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The focus of the PAHA Lab is human psychophysiology and human adaptation. The lab's first study Cognition, Health and Computer Gaming is beginning in November 2009. This study will examine the influence that habitual computer game playing, such as World of Warcraft playing, may have on the body composition and "stress" response.
Another tool that is central to our current research is the Go/No-go Association Task (GNAT). The GNAT was developed by Brian Nosek and it is used to measure implicit social cognition. The GNAT is similar to the Implicit Attitude Task (IAT) that is used in social scientific studies of unconscious bias like stereotyping or racism. Unlike the IAT the GNAT only requires a single target category. Read more about the GNAT
Another key element in current PAHA Lab methodology are sound, image and word stimuli from the Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention (CSEA). The CSEA resources we are using include: IAPS, ANEW, and IADS media databases. These databases comprise hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures, words, and sounds whose psychophysiological characteristics have been extensively studied among North American populations.