Brain and Behavior

Semester: SS 19
Lecturer: Univ.-Lekt. Mag. Dr.rer.nat. Elisabeth Oberzaucher

This course dealt with the complex mechanisms that link cognitive processes to behavioral outcomes. The two main foci were social behavior and environmental psychology. We discussed the evolutionary basis, the developmental manifestation and the modulation through external and internal factors. We aimed to identify global patterns as well as cultural and individual differences and tried to develop methods to reduce ambiguities in cross-cultural communication based on theoretical understanding.

Literature

  • Bennett, Craig M.; et al. “Neural Correlates of Interspecies Perspective Taking in the Post-Mortem Atlantic Salmon: An Argument For Proper Multiple Comparisons Correction.” Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results 1, no. 1 (2009): 1-5.
  • Wansink, Brian; et al. “Bottomless Bowls: Why Visual Cues of Portion Size May Influence Intake” Obesity Research 13, no. 1 (2005).
  • Whitehead, Ross; et al. “Appealing to Vanity: Could Potential Appearance Improvement Motivate Fruit and Vegetable Consumption?” American Journal of Public Health 102, no. 2 (2012).