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72371-01 - Seminar: Innovative Technologies in Psychological Science: Theory and Application of Augmented and Virtual Reality Methods for Experimental Designs and Applications in Clinical and Legal Settings 1 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2024
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Dorothee Bentz (dorothee.bentz@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Loreen Tisdall (loreen.tisdall@unibas.ch)
Inhalt Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have emerged as valuable tools in various fields, including healthcare and criminal justice. For example, AR and VR technologies have been explored for the studying of mental health (see Donker et al., JAMA Psychiatry 2019, Bentz et al., npj Digital Medicine 2021) and criminal decision making (see van Gelder et al., Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 2019). One of the major advantages of using AR and VR in mental health and criminal decision-making research is that they can provide a safe and controlled environment that mimics real-life situations. For example, VR can create an environment in which patients can face their fears, such as fear of heights, or public speaking, and make new corrective experiences. This allows researchers to study behaviors in a controlled way that would not be possible in the real world. In the area of criminal decision-making, AR and VR can simulate crime scenes, and participants can be asked to reenact a crime. This allows researchers to observe the decision-making process and identify the factors that contribute to criminal behavior. In addition, AR and VR can be used to train law enforcement in de-escalation techniques, helping them to avoid using excessive force and reducing the likelihood of violent confrontations. At the same time, AR and VR technologies have also sparked debates regarding their limitations. For example, one concern with these technologies is that they do not accurately reflect real-world situations, another their potential for misuse.

This bi-national workshop and networking event between the University of Basel and the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg will provide PhD students as well as Postdocs of both Psychological Faculties the opportunity to connect with experts from the field of immersive technologies and to work on joint project proposals to test innovative experimental designs. Dr. Tara Donker (University of Freiburg) and Dr. Dorothée Bentz (University of Basel) are both experienced in designing and testing AR/VR applications. Dr. Loreen Tisdall (co-host, University of Basel) has expert knowledge in criminology, and Tara Donker has also experience in the use of AR/VR in a criminological context.

As part of the networking event, we will organize a visit to the MAXLab Freiburg at the Max-Plack-Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. This visit is optional for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. The date of the lab visit will be May 3.
Lernziele • Introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of AR/VR technologies compared to alternative methods to study (and treat) clinical disorders and criminal decision-making
• Critical assessment of both the promises and challenges of adopting AR/VR technologies in experimental and clinical applications
• Hands-on experience with AR/VR applications developed for the clinical and criminal context
• Development of study protocols to integrate AR/VR technologies in future clinical and criminal decision-making research
• Interdisciplinary thinking across fields of psychology (clinical and cognitive) and disciplines (information technologies)
Bemerkungen This is an Eucor (The European Campus, https://www.eucor-uni.org/de/) block course funded by the Cross-Border Education Grant 2023.

The general rules for withdrawal, absence, or partial course attendance apply:
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 or postdocs interested in the workshop 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 cancelled until one week before the workshops begins. In the case of late cancellations, par-ticipants 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 documenta-tion (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 with-drawal request.
ECTS-points are awarded only for 100% course attendance.


Teilnahmebedingungen This is an Eucor (The European Campus, https://www.eucor-uni.org/de/) block course funded by the Cross-Border Education Grant 2023.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


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Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 16.05.2024 10.00-17.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Seminarraum 01.004
Module Doktorat Psychologie: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach: Psychologie)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Preparation and follow-up of the contents of the workshop as well as active participation.
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