Behavioral Research Blog

Three examples of nurse-patient interaction research

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Mar 21, 2017

Behavioral observation has become a fundamental component of medical practice and a primary source of clinical research data. The use of video technology in nurse-patient interaction research offers important advantages to scientists in unraveling complex behavior patterns and finding relationships between behaviors, nutrition, effectiveness of interventions, and more.

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Topics: The Observer XT, doctor patient interaction, medical encounter, coding schemes, media recorder, healthcare, Viso, coding behavior, healthcare education, medical simulation, health effects, nursing science

Do emotions affect preferences to opera music?

Posted by Jacqueline Martinali on Mar 16, 2017

What does music trigger? What emotions arise as people listen to music or watch a music video? Happiness, sadness, disgust or appreciation perhaps? It depends whether people like or dislike the music, or what they prefer. Personally, hard rock music is a genre I strongly dislike. On the other hand, I can become very happy by hearing a certain pop song.

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Topics: FaceReader, facial expression analysis, emotions, music

Consumer behavior: do we enjoy the buffet to its fullest potential?

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Mar 13, 2017

There are parts of the world where people eat primarily for pleasure, and less so to fulfil nutritional needs. In my eyes, that is a sign of prosperity and wealth. In these areas, there is more than enough to eat, and a wealth of different foods to choose from. But in these same parts of the world people are overweight, more and more diabetic, and suffering from cardiovascular diseases. So what is wealth, in terms of food? To address this, let’s zoom in on a consumer study that focuses on recognizing signs of fullness.

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Topics: The Observer XT, video observation, coding schemes, consumer behavior, consumer behavior research, video recording, Eating behavior, coding behavior, food, sensory science

Isolated and stressed zebrafish as a model for major depression

Posted by G. Smit on Mar 9, 2017

Depression: a fifth (!) of us cope with it, making it the most prevalent psychiatric disorder. It comes as no surprise that researchers try to wrap their minds around it, not to mention the interest gained from the pharmaceutical industry.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, zebrafish, depression

Attending the International Convention of Psychological Science 2017

Posted by Jacqueline Martinali on Mar 7, 2017

The biennial International Convention of Psychological Science is fast approaching, and will be held on March 23-25 in the beautiful city Vienna, Austria! Take your chance to connect with the world’s foremost leaders in psychological science and related disciplines, including neuroscience, genetics, sociology, economics, anthropology, linguistics, and many others. Here are six reasons why you really ought to attend.

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Topics: The Observer XT, FaceReader, Viso, video recording, conferences, psychology, 2017

Dynamic winners and sluggish losers

Posted by Olga Krips on Mar 3, 2017

Born this way?

We all know the phenomenon: some have it all. Look around a classroom and you see immediately who gets all the attention and who doesn’t, who are “winners”, and who are “losers”. Are we born this way, or do we learn it?

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking

Effectiveness of video feedback in education

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Mar 1, 2017

Did you know that…

1. Did you know that…Many students experience stress when they have to participate in video feedback sessions, and some are even reluctant to participate? 

  • Two Norwegian researchers, Nilsen and Baerheim, found that some students experienced emotional distress before the start of the course. Their study shows the importance of reassurance and support in the process, and demonstrates the importance of carefully considering the design and execution of such educational programs.
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Topics: The Observer XT, Educational research, coding schemes, behavioral patterns, healthcare, Viso, video feedback, measuring behavior, coding behavior, healthcare education, teamwork

Mice with spatial and odor memory impairment – new model for sporadic Alzheimer’s

Posted by G. Smit on Feb 27, 2017

Plaques and tangles… those of you even remotely familiar with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) will immediately recognize these hallmarks. Many rodent models, focusing on plaques and tangles, have been developed to explore the cause and possible treatments of AD, and much progress has been made.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, mice, Video tracking, learning and memory, olfactory memory

Why you should attend the BNA2017 Festival of Neuroscience in Birmingham, UK

Posted by Natasja Bogers on Feb 23, 2017

Whether you are a neuroscientist or working in the field of neuroscience, you have probably heard of the British Neuroscience Association. Their annual meeting is one of the largest neuroscience meetings in Europe this year - all the more reason not to miss out on attending!
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Topics: behavioral research, neuroscience, conferences, 2017

Video Recording used in Psychology

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Feb 20, 2017

Much of psychology education deals with the challenge of how to effectively teach and evaluate skills professionals need in certain interactions. For example, think about conversational skills psychologists need in interactions such as a parent-child interaction, group discussion, or an individual counseling meeting. In these cases, the feedback given by the expert to the student is of crucial importance. However, having a teacher sit in on the interaction might have an unwanted effect on the situation at hand. What can we do to improve the learning experience of the student and make the process run as smoothly as possible for the teacher?

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Topics: Educational research, Viso, audio recording, video feedback, video recording, healthcare education

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