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70861-01 - Seminar: Recording, Analyzing and Using Physiological Signals in Psychology 1 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2024
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Dorothee Bentz (dorothee.bentz@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The workshop will be instructed by Dr Dominique Makowski, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK.

The renewed interest of psychology in bodily signals, such as cardiac, electrodermal and respiratory activity, is partly driven by 1) the wide availability of physiological sensors (implemented in wearables, such as smart watches), 2) new analysis approaches, and 3) scientific evidence underlining the fundamental connection between the body and the brain. Indeed, cognition is not an isolated construct and makes active usage of information coming from internal senses, carrying information about the state of the body. Critically, the body consistently reacts in return, and capturing these changes can provide useful empirical knowledge about psychological mechanisms and states.

The workshop will be divided into three key parts:
1. Overview of the main physiological signals (with a focus on EDA, RSP, PPG, ECG). How to record them and assess their quality.
2. What are the different features that can be extracted from them (e.g., heart rate variability, skin conductance responses)? What are the different scenarios in which they can be used (e.g., resting-state protocols, event-related paradigms)?
3. How to process these signals with Python and the NeuroKit package. No advanced experience with Python is required, but having Python installed is necessary.

At the end, participants will gain a better theoretical and practical understanding of physiological signals and how to use them in their practice.
Lernziele 1. Theoretical and practical understanding of physiological signals and how to use them in their prac-tice.
2. Analyze and interpret physiological features used in psychophysiology, including heart rate variabil-ity (HRV) and skin conductance response (SCR).
Literatur • Python 10-min crash course: https://neuropsychology.github.io/NeuroKit/resources/learn_python.html
• Pham, T., Lau, Z. J., Chen, S. H. A., & Makowski, D. (2021). Heart Rate Variability in Psychology: A Review of HRV Indices and an Analysis Tutorial. Sensors, 21(12), 3998. MDPI AG. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/s21123998
Bemerkungen The workshop is offered by the doctoral program Health & Interventions (HI-PSY) and counts towards the research method curriculum area of the PhD program HI-PSY.

Places will be given according to this selection criteria:
1) PhD students from the doctoral program HI-PSY
2) PhD students of other specializations of the Faculty of Psychology
3) PhD students of other faculties of the University of Basel

HI-PSY rules for withdrawal, absence, or partial course attendance:
If you cannot attend a workshop that you have signed up for, please cancel your course registration as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to dorothee.bentz@unibas.ch. This will allow other PhD students interested in the course to move up from the waiting list. After the university’s official registration period has ended, cancelled course will be assessed with NE. Course registrations can be can-celled until one week before the workshops begins. In the case of late cancellations, participants will not be considered for course registration in the next three months of the lecture periods and will be removed from the registration list of any course they have signed up during these three upcoming months of the lecture periods.

If an urgent, unforeseeable, or inevitable event before or during the course prevents a participant from attending, a written and substantiated withdrawal request that includes appropriate documentation (e.g. a doctor’s note) must be submitted to dorothee.bentz@unibas.ch within two days of the workshop and without being prompted. The program director decides on the approval of the withdrawal request.

ECTS-points are awarded only for 100% course attendance.


Teilnahmebedingungen The workshop is offered by the doctoral program Health & Interventions (HI-PSY) and counts towards the research method curriculum area of the PhD program HI-PSY. PhD students who are not part of the doctoral program HI-PSY please apply for admission to the workshop before course registration by send-ing an e-mail to the program director Prof. Dr. Jens Gaab (jens.gaab@unibas.ch).
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
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Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 08.04.2024 09.15-18.15 Uhr Missionsstrasse 64a, Seminarraum 00.003
Module Doktoratsstudium Psychologie: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach: Psychologie (Studienbeginn vor 01.02.2015))
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anm.: Belegen Lehrveranstaltung; Abm.: stornieren
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Fakultät für Psychologie, studiendekanat-psychologie@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fakultät für Psychologie