13942 - Foundations of Psychophysiology Modulübersicht

Module Number: 13942
Module Title:Foundations of Psychophysiology
  Grundlagen der Psychophysiologie
Department: Faculty 1 - Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Responsible Staff Member:
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Zander, Thorsten
Language of Teaching / Examination:English
Duration:1 semester
Frequency of Offer: On special announcement
Credits: 6
Learning Outcome:After successfully completing the module, students possess an understanding of the physiological processes in the human body that lead to biomarkers of specific mental states. They furthermore understand the principles of experimental design in the context of psychophysiology, and have applied this understanding in the design, implementation, data collection, and analysis of an actual experiment.
Contents:The module consists of lectures and a project seminar.

The lectures cover relevant aspects of general human physiology as well as more specific processes that can be measured using electrocardiography (heart activity), electromyography (muscle activity), electrodermal activity (skin conductance), and electroencephalography (brain activity). The techniques behind each of these monitoring methods are discussed as well, along with properties of the recorded signal and some known correlates of that signal to mental processes or psychological states. The project seminar and self-study hours will be used to plan, design, implement, and analyse the data of an actual neurophysiological experiment.
Recommended Prerequisites:Programming experience, MATLAB and Python in particular.
Mandatory Prerequisites:Passed exams of following modules:
  • 13335: Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) for Neuroadaptive Technology
Forms of Teaching and Proportion:
  • Lecture / 2 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Seminar / 4 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Self organised studies / 90 Hours
Teaching Materials and Literature:
  • Andreassi, J. (2007). Psychophysiology: Human Behavior and Physiological Response (5th Edition). New York, NY, USA: Psychology Press
  • Gramann, K. & Schandry, R. (2009). Psychophysiologie (4. Auflage). Basel, Switzerland: Beltz
  • Selected scientific papers
Module Examination:Continuous Assessment (MCA)
Assessment Mode for Module Examination:
  • (Project-)Report, about 20 pages (80%)
  • Active participation (20%)
Evaluation of Module Examination:Performance Verification – graded
Limited Number of Participants:75
Part of the Study Programme:
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Module Components:
  • Lecture: Foundations of Psychophysiology
  • Accompanying project seminar
Components to be offered in the Current Semester: