experimental Psychology & Methods

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STUHL =  neutral wordBLUME = positive word




The Experimental Psychology unit at Ruhr-Uni Bochum investigates basic emotional processing in visual word recognition and memory retrieval. Thus, we are exploring the variables influencing reading emotional words and neutral words by means of different neurocognitive approaches to examine the  temporal (EEG) and spatial features (fMRI) of the neural processes involved and depending psychphysiological measures (Pupillary Responses, Skin Conductance, Heart Rate).

eeg - early effect of positive valence

A further goal of this kind of research is to test and extend recent computational models of visual word recognition by adding emotional or semantic units to predict behavioral and neural responses (e.g. AROM, MROMe).



  • 19.12.2014 Nice Christmas gift from PLoS ONE: Paper accepted
  • 18.11.2014 Tobii eyetracker arrived
  • 4.11.2014 Welcome Marcel Meyer!
  • 27.10.2014
    Our latest paper in support of Panksepp's discrete emotion theory has been accepted in CABN.
  • 29.8.2014
    DFG will fund our interdisciplnary cooperation regarding spatial cognition with another 160.000 Euros !!!!
  • 17.8.2014
    Our latest paper is accepted in Brain & Language, showing that the familiarity with a font drives emotional effects in word recognition
  • 11.6.2014
    Grids or no grids, thats the quesion in topographic maps and the results of our recent paper in PLOS one clearly argue for grid effects in object location memory