Hollis, G., & Wallot, S. (2012). The blue collar brain. Frontiers In Physiology, 3, 207. doi:10.3389/fphys.2012.00207

Wallot, S., & Van Orden, G. (2012). Ultrafast cognition. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 19, 141-160.

Gresham, L. J., Kloos, H., Wallot, S., & Van Orden, G. (2011). A developmental trend in the structure of time-estimation performance (pp. 3547-3551). Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Konvalinka, I., Xygalatas, D., Bulbulia, J., Schjødt, U., Jegindø, E. M., Wallot, S., Van Orden, G., & Roepstorff, A. (2011). Synchronized arousal between performers and related spectators in a fire-walking ritual. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 108, 8514-8519. doi:10.1073/pnas.1016955108

Kuznetsov, N., & Wallot, S. (2011). Effects of Accuracy Feedback on Fractal Characteristics of Time Estimation. Frontiers in Neuroscience. doi:10.3389/fnint.2011.00062

Wallot, S., & Van Orden, G. (2011). Grounding language in the anticipatory dynamics of the body. Ecological Psychology, 23, 157-184. doi:0.1080/10407413.2011.5912

Wallot, S., & Van Orden, G. (2011). Toward a life-span Metric of reading fluency. International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 21, 1173-1192.

Wallot, S., & Van Orden, G. (2011). Nonlinear analyses of self-paced reading. The Mental Lexicon, 6, 245-274.

Book Sections

Håkonsson, D. D., Mitkidis, P., & Wallot, S. (2017). Team emotions and team learning. In L. Agrote & J. M. Levine (Eds.), Handbook of Group and Organizational Learning. Advance online publication. Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.

Wallot, S., Lyby, M., & van Rooij, M. M. J. W. (2015). Recurrence Quantification Analysis
as a General-purpose Tool for Bridging the Gap between Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis. In Flavian, H. & Huber, G. L. (Eds.), Qualitative Psychology Nexus Vol. 13: New Perspectives on Qualitative Research (pp. 65-87).

Wallot, S., O’Brien, B., Coey, C. A., & Kelty-Stephen, D. (2015). Power-law fluctuations in eye movements predict text comprehen- sion during connected text reading. In D. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, & P. P. Maglio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2583–2588). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Fusaroli, R., Konvalinka, I., & Wallot, S. (2014). Analyzing Social Interactions: The promises and challenges of using Cross Recurrence Quantification Analysis (pp. 137-155). In N. Marwan, M. Riley, A. Giuliani, and C. L. Webber, Jr., Translational Recurrence. Springer Proceedings in Mathematics (103). London: Springer.

Wallot, S., O’Brien, B. A. & Van Orden, G. (2012). A tutorial introduction to fractal and recurrence analyses of reading (pp. 395-430). In G. Liben, G. Jarema, and C.  Westbury, Methodological and analytical frontiers in lexical research. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Van Orden, G., Kloos, H., & Wallot, S. (2011). Living in the Pink: Intentionality, Wellbeing, and Complexity (pp. 629-672). In C. A. Hooker (Ed.), Philosophy of Complex Systems. Handbook of the Philosophy of Science. Amsterdam: Elsevier.


Schiepek, G., Eckert, H., Kravanja, B., Wallot, S., & Wallot, A. (2015). Integrative Psychotherapy - A Feedback-Driven Dynamic Systems Approach. Heidelberg: Hogrefe.

Awards and Grants

2008-2011    University Graduate Scholarship (UGS), University of Cincinnati
2009-2010GSGA Research and Travel Award, University of Cincinnati