PercAction – Linking Perception to Action

The Research Group

Certain mechanisms allow for a direct influence on human behavior by means of perceptual content. To research this subject area, the Research Group combined methods of experimental psychology with those of the cognitive neurosciences.

The RG PercAction advanced the empirical work in two subareas:

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The sex-aggression link

Earlier research has shown that there is a link between sexual perceptual content and aggressive behaviour in male study participants: The presentation of sexual perceptual content leads to an increased tendency of showing aggressive behaviour. The Research Group examined this link with the methods of the cognitive neurosciences. To that end, an experimental paradigm was developed in 2004. This paradigm was pre-tested several times and refined. The first EEG examinations were performed.

FMRI examination concerning the comparison network

Processes of comparison play a central role in human judgement and behaviour. The constitute a possble link between perception and behaviour. The Research Group analysed the role of comparison processes in phenomena of automatic behaviour. In a first step, it was determined whether comparisons of social content activate the same brain structures as comparisons of non-social content. An experimental paradigm for the examination of this possibility using the method of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was developed and pre-tested. The first test surveys were performed at the Brain Imaging Center in Frankfurt.

Junge Akademie Magazin

An article reporting on the RG was published in issue 3 of the Junge Akademie Magazin:

Isabell Lisberg-Haag, Vom Reiz zur Aktion. Gehirnareale und Verhaltenstendenzen, JAM 3 (2006), S. 10f.

 

Members

  • Andreas Keil

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    Andreas Keil
    Cognitive Neuroscience
    University of Florida, Gainesville (USA)
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  • Alexandra M. Freund

    Alexandra M. Freund
    Psychology
    Universität Zürich (Schweiz)
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  • Björn Falkenburger

    Björn Falkenburger
    Medicine
    Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen
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  • Thomas Mussweiler

    Thomas Mussweiler
    Psychology
    Universität zu Köln
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  • David Linden

    David Linden
    Medicine / Philosophy
    Cardiff University (UK)
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  • Kärin Nickelsen

    Kärin Nickelsen
    History of Science
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
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