Pre-Conference Seminars

This year, two pre-conference seminars (no additional fees) will take place in rooms of the Bochumer Fenster on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. There are no additional fees for the workshops, so make sure to participate! If you would like to already arrive on Sunday to be ready for the pre-conference seminars in the morning, please choose this additional option during the registration process.
Parts of the Ruhr University Bochum are located in the Bochumer Fenster (former Stadtbad-Galerie), which can be found near Bochum Central Station. From there, you can easily reach Hotel acora and the conference site at the German Mining museum.

Everything you always wanted to know about SCRs
(Dr. Anna Gerlicher, Amsterdam & Dr. Manuel Kuhn, Maryland)

Skin conductance responses (SCRs) are among the most commonly used measures of conditioned responding in human fear conditioning. However, their wide prevalence comes with a wild variety of analysis approaches. This short seminar aims to help experienced researchers as well as the new PhD students to keep up to date with traditional (e.g. manual peak scoring, baseline-peak differences), newer (e.g. cvxEDA, Ledalab) and newest (e.g. Psycho-Physiological Modelling) analysis approaches and the pitfalls associated with any one of these. We will discuss advantages, requirements and limitations of SCR scoring methods, practical tips for experimental design and guidelines for best practice.


Model-based analyses of pupil responses
(Dr. Christoph Korn, Hamburg)

Recently, pupil size responses have gained revived interest by the research community because they relate to various cognitive and emotional processes – in particular fear conditioning. This short seminar aims to present why pupil size responses are an interesting metric and how they can be analyzed in using model-free and model-based approaches. Parts of the analysis procedure including the preprocessing pipeline will be shown in the freely available Matlab toolbox PsPM. We will also discuss which points to consider when designing and conducting pupil experiments (e.g., controlling for luminance changes, etc.).