Experimental investigation of human psychophysiology

Experimental investigation of human psychophysiology

What is the village theme about?

During the village you will be guided into performing a scientific experiment from scratch. The course might be particularly relevant for those students with a strong interest in quantitative empirical research.

How is this useful to society?

Humans are complex and since the beginning of the society philosophers first and scientist later have tried to understand how humans interact with the world. Human cognition, that determine the way people interact with their surroundings, can be investigated in several ways. Among those, the measures of human psychological and psychophysiological activity have gained interest in modern scientific research, both for theoretical and applied implications. Understanding and quantify human experience (e.g. emotions, attention, interactions with new technologies, etc.) might be crucial for the progress of the society.

Why is the village theme well suited for interdisciplinarity?

The village is well suited as many different knowledges are needed in a LAB setting and it is the core of good multi-disciplinary research. In our laboratory (The Human Factors LAB) we employee experimental methodologies from various field of research, from psychology to neuroscience. Our laboratory allows (human) physiological measurement as galvanic skin responses (GSR), hear-rate activity (ECG/PPG) and electroencephalography (EEG). 

Our laboratory is also specialized in Virtual Reality (VR) and new visualization technologies. These will be available within the framework of the course.

This village can be an attractive experience for those people are interested in learning more about such methodologies, as well as having interest in multi-disciplinary research.

Relevant competency

We stimulate the application to the village for students interested in quantitative research methods, and that want to learn more about the phases of scientific research. The village may also be suited for those students that are thinking about starting a research-related career and are curious about learning what are the stage of scientific research.

Students with background in: Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, Medicine, Teaching/education, Informatics, and Engineering, are particularly suited for the village.

Please note that, for the interdisciplinary nature of the course and as well for the goal of expert in teamwork, the content of the course might not be directly related to your field of study. Expert in teamwork stimulate multi-disciplinary group work and collaborations, therefore the students should participate to the course with an open mind and with a flexible and adaptable approach on possible challenges.  

About the village

The student will have the possibility to work on an empirical research study and experience a glimpse of working in the research environment. The course is divided in 3 modules, each of one lasting around 1 week, and representing one of the main stages of the research production. Every week the groups of students will be required to produce a short assignment that will help developing their final course exam. At the end of every week, the group of students will be asked to present their ongoing work, gathering comments and inputs from the other participants.

The student will have access and supervision for the use of psychophysiological tools in the Human Factors LAB. The students will have the possibility to use Virtual Reality (VR) equipment as oculus GO and HTC Vive PRO.

Possible field of interest that may be possible to explore within the scope of the village: cognitive workload, learning, memory, stress, well-being, evolution, human-computer interaction, fear/phobias.


Fakta om landsbyen – PSY3813

Course code: PSY3813
Village: Experimental investigation of human psychophysiology
Type: Intensive
Language: English
Village supervisors: Simone Grassini
Semester: Spring 2021
Location: Trondheim


Important information about EiT:

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT).
  • EiT's teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
  • In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, the team members get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
  • For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see the page for students.