Bootcamp on Heartrate and Galvanic Skin Response as Measures for Assessing Human Experience

2017.01.10 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Thu 11 May
Time 09:00 16:00
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312

As an interdisciplinary venture, Cognitive Sciences is constantly exploring and developing qualitative and quantitative ways to assess the human mind and its processes. In this process, Heartrate (HR) and Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) have become known to be quite easily recordable quantitative indicators not only of bodily of physical activity but also of psychological processes, such as attention, arousal and emotion. However, already a quick look in the existing literature demonstrates that the interpretation of such measures is rather complex and specifically depending on the way the measure was collected and analysed. Our first bootcamp in 2017 brings together five specialists focussing on different strategies of using one or both of the two measures.

The speakers of this bootcamp are

  • Robert Potter, Associate Professor at and director of the Institute for Communication Research at Indiana University Bloomington 
  • Julian Koenig, Postdoc at Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Heidelberg
  • Ivana Konvalinka, Assistant Professor in the Section for Cognitive Systems at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Compute)
  • Bert Bakker, Assistant Professor at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam
  • Georgios Yannakakis, Associate Professor at the Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta

Abstracts will follow asap.

The bootcamps, as started in 2016 (link), continue as events directed to an interdisciplinary (and not exclusively academic) public willing to invest a full day (9 am – 5 pm) to acquire fundamental knowledge about the respective topic. The talks therefore are planned to start on a basic level, though quickly leading up to state of the art research of the speakers. A shared panel discussion at the end is thought to allow comparisons and combinations of the different approaches. Participation is limited to 40 participants max. and registration is acquired (SEE LINK ABOVE). Please note that we would like participants to join for the FULL day (not only for single talks) to allow the progress described. Lunch and coffee is provided by the IMC.

Due to the bootcamps being part of the Research Project PLAYTrack, investigating Play and Playfulness, one of the four talks is particularly focused on using HR and GSR in ecological settings  (outside of the lab) and the final discussion will also tackle the question, how to assess play(ful) experiences in particular. Please also note the upcoming bootcamps on mobile devices (7th of June) and eyetracking (19th of September).

We are looking forward to your registration!



Contact: Assistant Professor Katrin Heimann, IMC