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300233 UE Special methods in human behavioral research (2016S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Attendance compulsory!


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 16 participants
Language: German



Preparatory meeting: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 1 p.m. (s.t.), attendance compulsory, Testing laboratory (Experimentierraum) at the Dept. of Anthropology (Raum 1.013), UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien.
Weekly meetings: on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., Testing laboratory (Experimentierraum) at the Dept. of Anthropology (Room 1.013), UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien.


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this practical course we introduce advanced techniques in human behavioral biology. Students learn how to work with sophisticated methods while carrying out a research project. Details are developed in collaboration with the students. The main focus is on the human face and body, human behavior, and their perception. The topic this term is scientific digital photography of human faces including image editing and the assessment of shape. Students are encouraged to apply modern techniques in data collection and advanced statistical tests in the analysis. The main aim of this course is to familiarize students with up-to-date technology and knowledge.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation, homework, little written tests, final presentation including slides

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A minimum of 50 points is required for the successful completion of the course. The single components are weighted as follows: regular attendance and active participation (20 points), homework (e.g., data collection, 30 points), written tests (20 points), laboratory notebook (10 points), oral presentation including slides (20 points).

Examination topics

Continuous assessment of course work (prüfungsimmanent)!

Reading list

Effect of viewing angle: Schneider, T. M., et al. (2012). Judging body weight from faces: The height -- weight illusion. Perception 41(1): 121-124.

Effect of lens: Trebicky V, Fialova J, Kleisner K, Havlicek J (2015) Focal length influences facial Width-to-Height Ratio. Conference paper: 34th workshop of the International School Of Ethology, Erice, Italy. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280012317

Further literature will be handed out during the course.

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