Biophysical Measurement in Experimental Social Science Research - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128130926, 9780128130933

Biophysical Measurement in Experimental Social Science Research

1st Edition

Theory and Practice

Editors: Gigi Foster
eBook ISBN: 9780128130933
Paperback ISBN: 9780128130926
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 12th February 2019
Page Count: 359
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Biophysical Measurement in Experimental Social Science Research: Theory and Practice demonstrates the use of biophysical measurement in laboratory-based experimental social science research and the ways biophysical measures can inform analyses of human behavior. Noting the practical limitations of laboratory-based biophysical measurement, its contributors provide hands-on guidance about biophysical measurement devices. Its Introductory and concluding chapters address ethics, measurement options, and historical and scientific contexts. Highlighting examples of device adoption in experimental social science lab settings, this book makes these tools understandable and accessible to all.

Key Features

  • Demonstrates the strengths and limitations of tools in both research objectives and practicality
  • Provides hands-on guidance for device usage and data implementation, integration and assessment
  • Compares and contrasts the uses of biophysical data in research objectives and disciplines


Graduate and PhD students doing experimental research as part of their thesis or as part of a paper, particularly within experimental and behavioral economics, neuro-economics, cognitive psychology, and social psychology, and also possibly some experimental management and/or marketing. Established academics wishing to be brought up to speed on the latest measurement technology available in human behavior laboratories

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Wherefore biophysical measurement in social science?
2. Skin conductance/galvanic skin response
3. Heart rate variability and/or breathing patterns
4. Peripheral skin temperature
5. Muscle tension patterns
6. Eye tracking measures
7. Genetic measurement
8. fMRI and/or other direct neurological measures
9. Conclusion: The ethics, history, and practice of laboratory-based biophysical measurement for research purposes


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About the Editor

Gigi Foster

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Economics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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