Behavioral Psychology (also called "Psychology of Learning" and "Behavior Analysis"): Research in this subfield within psychology is concerned with applied topics -- ones with social and/or clinical importance -- in which case the subfield is referred to as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or Behavior Modification. Research is also concerned with basic psychological phenomena within the experimental analysis of behavior.
- autism intervention (teaching children with autism to engage in functional, socially and clinically important, age-appropriate behavior)
- affective behavior of children with autism (teaching children with autism to respond to affective/emotion-laden events)
- independent engagement and schedule-following behavior of children with autism
- stimulus control of behavior (manipulating environmental events to modify human behavior)
- concept formation and stimulus equivalence (using conditional discriminations to form concepts or stimulus classes. This research area borrows mathematical properties of reflexivity, symmetry, and transitivity, and applies them to a behavioral/psychological relations)
Contact: Dr. Nidal Daou – email@example.com
- Cognitive musicology (generation of novel motor-auditory sequences, cognitive theories of improvisation, multisensory integration in improvisational performance);
- Sense of agency (agency in joint human-robot actions, self-agency bias in joint actions, agency in altered gravity environments);
- Haptics (sense of agency in haptic virtual environments, implicit cross-modal mapping, bimanual manipulation).
Contact: Dr. Nadiya Slobodenyuk – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Creativity: (a) neural basis of creative thinking; (b) flow states; (c) evolutionary perspectives on creativity.
- Consciousness: (a) transient hypofrontality theory; (b) functional neuroanatomy of altered states; (c) altered states of consciousness as adaptation; (d) consciousness-altering rituals across cultures.
- Exercise and mental function: (a) transient hypofrontality theory; (b) neural basis of exercise-induced changes to emotion and cognition; (c) endocannabinoid system; (d) creativity.
Contact: Dr. Arne Dietrich – email@example.com
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