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Biophysical Measurement in Experimental Social Science Research. Theory and Practice

  • ID: 4612864
  • Book
  • February 2019
  • Elsevier Science and Technology

Biophysical Measurement in Experimental Social Science Research is an ideal primer for the experimental social scientist wishing to update their knowledge and skillset in the area of laboratory-based biophysical measurement. Many behavioral laboratories across the globe have acquired increasingly sophisticated biophysical measurement equipment, sometimes for particular research projects or for financial or institutional reasons. Yet the expertise required to use this technology and integrate the measures it can generate on human subjects into successful social science research endeavors is often scarce and concentrated amongst a small minority of researchers. This book aims to open the door to wider and more productive use of biophysical measurement in laboratory-based experimental social science research. Suitable for doctoral students through to established researchers, the volume presents examples of the successful integration of biophysical measures into analyses of human behavior, discussions of the academic and practical limitations of laboratory-based biophysical measurement, and hands-on guidance about how different biophysical measurement devices are used. A foreword and concluding chapters comprehensively synthesize and compare biophysical measurement options, address academic, ethical and practical matters, and address the broader historical and scientific context. Research chapters demonstrate the academic potential of biophysical measurement ranging fully across galvanic skin response, heart rate monitoring, eye tracking and direct neurological measurements. An extended Appendix showcases specific examples of device adoption in experimental social science lab settings.

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1. Eye Tracking as a Tool for Examining Cognitive Processes 2. Brain Morphometry for Economists: How do Brain Volume Constraints Affect Our Choices? 3. fMRI in Economics: What Functional Imaging of the Brain Can Add to Behavioral Economics Experiments 4. Skin Conductance in the Study of Politics and Communication 5. Steroid Hormones in Social Science Research 6. An Interoceptive Walk Down Wall Street 7. Mind, Body, Bubble! Psychological and Biophysical Dimensions of Behavior in Experimental Asset Markets 8. Opportunities and Challenges of Portable Biological, Social, and Behavioral Sensing Systems for the Social Sciences 9. Can Social Scientists Use Molecular Genetic Data to Explain Individual Differences and Inform Public Policy? 10. Conclusion

Appendix 1. Getting Started With Eye Tracking 2. Using Heart Rate Variability Measures in Social Science Research

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Gigi Foster School of Economics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Gigi Foster is an Associate Professor with the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales, and holds a BA from Yale majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland. Her work spans many literatures, including education, social influence, corruption, lab experiments, and time use. She has authored or edited over 25 academic works published in a wide variety of economic and multidisciplinary outlets with co-authors from around the world. She serves the profession in many roles, including as the most junior female member of Australia's National Economic Panel.
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