RESEARCH

A great question is the key to unlock latent potential.

If coaching is the art of asking great questions to individuals and organizations, research is the art of asking great questions to nature herself.

Ongoing projects

Published research

 

DIFFERENT COACHING FOR DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURES?

In this study with with Prof. James Gavin at Concordia University, I am exploring the degree of fit between types of coaching (performance coaching, life coaching, leadership coaching, 3rd generation coaching) and different organizational cultures (market, clan, hierarchy, adhocracy). Are certain forms of coaching more likely to give results in certain types of organizations? If you are a practicing coach, we would be delighted to hear your opinion!

WHAT DO COACHES ACTUALLY DO?

As widespread and popular as professional coaching has become, we have little empirical evidence about what coaches actually do in sessions and how the pattern of coach interventions may shift over the course of a coaching relationship.

In this study with the team of Prof. James Gavin at Concordia University I analyze the verbal exchanges between coaches and their clients over a series of sessions, searching for patterns of interventions over the course of a coaching relationship.

MEDITATION IMPROVES 

CARDIORESPIRATORY FUNCTION

In this study with Prof. Luciano Bernardi at the University of Pavia we show that long term practice of meditation results in higher arterial and cerebral oxygen saturation, lower blood pressure, and slower baseline respiration. 

DANCE ENHANCES THE EXPERIENCE OF FLOW

In this study with Prof. Isabelle Peretz at the University of Montreal we show that spontaneously moving with music creates powerful experiences of being in flow, more than what happens when we just listen to music without engaging the body. 

ENHANCEMENT OF PLEASURE DURING SPONTANEOUS DANCE

In this study with Prof. Isabelle Peretz at the University of Montreal we show that dancing enhances the experience of pleasure from listening to music, compared to what happens when we listen to music without engaging the body. 

MUSIC INCREASES THE SYNCHRONIZATION OF HEART AND BREATHING BETWEEN LISTENERS

In this live-concert experiment with Prof. Luciano Bernardi from the University of Pavia we show that listening to simple rhythms and melodies, which largely dominate the choice of music during rituals and mass events, brings individuals together in terms of their physiological rhythms.

TONING OPTIMIZES CARDIORESPIRATORY FUNCTION 

In this study with Dr. Shelley Snow and Prof. Alexandre Lehmann we show that toning, a form of chanting with roots in mindfulness and sound healing, brings participants to spontaneously adopt a pattern of slow and deep breathing that optimizes respiratory function and increases heart rate variability.

MUSIC ENTRAINS BIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS

In this experiment with Prof. Luciano  Bernardi we show that music attracts and modulates physiological rhythms such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and the diameter of the microvessels in the finger. These bodily changes are likely the biological substrate of the emotional response the music.

MINDFULNESS INCREASES PHYSICIANS' WELL BEING AND QUALITY OF CARE

In this experiment with Prof. Patricia Dobkin at McGill University we show that doctors who undergo an 8-week training in mindfulness experience a reduction in stress, a reduction in burnout and are their patients perceive them as being more caring.

THE SENSE OF TIME IS EMBODIED

In this experiment with Dr. Luca Rinaldi at the University of Milano-Bicocca we show that words related to the future are strongly associated with forward movements of the body, and words related to the past are associated with backward movements.

BODY SENSATIONS PLAY A KEY ROLE IN THE EARLY STAGES OF MOTOR LEARNING

In this experiment with Prof. David Ostry at McGill University we show that the felt sense of the body drives the acquisition of a novel motor pattern, over and beyond the active production of the movements themselves.

MUSIC KEYBOARDS HELP SPACE EXPLORATION IN STROKE PATIENTS 

In this experiment with Dr. Giuseppe Vallar at the University of Milano-Bicocca we show that music keyboards help patients with stroke regain awareness of portions of the space around them. The combination of keys and associated music scale sounds prompts patients to push, key after key, the boundary of the space they are able to perceive.

PRACTICING IN THE MIND IMPROVES PERFORMANCE

In this experiment with Prof. Emanuela Bricolo at the University of Milano-Bicocca we show that pianists who mentally rehearse complex music motor sequences show detectable improvements in movement velocity and timing during actual performance.