Measurement and analyses of emotional experiences and social behavior in naturalistic conditions

Contact person

Prof. Mikko Sams
mikko.sams@aalto.fi

 

Potential supervisors

Prof. Mikko Sams
Prof. Perttu Hämäläinen
Prof. Iiro Jääskeläinen
PhD Tommi Himberg
PhD Janne Kauttonen

 

Measurement and analyses of emotional experiences and social behavior in naturalistic conditions

Much of the research on emotions and social behaviour concentrates in understanding their behavioural and neural/bodily mechanisms in reduced and well-controlled laboratory conditions. However, emotions are an integral part of our social behaviour and their expression is strongly dependent on eliciting conditions and situations. It is important to bring laboratory and real life closer to each other. What are the optimal ways to measure emotions in real-life-like conditions? How should obtained data be analysed? How could virtual and augmented reality be used in this context? These and other related questions are addressed in this research. This work could focus on emotional experience in general or in some specific context including but not limited to understanding user experiences, user product interaction, etc. The applicants can have different backgrounds, but previous knowledge of psychology, biology and/or psychophysiological methods is required. Because measurement methods and data analyses may be quite demanding, a successful candidate should also have enough background for experimental instrumentation and computational data analysis.

Submission of applications

The applications for this topic should be submitted to mari.dagnall@aalto.fi with reference to ‘Experience PhD’ by January 10, 2019. Please carefully study the Aalto University School of Science Doctoral Program instructions on applying, and contact prof. Mikko Sams well in advance before submitting your application.

 

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