Welcome to the website of the Human Motivation and Affective Neuroscience (HuMAN) laboratory! Research at the HuMAN Lab aims at providing a better
understanding of the physiological, cognitive, affective, and behavioral
aspects of motivation in humans. Our research has a strong emphasis
on nonconscious (i.e., implicit) motivational processes that occur and
influence behavior without the person becoming aware of them. We also explore
how implicit motives relate to and interact with people's
conscious goals and beliefs about their motivational needs.
The methods we use to explore these questions include non-declarative personality
measurement of salivary hormone levels, assessment of basic
functions, Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning, and brain
imaging. The HuMAN Lab
is supported by grants from the National
Science Foundation, the National
Institutes of Mental Health, and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
To find out more, please use the navigation menu at the top of the page.
Content-coding motive measures can be approximated with automated word counts
Many researchers are interested in working with the Picture Story Exercise (PSE), the most extensively validated measure of implicit motives, but are deterred by the amount of work necessary in training coders and having them content-code PSE stories. But now there may be a method that may allow researchers to approximate content-coded motive scores through the use of the inexpensive text-analysis software Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) by Pennebaker, Francis, and Booth (2001). In a paper recently published in Frontiers in Psychology, HuMAN-Lab director Oliver C. Schultheiss explores whether LIWC analyses of PSE stories yield motive scores that converge with scores resulting from content-coding of PSE stories . Find out more...
Example of a content-coded PSE story (from Schultheiss, 2013, Frontiers in Psychology)
Oliver C. Schultheiss (Friedrich-Alexander
University) and Joachim C. Brunstein (Justus-Liebig University)
are the editors of “Implicit Motives”, a new
book that brings together the latest and best in theory
and research on implicit motives. Written by leading authorities
in the field, chapters range from portrayals of power, achievement
and affiliation motives and their assessment to accounts
of how motives shape cognition and physiological changes,
their relationship with the needs people attribute to themselves,
and their role in culture and society.
The HuMAN-Lab provides research opportunities for foreign students interested in doing work that is closely related to the Lab’s mission. However, due to the requirements of the German university system, regular 3-year positions with a teaching load of 3 courses/year are only available to applicants with documented oral and written fluency in German. Applicants who can obtain a stipend (e.g., through the DAAD or funding agencies from their home country) are also welcome to apply. All applicants must have a master’s degree in psychology and must submit, along with documentation of their degrees, a curriculum vitae, a list of at least two individuals who can comment on their academic achievements, and a letter of intent that sketches out in 2 pages or less the specific research aims and interests of the candidate and how they fit the HuMAN Lab’s mission.
Andreas Rösch rejoins the HuMAN Lab as a freshly minted PhD
Andreas Rösch, who was a member of the HuMAN Lab from 2007 through 2011, has successfully defended in July, graduating summa cum laude. He will rejoin the lab in October, continuing his pioneering work on facial expressions in the context of implicit motives. Congatulations and welcome back, Andreas!
27 Februar, 2014