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Peripheral Physiology

Psychological processes often have a direct effect on how our body reacts. This is particularly noticeable with strong emotions such as fear, anger or joy, which lead to a reaction of our autonomous nervous system. This can manifest itself, among other things, in a rapid blow, sweaty hands or rapid breathing. On the other hand, we humans often use the feedback from our body to assess situations.

Physical reactions are therefore an important source of information in connection with psychological processes. In our laboratories we measure parameters such as cardiac measures (heartbeat, cardiac output, pre-ejection period), skin conductance (SCL), respiration or physical activity. All these parameters are measured by attaching electrodes to the skin, which is not painful or debilitating. Most children even find this funny!