Project Information

Kurt Lewin Instituut
Heidelberglaan 1
Room Number H1.42
3584 CS UTRECHT
The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)30 - 253 3027

Project Information

Project Title
" Pavlovian Instrumental transfer and its effect on interpersonal processes"

Institute
Universiteit Utrecht - Social, Health and Organizational Psychology

PhD Student
Kaiyang Qin

Supervisor(s)

Aarts Henk Promotor Utrecht University
Marien Hans Daily Supervisor Utrecht University

Period
1 September 2017 - 31 August 2021

Funding
grant from the Chinese Scholarship Council(CSC)


Summary

Cues are initiators  of  people’s behavior. By exploring how cues initiate people’s cognitive process and relevant behavior, we can better elucidate  the mechanism of decision making, goal-directied behavior and interpersonal processes. In this project, a new paradigm to measure the specific PIT(pavlovian instrumental transfer) effect will be constructed and validated.  The social rewards, such as pictures of smiling faces will be employed to elicit the specific PIT effect, and potential effect of  interpersonal factors(e.g. vicarious experience and communicated belief) on specific PIT  will also be explored. Collectively, this project aims to elucidate the mechanism of specific PIT in behavioral,  perceptive, neural level, by incorporating PIT effects in the investigation of outcome representations and extending this research to the interpersonal domain by integrating the emerging knowledge in interpersonal processes.


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