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Welcome to BPL

The Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory, established in 1986, is located in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.

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What is Psychophysiology?

Psychophysiology (from Greek ψῡχή, psȳkhē, "breath, life, soul"; φύσις, physis, "nature, origin"; and -λογία, -logia) is the branch of psychology that is concerned with the physiological bases of psychological processes. While psychophysiology was a general broad field of research in the 1960s and 1970s, it has now become quite specialized, and has branched into subspecializations such as social psychophysiology, cardiovascular psychophysiology, cognitive psychophysiology, and cognitive neuroscience.
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About Us

Our research group, led by Robert Levenson, Ph.D, seeks to understand the nature of human emotion in terms of its physiological manifestations, variations associated with age, gender, culture and clinical pathology, and the role emotion plays in interpersonal interactions. The laboratory also trains undergraduates and graduates in: techniques of psychophysiological measurement, the use of computers to process and analyze physiological data, and the coding and analysis of behavior and facial muscle movements.

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William James Fellow Award

Professor Robert Levenson recieves the APS William James Fellow Award


APS Mentor Award

Professor Robert Levenson recieves the APS Mentor Award



BCRN 2012

Decision making and emotion regulation in life-span transitions



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