Stress and Emotion

University of Salzburg

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Core facility (CF)

Short Description

PHYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL LABS (examination and control room, sleep lab)
EXPERIMENTAL PARADIGMS: 3D virtual reality, eye-blink startle, pre-pulse inhibition,
olfactometer, electric stimulation, conditioning, biofeedback, IAPS, IADS, films, etc., ...
LAB MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS: TMSi Refa 72-channels, 4x TMSi Porti 32-channels, 64-channel dense array EEG, polysomnography, ECG, electrodermal activity, heart rate variability, impedance cardiography, blood pressure (Finapres 2300, Dinamap), facial electromyography, startle measurement, pulse plethysmography, skin temperature, respiration, pCO2, 3D-accelerometry, saliva samples, digital video recording, behavior coding (including facial reactions to emotions), electronic rating scales, psychometry, eye-tracker
AMBULATORY MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS: electronic diary apps and smartphones, Variolab, Vitaport-1, Vitaport-3, 3x VarioPort-B, 4x camntech motion watch, 2 mobile measurement stations for external lab implementation
SOFTWARE: E-Prime, Brain Vision Analyzer, ANSLAB, LIWC, Polybench

Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Frank Wilhelm

Research Services

Elicitation of stress and emotions in humans
Measurement and analysis of behavioral, cognitive, autonomic, endocrine and electrocortical indicators of stress and emotion while awake and during sleep
Objective measurement of emotions
Applied psychophysiology
Human-computer interaction
Driver monitoring
Ecological Momentary Assessment
Ambulatory psychophysiological assessment
Ecological Momentary Assessment
Ecological Momentary Intervention
Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy
Exposure therapy
Virtual reality therapy
Influence of pharmacological substances on processing stress and emotions
Influence of pharmacological substances on psychotherapy

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

The Clinical Stress and Emotion Lab is a research lab for elicitation, measurement and analysis of stress and emotion reactions in humans.
A large number of stimuli and experimental setups are used and behavioral, cognitive, autonomic, endocrine and electrocortical (64-channels) indicators of stress and emotions are measured during waking and sleep. When examining people with psychological disorders this allows developing a systemic perspective for understanding the mechanisms and processes relevant for clinical syndromes, taking into account neurocognitive, affective and social theories and relationships.
Lab examinations can be validated externally and supplemented through mobile psychophysiological measurement devices and smartphone-based surveys.

Prof. Dr. Frank Wilhelm
Fachbereich Psychologie
0043 662 8044 5103
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Graduate program “Imaging the Mind”
Perner, Schabus, Wilhelm, et al.

Regulation of emotional responding to social cues in social anxiety
Blechert, Wilhelm

Emotional, restrained and bulimic eating in lab and daily life
Blechert, Vögele, Wilhelm

NewEat: Transdiagnostic views on Eating disorders and obesity and new approaches for treatment
Social Pavlovian conditioning: Short- and long-term effects and the role of anxiety and depressive symptoms
Wiggert N., Wilhelm F.H., Boger S., Georgii C., Klimesch W. & Blechert J.
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 12(2) 329-339

The Pavlovian craver: Neural and experiential correlates of single Trial naturalistic food conditioning in humans
Blechert J., Testa G., Georgii C., Klimesch W. & Wilhelm F.H.
Physiology & Behavior 158 18-25

Exposure to social-evaluative video clips: Neural, facial-muscular, and experiential responses and the role of social anxiety
Wiggert N., Wilhelm F.H., Reichenberger J. & Blechert J.
Biological Psychology 110 59-67

High cardiac vagal control is related to better subjective and objective sleep quality
Werner G.G, Ford B.Q., Mauss I.B., Blechert J., Schabus M. & Wilhelm F.H.
Biological Psychology 106 79-85

Criticism hurts everybody, praise only some: Common and specific neural responses to approving and disapproving social-evaluative videos
Miedl S.F., Blechert J., Klackl J., Wiggert N., Reichenberger J., Derntl B. & Wilhelm F.H.
NeuroImage 132 138-147

ANSLAB: Integrated multi-channel peripheral biosignal processing in psychophysiological science
Blechert J., Peyk P., Liedlgruber M. & Wilhelm F.H.
Behavior Research Methods 48(4) 1528-1545

Higher vagal activity as related to survival in patients with advanced breast cancer: an analysis of autonomic dysregulation
Giese-Davis J., Wilhelm F.H., Tamagawa R., Palesh O., Neri E., Taylor C.B., Kraemer H.C. & Spiegel D.
Psychosomatic Medicine 77(4) 346-355

Smartphone based stress prediction
Stütz T., Kowar T., Kager M., Tiefengrabner M., Stuppner M., Blechert J., Wilhelm F.H. & Ginzinger S.
In: F. Ricci, K. Bontcheva, O. Conlan, S. Lawless (Eds.), User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (pp. 240-251). Berlin: Springer

Pre- to postsleep change in psychophysiological reactivity to emotional films: late-night REM sleep is associated with attenuated emotional processing
Werner G.G., Schabus M., Blechert J., Kolodyazhniy V. & Wilhelm F.H.
Psychophysiology 52(6) 813-825

Low levels of estradiol are associated with elevated conditioned responding during fear extinction and intrusive memories in daily life
Wegerer M., Kerschbaum H., Blechert J. & Wilhelm F.H.
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 116 145-154