Research in the Faculty of Psychology

Brain and Cognition Lab

The Brain and Cognition Lab is a laboratory within the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Akureyri. It is equipped with a 32-channel EEG system and eye-tracking facilities. The lab also includes also computing facilities for processing our research data, and for computational modelling.
Current research topics in the lab include, for example, visual attention and memory, emotional arousal biases of attention, synesthesia, retrieval effects of memory, short term memory architecture, EEG studies in seasonal affective disorder, and reliability of quantitative EEG.
We welcome undergraduate and master’s students in the lab, undertaking research within the scope of their theses or as research assistants, and the lab facilities and associated research methods are incorporated in our teaching at the Faculty of Psychology.

Communication and Relationships Research Lab (CoRe Lab)

The CoRe research group has been conducted research on emotion, emotion regulation, and relationship processes and their impact on our daily life. Our projects include the development of romantic relationships, emotional synchrony, interpersonal emotion regulation, modeling interpersonal emotional processes, adult attachment, health behavior, and moral decisions. We study with individuals, couples, and families using a multi-method approach that includes measurement of vocal behaviors, autonomic physiology, observation of behavior, and repeated self-reports (e.g., daily diary) taken in real time over periods ranging from minutes to days.

Social and Emotional Development Lab (SosGeLab)

In the Social and Emotional Development Lab, we study how babies and children engage in moral behaviors and active learning behaviors, and what role the social (e.g., parents, peers) and cultural environment plays in shaping these processes. To conduct this work, we use a variety of methodological approaches (e.g., behavioral experiments, naturalistic observations, looking-based paradigms) across a range of ages (mainly 6 months through adolescence, but also with adults) and diverse cultural groups.

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