Experiments | Behavioral Domain

Behavioral domains are the categories and subcategories of mental operations likely to be isolated by the experimental contrast. Some experiments may have multiple behavioral domains.

Behavoral domain categories, marked with "All Subdomains", use data combined across multiple behavioral domains. They are shown here for informational purposes and are not intended for coding papers.

Behavioral domains that end in “Unspecified” are a placeholder for papers that do not precisely fit the current taxonomy. Sometimes this is because an experiment matches too many subdomains to list separately. For example, an experiment that displays faces emoting several different negative emotions could be coded with "Emotion.Negative.Unspecified" as an umbrella term instead of coding each of the specific Emotion.Negative subdomains.

Follow the Ⓕ link after each behavioral domain name to see an example dataset.

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Behavioral Domain Definition
Action -
All Subdomains 
The mental faculty associated with overt movements of the body.
Action.Execution -
All Subdomains 
The state or process of overtly moving.
Action.Execution.Speech  The state or process of overtly speaking.
Action.Execution.Unspecified  The state or process of executing an overt movement of the body (other than speech).
Action.Imagination  The state or process of imagining an overt movement of the body.
Action.Inhibition  The state or process of inhibiting an overt movement of the body.
Action.Motor Learning  The state or process of learning how to execute an overt movement of the body.
Action.Observation  The state or process of observing an overt movement of the body.
Action.Preparation  The state or process of preparing for an overt movement of the body.
Action.Rest  The state or process of resting from overt movements of the body.
Cognition -
All Subdomains 
The mental process of knowing, including the integration of awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment.
Cognition.Attention  The act or state of attending by applying the mind to any object of sense or thought.
Cognition.Language -
All Subtypes 
The mental faculty associated with knowledge of a system of objects or symbols, such as sounds or character sequences, that can be combined in various ways following a set of rules, especially to communicate thoughts, feelings, or instructions.
Cognition.Language.
Orthography 
The mental faculty associated with the part of language study concerned with letters and spelling.
Cognition.Language.
Phonology 
The mental faculty associated with knowledge of the distribution and patterning of speech sounds in a language and of the tacit rules governing pronunciation.
Cognition.Language.
Semantics 
The mental faculty associated with knowledge of meaning in language forms.
Cognition.Language.
Speech 
The mental faculty associated with knowledge of overtly or covertly speaking.
Cognition.Language.
Syntax 
The mental faculty associated with knowledge of the rules for the formation of grammatical sentences in a language.
Cognition.Language.
Unspecified 
The mental faculty associated with language but do not fall into any of the Cognition.Language subdomains.
Cognition.Memory -
All Subtypes 
The mental faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, or impressions, or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences.
Cognition.Memory.
Explicit 
The memory that consists of information stored and retrieved explicitly from the external world. This information is about a specific event that has occurred at a specific time and place. Associations are done with previously related stimuli or experiences in the formation, storage and subsequent retrieval of these memories.
Cognition.Memory.
Implicit 
The long-term memory of skills and procedures; is often not easily verbalized, but can be used without consciously thinking about it.
Cognition.Memory.
Working 
The memory for intermediate results that must be held during thinking.
Cognition.Memory.
Unspecified 
The mental faculty of remembering, but does not fit into the Cognition.Memory subdomains.
Cognition.Music  The mental faculty associated with the art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.
Cognition.Reasoning  The mental faculty of forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises.
Cognition.Social Cognition  The mental faculty associated with how people process social information, especially its encoding, storage, retrieval, and application to social situations.
Cognition.Somatic  The mental faculty associated with knowledge of one's body.
Cognition.Spatial  The mental faculty associated with awareness of the three-dimensional expanse in which all material objects are located and all events occur.
Cognition.Temporal  The mental faculty associated with the system of sequential relations that any event has to any other as past, present, or future.
