Psychophysiological and Cognitive Applications

Dit vak wordt in het Engels aangeboden. Omschrijvingen kunnen daardoor mogelijk alleen in het Engels worden weergegeven.

Doel vak

- Insight in the link between affective state and autonomic nervous
system activity.
- Insight in the link between cognitive state and eye-movement,
psychophysics and reaction time metrics.
- Knowledge of typical experimental approaches and research designs in
psychophysiology and cognitive psychology.
- Practical skills in the laboratory measurement of autonomic nervous
system activity, eye-movement, psychophysics and reaction time as
windows into affective and cognitive processing in the brain

Inhoud vak

In plenary lectures we will outline how affective and cognitive
processing is reflected in observable behavioral and physiological
signals. The lectures are interspersed with a series of practicals,
where the students learn how to record the ElectroCardioGram (ECG),
Skin-conductance Level (SCL), eye movements, psychophysics and reaction
times in experimental designs aimed at isolating specific affective and
cognitive processes. This will be done in a standardized laboratory
setting using the Biopac system for ECG/SCL and the Eyelink system to
measure the different aspects of eye movements. Amongst others, students
will measure (on each other): skin-conductance responses to tonic and
phasic emotional stimuli; eye-movements and reaction times when
performing a xx task. Furthermore, tactile sensitivity will be measured
by using a psychophysical approach. The main principles, strategies and
limitations for data analysis will be covered in the lectures and then
applied in the practicals to the self-recorded data-sets.


Lectures and practicals.


Written examination (50% of grade) of literature and execution of a
short data collection experiment (25%) and the signal analysis on the
data collected (25%).


1) Psychophysiology Reader with selected articles
a) paper on SCL recording
b) paper on HR recording
c) paper illustrating the use of HR/SCL in practice (likely Critchley or
2) Cognitive Psychology Reader with selected articles
d) paper on psychophysics
e) paper on Eye movement recording (Van der Stighel, Meeter and
Theeuwes, 2006)
f) paper illustrating the use of Eye-movement recording or psychophysics
in research
3) Powerpoints of the lectures
More details on BlackBoard

Overige informatie

Course registration must be completed before November 1, as sufficient
assistance and rooms for practicals need to be organized up front.

The course is taught in English

As of 2018-19 this course is no longer part of the University minor.
Students who still need to complete this course for the UM can contact
the course coordinator.

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

Practicals will be done in groups of 5. You can choose a group in the week before the course starts; if you have not actively chosen a group before the first lecture, you will be assigned to one.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Finished 2nd year of the Bachelor Psychology, Education sciences or
Movement Sciences, or equivalent knowledge.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode P_BPCAPP
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P3
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Fac. der Gedrags- en Bewegingswetensch.
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. J.C.N. de Geus
Examinator prof. dr. J.C.N. de Geus
Docenten prof. dr. J.C.N. de Geus
dr. D.J. Heslenfeld
dr. ing. E. van der Burg

Praktische informatie

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