Applied Fields: Psychophysiology


The major focus of this entry will be to provide a clear rationale for the application of psychophysiological approaches and methods to areas of applied psychology. We will examine the reasons for their application, the psychological constructs and processes to be assessed, the methods employed, and specific issues concerning applied uses of these techniques. Specific guidance on psychophysiological recording has been dealt with elsewhere, together with entries on brain activity and ambulatory monitoring. For background reading and a general reference source, Cacioppo, Tassinary and Berntson's Handbook of Psychophysiology, 2nd Edition (2000) is recommended. Other useful introductory texts include Caccioppo and Tassinary (1990), Hugdahl (1995) and Stern, Ray and Davis (1980).

Definitions and Constructs

Psychophysiology can be loosely defined as the study of psychological constructs and processes ...

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