Emotion -
All Subdomains 
The mental faculty of experiencing an affective state of consciousness such as joy, sorrow, fear, hate, etc.
Emotion.Intensity  How strong or intense an emotional stimulus is.
Emotion.Negative -
All Subdomains 
The experience of negative emotion; subsumes a variety of emotions including anger, contempt, disgust, guilt, fear, anxiety, hate, etc.
Emotion.Negative.Anger  An emotion of wrath or ire characterized by displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong.
Emotion.Negative.Anxiety  An emotion characterized by distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.
Emotion.Negative.Disgust  An emotion characterized by a strong distaste, nausea, or loathing.
Emotion.Negative.
Embarrassment 
An emotion charcterized by embarassment, disconcertment, or abashment.
Emotion.Negative.Fear  An emotion of being afraid aroused by distress, impending danger, evil, pain, etc.
Emotion.Negative.Guilt  A feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined.
Emotion.Negative.
Punishment/Loss 
The state of being deprived of or of being without something that one has had; a losing by defeat; failure to win or a penalty inflicted for an offense, fault, etc.
Emotion.Negative.
Sadness 
An emotion of sorrow or mourning characterized by unhappiness or grief.
Emotion.Negative.
Unspecified 
The experience of negative emotion which do not fall into one of the Emotion.Negative subdomains.
Emotion.Positive -
All Subdomains 
The experience of positive emotion; subsumes a variety of emotions including joy, happiness, contentment, love, etc.
Emotion.Positive.Happiness  An emotion of well-being ranging from contentment to intense joy (excluding humor).
Emotion.Positive.Humor  An emotion of characterized by a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement.
Emotion.Positive.
Reward/Gain 
Something given or received in return or recompense for service, merit, hardship, etc, or to get (something desired), especially as a result of one's efforts; to acquire as an increase or addition or as profit.
Emotion.Positive.
Unspecified 
The experience of positive emotion which do not fall into one of the Emotion.Positive subdomains.
Emotion.Valence  The intrinsic attractive­ness/"good"-ness (positive valence) or averse­ness/"bad"-ness (negative valence) of an event, object, or situation.
Interoception -
All Subdomains 
The mental faculty associated with sensitivity to stimuli originating inside of the body.
Interoception.
Baroregulation
The need to regulate blood pressure.
Interoception.Gastrointestinal / Genitourinary (GI/GU)  Awareness of pressure or distension in gastrointestinal or genitourinary systems, including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, bladder, anus, rectum.
Interoception.Heartbeat Detection  Awareness of one's heartbeat or a sensitivity of accurately detecting its pace or speed.
Interoception.Hunger  The need for food.
Interoception.
Osmoregulation
The need for the body's cells to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance with their surroundings.
Interoception.
Respiration Regulation 
The need for respiration.
Interoception.Sexuality  The need for sexual activity.
Interoception.Sleep  The need for the natural suspension, complete or partial, of consciousness.
Interoception.
Thermoregulation 
The need for the maintenance of a constant internal body temperature independent of the environmental temperature.
Interoception.Thirst  The need for liquid that causes a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat.
Interoception.Vestibular  Awareness of pressure or fullness within the ear.
Perception -
All Subdomains 
The mental faculty of apprehending knowledge by means of the senses.
Perception.Audition  The sense of hearing.
Perception.Gustation  The sense of tasting.
Perception.Olfaction  The sense of smelling.
Perception.Somesthesis -
All Subdomains 
The sensory systems associated with the skin, including touch, pressure, temperature and position.
Perception.Somesthesis.
Pain 
The senses of bodily perception associated with an unpleasant sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity as a consequence of injury, disease, or emotional disorder.
Perception.Somesthesis.
Unspecified 
The sensory systems associated with the skin, excluding sensing pain.
Perception.Vision -
All Subdomains 
The sense of sight.
Perception.Vision.
Color 
The visual perception of the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light.
Perception.Vision.
Motion 
The visual perception of the action or process of moving or of changing place or position.
Perception.Vision.
Shape 
The visual perception of the quality of a distinct object in having an external surface or outline of specific form or figure.
Perception.Vision.
Unspecified 
The sense of sight which do not fall into any of the Perception.Vision subdomains.

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