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.
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Exploiting the full potential of thematic apperception through profile analysis
In a new paper, Oliver and Maria Schultheiss argue that the picture story exercise (PSE), a measure of implicit motives, has not been put to its full diagnostic use for a long time. This is because researchers using the PSE typically sum scored imagery across pictures to get a total score that is then used in prediction. Schultheiss and Schultheiss present evidence that a lot of the diagnostic potential of the PSE resides in the scores generated by specific picture cues, however. For instance, motive scores are stable because the pattern in which individuals respond to each picture cue remains stable from one testing occasion to the next (see figure; solid line = first occasion, striped line = second occasion) . . .Find out more...
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!
14 Oktober, 2013