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ReMa-IDA: Biological and Physiological Correlates of Individual Differences
Course info
Course module400927-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Medical and Clinical Psychology; Medical and Clinical Psychology;
Is part of
M Individual Differences and Assessment (research)
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
dr. M.I. van den Heuvel, PhD
Other course modules lecturer
Lecturer
prof. dr. W.J. Kop
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Lecturer
dr. H.M. Kupper
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Lecturer
dr. P.M.C. Mommersteeg
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Lecturer
prof. dr. T. Smeets
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Academic year2020
Starting block
BLOK 1
Course mode
Full-time
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 17/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021
Aims
The psychology of individual differences strives to understand how and why people differ in their cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning. These individual differences have their origin in the interaction between genes and environmental exposures. Moreover, individual differences are expressed in physiological functioning, which may have consequences for health and disease. The current course addresses the biological processes underlying individual differences by a discussion of psychophysiological processes and measures related to individual differences. The course also zooms in on the genetic underpinnings of individual differences by examining principles and applications of human behavioral genetics. Students will learn to assess psychophysiological parameters in experimental and naturalistic settings and will be introduced to the principles of behavioral genetic analysis.
 
Learning goals
After completion of this course students …
1. Can analyze and explain the complex relations between mental and bodily processes in the context of individual differences, making use of important psychological theories on individual differences and the psychological sub-discipline of psychophysiology. Students are able to report and present results in this research area  (end terms 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 4.1, 4.4).
2. Understand and are able to discuss the role of genes and environment in determining individual differences in personality, psychopathology, and how they relate to psychophysiological processes (1.2, 1.3, 2.1).
3. Can discuss measurement considerations regarding the psychophysiological processes, and integrate these with theoretical knowledge on individual differences to design, execute, report & reflect on psychophysiological experiments in individual differences research. (end terms: 2.5, 3.1, 4.1, 4.4, 5.2)

Specifics
Students are required to
* attend 100% of the classes and practicals
* in 2020 due to Covid-19, we want the students to complete the graded assignments (30%, retake = one large alternative assignment), and take an oral exam (70%) with at least a sufficient grade. 
The assignment grades are valid for a period of 2 years.
 

 
Content
Lectures
INTRO
Lecture 1 - Why the biological basis of individual differences is relevant to a large field of study

PERSONALITY & THE BRAIN
Lecture 1 - Personality & physiological arousal
Instant expert assignment

INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN COGNITION (EEG)
Lecture 3 - EEG as a measure to assess individual differences in cognition
Lecture 4 - ERP as a measure to assess individual differences in cognition
Show and tell EEG session 

INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN STRESS REACTIVITY: THE HEART-BRAIN CONNECTION
Lecture 5 - How the brain steers the heart and vessels: the autonomic nervous system
Lecture 6 - Interactive: Designing the best stress reactivity study
Lab session – try out stress reactivity study, measuring ECG + Assignment
Lecture 7 - Individual differences in exercise & exercise physiology
 
INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN EMOTION
Lecture 8 - Felt & expressed emotion
Lab session - measuring facial expression
Lecture 9 - Emotion and arousal: two intertwined factors
Lecture 10 - Emotions and the brain
 
EMOTION REGULATION
Lecture 11 - Cortisol as an emotion regulator
Lecture 12 - Individual differences in fear regulation
Lab session – Emotion regulation experiment with psychophysiological measures + assignment
 
 
NATURE VS NURTURE: THE ROLE OF GENES AND ENVIRONMENT IN DETERMINING INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Lecture 13 - Heritability of traits
Discussion

Lecture 14 - Recap (in this lecture you are in charge, and we will discuss what you found most complex)

 
Course available for exchange students
Research Master level, conditions apply
Contact person
dr. H.M. Kupper
Timetable information
ReMa-IDA: Biological and Physiological Correlates of Individual Differences
Required materials
Literature
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to Psychophysiology
ISBN:9780805849516
Title:Psychophysiology, Human Behavior and Physiological Response
Author:John L. Andreassi
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Inc
Edition:5
Literature
Each lecture, we will use several recent research papers and reviews on individual differences and psychophysiology. Please see the study syllabus for detailed information such as references.
Recommended materials
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Tests
Oral

3 Assignments

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