Measuring and influencing behavior using biological and neural measures in humans

Organiser: Yale Benn, Manchester Metroplitan University

Schedule: Wednesday 6th June 14:00 - 15:20

Short name (in EasyChair): Neural Measures (S10)

Modern technology have enabled psychologists to enhance our understanding of and predictive power for human behavior in health and disease, by allowing us to closely link observable behaviors to neural activations (fMRI and EEG), brain structure (MRI) and biological markers (e.g. sweat and heart-rate as a measure of stress). Furthermore, recent developments have enabled techniques of brain stimulation (e.g., tDCS) to be combined with behavioral measures to enhance behaviors such as learning. In this symposium, we will introduce how fNRI, fMRI, EEG, tDCS and biological measures of stress, have been used in our research to measure, understand, and influence human behavior in healthy adults and in patients.

14:00-14:20    Joost Dessing
Using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to examine the control of manual interception
14:20-14:40    Chesney Craig, Paul Holmes and Nicola Ray
Using Electrophysiology to Provide Novel Insight into the Neural Activity Underlying Ambulatory Behavior
14:40-15:00    Yael Benn and Ofer Bergman
Using fMRI to investigate human preferences in information behaviour
15:00-15:20    Maria I Cordero
Studying stress effects on behaviour by combining subjective, endocrine, physiological and neural measures


Image: fMRI during a memory task, © John Graner 2010 (from Wikimedia Commons)