The road to reliable and valid psychophysiological measurements and analyses: a practical course

Target group

PhD students that are using psychophysiological measures in their PhD project. Some background in Matlab programming is expected.    

Topic

In this specialist course, students will get in depth insights in two of the most common transdiagnostic physiological substrates of mental and physical health, namely heart rate (variability) and skin conductance.
During the two-day course, the doctoral student will be able to attend lectures and receive training by two international experts in the field. The doctoral student will acquire hands-on knowledge in creating study designs to ensure optimal data acquisition and will learn to perform adequate data pre-processing and state-of-the-art analysis techniques. Pre-processing and data analyses will be demonstrated using Matlab and Kubios (software for heart rate variability analysis). The doctoral student will be able to work with example data – made available for the purpose of the course – or bring his/her own data. The course will involve lectures and practical examples in writing out the results section of a scientific paper using physiological measures. See program below.

Objectives of the course

In sum, at the end of this course, the student should be able to adequately design, conduct, analyse and write out study results based on psychophysiological assessments.

Dates and Venue

  • Thursday 23 January + Friday 24 January 2020 from 9h00 till 18h00
  • Ghent Experimental Psychiatry Lab - University Hospital, Campus UZ Gent, Corneel Heymanslaan 10-Entrance 17, Vergaderzaal 1K12F (1st fl), Ghent, Belgium

Programme

23 January 2020 Time Prof. dr. Ottaviani, focus on heart rate (variability)
9:00 Arrival and lecturer’s introduction
9:15-11:00 Lecture on heart rate variability: physiological basis, review of key literature findings, translational significance and clinical application
11:00-11:15 Mid-morning break
11:15-13:00 Data acquisition, study simulations, examination of methodological issues
13:00-14:30 Lunch and informal discussions
14:30-16:00 Pre-processing and analysis with Kubios: length, artefact correction, normative values
16:00-16:15 Mid-afternoon break
16:15-17:30 Report findings (e.g., GRAPH - Guidelines for Reporting Articles on Psychiatry and Heart rate variability)
17:30-18:00 Wrap-up and discussion
24 January 2020
Time dr. Moretta, focus on skin conductance
9:00 Arrival and lecturer’s introduction
9:15-11:00 Lecture on electrodermal activity (EDA): historical background, physiological basis, Electrodermal measures, advantages and disadvantages of the use of EDA
11:00-11:15 Mid-morning break
11:15-13:00 Data acquisition, study simulations, examination of methodological issues
13:00-14:30 Lunch and informal discussions
14:30-15:45 Pre-processing, analysis, and statistics: a focus on the Skin Conductance Level (SCL), both tonic and phasic aspects
15:45-16:00 Mid-afternoon break
16:00-18:00 Wrap-up and general discussion of frequently asked questions prepared by the teachers

 

Registration

Registration link: https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/psychophysiologicalmeasurementsandanalyses

Participation is free of charge for PhD students of UGhent Doctoral Schools of Life Sciences & Medicine and Social and Behavioral Sciences and KU L.

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% presence at course

Number of participants

Maximum 20