Serendipitously, we had an opportunity for hands-on experience with a laser Doppler velocimeter. This is an extremely powerful technology that measures blood microcirculation (using blood cells passage in the facial tissue, i.e., perfusion). For psychophysiologists, it is powerful because it provides an insight into the cardiovascular effects in the region that is the most central to the human non-verbal expression of emotions, e.g., blushing. It is also powerful because it is extremely easy to use. Most methods of cardiovascular measurement tend to be a bit annoying, e.g., placing electrodes on your naked chest or wearing cuffs that press your arm or your finger. For the laser Doppler velocimeter, it is fair enough if you just stick a tiny sensor on your cheek with a two-sided adhesive. From the biosignal, you can easily calculate pulse rate and its variability as well as other parameters that are less explored in psychophysiology such as a tonic increases and decreases in microcirculation, i.e. when individuals blush or their face pale due to emotions. This meeting was organized by dr hab. Przemysław Guzik (Poznań University of Medical Science). The presentation was delivered by Sebastian Kąkol (KonkiMed, Poland).
We are PoH Lab members. We are 29 years old on the average and we live in Poland. We thought that you should know that this year we have been extra nice. We successfully applied for new grants, wrote manuscripts and dissertations, collected a lot of wonderful physiological data, and learned a lot of new methods for data analysis. We always kept our lab tidy and we never drunk or ate in it. We have a few special Christmas wishes. They are:
We are very excited about your visit.”
Maciej Behnke was awarded a research grant by the National Science Center towards his Ph.D. thesis. His project "Affective psychophysiological model of challenge and threat in e-sport" will extend our research on video gaming and will develop a new psychophysiological model accounting for affective, motivational, and behavioral phenomena occurring during an e-sports competition and their impact on gamers' performance.
Michał Misiak took an internship at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was supervised by Daniel Kruger, Ph.D., who studies human health from the evolutionary perspective. During his internship, Michał Misiak, worked on his research project.
The internship was funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education as part of Diamond Grant (No. DI2014011344) awarded to Michał Misiak and supervised by Lukasz Kaczmarek.
... a Pokémon research article. It is a spin-off of our lab research interests; yet a spin-off that we are particularily proud of. We found that it is not catching Pokemon but catching other people that is the most engaging aspect of this wonderful game. Furthermore, health benefits of Pokemon GO playing depend on specific motivations: individuals with strong social and health motivation for playing benefit the most. Individuals with strong achievements motivation benefit the least. Read a free full text to learn more about this new game and the reasons why it is so important to study.
We were delighted to present a part of our most recent work during the XI Health Psychology Conference that took place in May 12-14th 2017 in Poznan (Poland). This is the most influencial health psychology conference in Poland organized biennially by Health Psychology Division of the Polish Psychological Association. We had an opportunity to share for the first time our hot findings regarding Pokemon GO gaming benefits and challenge-approach physiological processes during an e-sport performance (a real Counter-Strike: GO competition!). These presentations also mark our increasing interest in the newest technologies.
We had the pleasure to host a group of high school students interested in psychology today. Maciej Behnke presented his study on e-sports, where players play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive while their physiology and behavior are monitored. Students had the opportunity to see this study from two perspectives: the study participant and the researcher. This event was organized by Polish Association of Psychology Students and Graduates and Institute of Psychology at Adam Mickiewicz University. Thank you for your visit!