Behavioral Research Blog

Technical demonstration at the American Psychosomatic Society conference in Seville, Spain

Posted by Guest blogger on Apr 14, 2017

By Stefanie Duijndam MSc, GO-LAB, Department of Medical & Clinical Psychology. Tilburg University

This year, the American Psychosomatic Society (APS) celebrates its 75th anniversary. The world’s foremost leaders in psychosomatic science and related disciplines, including genetics, neuroscience, and cardiology, come to the annual APS meeting to share their most recent research findings. Although an American society by origin, every 5 years, the society’s meeting moves to Europe, and this year the meeting was held in Sevilla, Spain.

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Topics: FaceReader, facial expression analysis, conferences, 2017, action units

Robots in the operating room

Posted by Jacqueline Martinali on Apr 11, 2017

Recent developments in robot technology allows robots to handle more and more tasks that previously were only possible for humans. There are robots that are able to vacuum your house or mow the grass; there are self-driving vehicles, or even drones which sends packages through the air. Robots are all around us.

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Topics: The Observer XT, robotics, human-robot interaction, robot assisted surgery

Two ways to learn more about medical simulation and debriefing

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Apr 3, 2017

Training is crucial in almost every profession, but in healthcare education it is indispensable. Using simulation-based training began in flight simulators; new pilots cannot fly a real craft without successfully completing training sessions in a flight simulator. In medical education, simulation-based training has also taken off.

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Topics: The Observer XT, medical encounter, Viso, medical simulation, simulation-based training, team training, nursing science

Improving social communication skills in children with ASD

Posted by Jacqueline Martinali on Apr 2, 2017

On April 2, 2017 it was World Autism Awareness Day. An important annual moment to raise awareness on this developmental disorder and all its associated difficulties, and especially the opportunities out there for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since the event’s inception in 2008, autism awareness and research around the world has increased as a result.

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Topics: The Observer XT, video observation, ASD, autism, social communication

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

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