The measurement of psychophysiology, the physiological manifestations of psychological states, is practiced by collecting self-reports, by taking readings from instruments, and by assessing behaviors. In this course, we focus on the psychophysiological instrumentation employed in the study of emotion. Each module of this course is concerned with a locus or system of interest (including the face and eyes, and cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems), and is presented in three acts. In Act 1, we first review relevant affect science and physiology. Next, in Act 2, we examine the sensors to measure physiological changes attributable to affect. Concluding each module in Act 3, we discuss interpretation of these measurements. We close the course by considering topics in integrative psychophysiology: fusion across loci and systems, and the study of dyadic interaction.

Course prerequisite(s): 

585.613 Medical Sensors and Devices and 585.616 Principles of Medical Instrumentation and Devices are strongly recommended.