Meetings

The Media Psychology Division (NeFCA) organizes a preconference at the ETMAAL 2017:

THEME: Moving beyond self-report: Measuring arousal, emotional, and cognitive responses to media through physiological measures

WHEN: Thursday 26 January 2017, 9 AM- 11 AM

WHERE: University of Tilburg (exact location tba)

Costs: Participation is free – but please register (before January 20, 2017) by sending an email to Karin Fikkers (k.m.fikkers@uva.nl) and Bert Bakker (b.n.bakker@uva.nl).

AIM: In order to better understand media effects, communication scientists are increasingly interested in arousal, emotional, and cognitive responses as mediators of such effects. Although most research currently relies on self-reported responses to media, this measurement method has well-known disadvantages (e.g., social desirability bias, questions about whether participants have insight into emotional and cognitive processes, reporting that takes place after instead of during exposure). Physiological measures such as heart rate, skin conductance, facial movements, and neurological response patterns provide an opportunity to overcome many of these disadvantages. For example, such physiological responses can be measured during exposure and take place outside of the participants’ overt cognitive control, which offers clear advantages over using self-report measures.

Obviously, physiological measures also have their disadvantages and they certainly pose a much bigger challenge in terms of measurement, analysis, and interpretation of the data. This may make the use of physiological measures seem like a daunting task. In order to encourage communication scientists to consider such measures, this preconference will focus on the opportunities and pitfalls of using physiological responses in communication research. This is done via a series of paper presentations from scholars answering media-related questions employing a range of physiological measures, such as face-reader software, measures of physiological arousal and valence of emotions, as well as brain activity. Each presentation will highlight the methodological approach used and present do’s and don’ts to other researchers who might also be interested in using physiological measures. These presentations will be followed by a discussion of how to move forward using best practices in physiological communication research.

PROGRAM

  • 8.45 – 9.00      Coffee
  • 9.00 – 9.10      Opening
  • 9.10 – 10.30    12-minute presentations of six invited speakers
  • 10.30 – 11.00  Plenary discussion about moving forward with physiological measurement in communication science led by Professor Moniek Buijzen

SPEAKERS & TOPICS (click here for Program)

 1. On the start-up of a neuro lab: from Facereader to EEG studies & beyond

Professor dr. Iris Vermeir & Professor dr. Hendrik Slabbinck both at the Department of Marketing Ghent University.

2. Economic messages alter the brain’s response to error prediction and consequent behavioral decisions

Diamantis Petropoulos-Petalas, MSc., PhD candidate at the Behavioral Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen; in collaboration with Dr. Hein van Schie and Dr. Paul Hendriks Vettehen.

3. Exploring children’s responses to entertainment using heart rate and skin conductance

Dr. Karin Fikkers, Postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam; in collaboration with Dr. Jessica Piotrowski and Prof. Dr. Patti Valkenburg

4. The relation between skin conductance level and acoustic properties of speech as indicators of stress

Dr. Marie Postma, Assistant Professor at the University of Tilburg

5. Politics isn’t cool. It is hot! Physiological Responses to Political Communication

Dr. Bert Bakker, Assistant professor at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam; in collaboration with Dr. Gijs Schumacher and dr. Matthijs Rooduijn.

6. Automatically measuring facial expressions with FaceReader

Dr. Anouk den Hamer, Business Developer at Noldus Information Technology

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3rd Dutch Political Psychology Meeting

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We hereby invite you for the 3rd Dutch Political Psychology Meeting to be held December 1st 2016 at Leiden University in The Hague. As in previous events, we have invited four speakers from different disciplines who will each give a presentation followed by a discussion with the audience.

We believe we have an exciting list of speakers with some cutting edge research to share. Here is the program:

Program:

10.00 – 10.30                  Reception

10.30 – 11.30                  Julia Stasse (Groningen University):  “More than a feeling: The communicative function of expressed emotions in intergroup conflicts.”

11.30 – 12.30                  dr. Bert Bakker (University of Amsterdam):  “Politics isn’t cool. It is hot! How emotions influence politics ”

12.30 – 14.00                  Lunch – which we will provide

14.00 – 15.00                  dr. Martijn Schoonvelde (Free University Amsterdam): “The language of politics: Complexity, nouns and political ideology“

15.00 – 16.00                  Marieke van Doorn (Leiden University):  “The Next US President’s Motives”

16.00 –                              Drinks at Plein, Den Haag

Practicalities

Date:                                December 1, 2016

Location:                         Prins Claus zaal; Lange Houtstraat 11, 2511CV, Den Haag/The Hague

We would like to ask you to sign-up using the following link before November 4. Dot this by sending Bert an email. We will confirm your participation by November 11. Please feel free to send this email to other people whom you might think are interested in this event.

As space is limited, we handle registrations on a first come first serve basis. Your registration is not final until confirmed by us. Once your registration is confirmed, you can expect to receive the papers and directions to the meeting two weeks in advance.

If you have any questions about the conference, feel free to send us an email.

We look forward meeting you in the Hague.

Best wishes,

Mark, Jojanneke and Bert