Social cognition, motivation and interaction

University of Salzburg

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Core facility (CF)

Short Description

The research infrastructure allows for the recording of brain activity (electroencephalography: EEG, up to 64 channels), peripheral physiological activity (electrodermal activity, respiration, muscle activity, cardiac parameters such as heart rate, blood pressure and cardiac output), video and sound recording (with up to 4 cameras recording simultaneously) ), eye movements and pupil size (eye tracking, sampling rate:120 Hz).
In addition, software is available for the millisecond-accurate presentation of visual and auditory stimuli (Inquisit, E-Prime) as well as for the analysis of EEG data (BrainVision Analyzer), peripheral physiological signals (AcqKnowledge, Anslab) and videos (INTERACT). Furthermore, hardware and software for biofeedback (= visual and / or auditory feedback about physiological indicators such as heart rate) are available.
Social psychology research with the use of neuroscientific technologies is a central research subject.

Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Eva Jonas

Research Services

Evidence-based evaluation of measures and products with a scientific and holistic view (mind and body).
Peace psychology: analysis of the determinants of conflicts and escalation; how to promote nonviolent solutions to conflict?
Surveys on causes, effects, maintenance and solutions of political and societal challenges, and psychological and physiological factors around these challenges..
Environmental psychology: how sustainable attitudes and lifestyles can be promoted.
Media psychology: the impact of media on political behavior, emotion, motivation and cognition in media reception.

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

In general: data analysis, statistical modeling, scientific presentation, and publication of research results.
Psychology: conducting, analyzing and reporting the results of psychological experiments, especially in the field of social psychology; Quantitative and qualitative analysis of questionnaire- and behavioral data
EEG: event-related potentials, spectral analyses, wavelet analyses, frontal asymmetry, source localization
Peripheral physiology: physiological parameters; eye movement measurement and pupillometry.

Prof. Dr. Eva Jonas
Fachbereich Psychologie
0043 662 8044 5132
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Immo Fritsche, University of Leipzig, Germany
Ian McGregor, University of Waterloo, Canada
Eddie Harmon-Jones, University of New South Wales, Australien
Jeff Greenberg, University of Arizona, Unites States of America
Ana Guinote, University College London, UK
Martin Kronbichler, University Salzburg, Austria
Travis Proulx, Cardiff University, UK
Markus Quirin, University Osnabrück, Germany
Simone Kauffeld, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
Günter Maier, University Bielefeld, Germany
Kontrollmotivation und kollektive Identität: Testung eines Modells gruppenbasierter Kontrollrestauration
Eva Jonas, Immo Fritsche
DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), FWF Der Wissenschaftsfonds

Von der Angst zur Annäherung – ein einheitlicher Prozess
since 2015
Eva Jonas
FWF Der Wissenschaftsfonds

Graduate program “Imaging the Mind”
Perner, Schabus, Jonas, et al.
FWF Der Wissenschaftsfonds
Stress response stages and influences of biological sex and neuroticism
Poppelaars E.S., Klackl J., Pletzer B., Wilhelm F.H., Jonas E

Strength of socio-political attitudes moderates electrophysiological responses to perceptual anomalies
Reiss S., Klackl J, Proulx T, Jonas E

Frontal delta-beta cross-frequency coupling in high and low social anxiety: An index of stress regulation?
Poppelaars ES, Harrewijn A, Westenberg PM, van der Molen MJW
Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience

Perceived control increases the reward positivity and stimulus preceding negativity
Mühlberger C., Angus D., Jonas E., Harmon-Jones C., & Harmon-Jones E.

Inhibition Underlies the Effect of High Need for Closure on Cultural Closed-Mindedness under Mortality Salience
Agroskin D., Jonas E., Klackl J., Prentice M.
Frontiers in Psychology, 7(1583), 1–16

Threat and defense: From anxiety to approach
Jonas E., McGregor I., Klackl J., Agroskin D., Fritsche I., Holbrook C., Nash K., Proulx T., Quirin M.
Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (49th ed., pp. 219–286). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Existential neuroscience: Neurophysiological correlates of proximal defenses against death-related thoughts
Klackl J., Jonas E., Kronbichler M.
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8(3), 333–340.