Maciek Behnke visited Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory (Stanford University, California) headed by Professor James J. Gross. During the three months of his internship (July - September 2018), he completed the psychophysiological training on data collection, data analysis, and preprocessing of full medical grade polysomnography (PSG) studies including electroencephalography (EEG), electrocardiography (ECG), impedance cardiography (ICG), electromyography (EMG), and skin conductance measures. Maciej also visited psychophysiological laboratories at UC San Francisco (Prof. Wendy B. Mendes) and UC Berkley (Prof. Iris Mauss and Prof. Robert Levenson). Maciej was invited to present his Ph.D. project during scientific meetings at Stanford University and UC San Francisco. His visit was funded by National Science Center grant PRELUDIUM (UMO-2017/25/N/HS6/00814) awarded to Maciej Behnke and supervised by Lukasz Kaczmarek.
We are extremely happy that our colleague, Dariusz Drążkowski, has been recognized as one of the best early career scientists in Poland. He has been awarded START Scholarship for the most talented early career scientists. It is an annual award funded by the Foundation for Polish Science. Having collaborated with Dariusz for several years, we have known him as an incredibly resourceful, creative, hard-working, and joyful individual with an enormous potential for learning and using his skills to advance science. Notably, he has been highly devoted to the facilitation of research activities among students. We wish you, Darek, an endless chain of professional and family success!
Łukasz Kaczmarek presented a workshop during the Spring School of Evolutionary Psychology, (May 4-6, 2018 in Poland). His presentation "Physiological and observational methods for the measurement of emotions" covered new methods in peripheral physiology and facial behavior analysis. This event was organized by the Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies and the Institue of Psychology at University of Wroclaw.
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.