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.

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Behavioral Domain Definition
Action The mental faculty associated with overt movements of the body.
Action.Execution  The state or process of executing an overt movement of the body (other than speech).
Action.Execution.Speech  The state or process of overtly speaking.
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 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  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.
(Only used for experiments which do not fall into one of the following Cognition.Language subdomains.)
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.Memory  The mental faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, or impressions, or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences.
(Only used for memory experiments which do not fall into Implicit, Explicit or Working subdomains.)
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.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 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  The experience of negative emotion subsumes a variety of emotions including anger, contempt, disgust, guilt, fear, anxiety, hate, etc.
(Only used for experiments which do not fall into one of the following subdomains.)
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.Positive  The experience of positive emotion subsumes a variety of emotions including joy, happiness, contentment, love, etc.
(Only used for experiments which do not fall into one of the following subdomains.)
Emotion.Positive.Happiness  An emotion of well-being ranging from contentment to intense joy (excluding humor).
Emotion.Positive.Happiness.
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.Valence  The intrinsic attractiveness/"good"-ness (positive valence) or averseness/"bad"-ness (negative valence) of an event, object, or situation.
Emotion.Other  Any affective processes that qualify as Emotion, but do not fit into any of the other Emotion sub-domains.
Interoception 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 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  The sensory systems associated with the skin, including touch, pressure, temperature and position. (Excluding sensing pain, which should be explicitly coded as Somesthesis.Pain).
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.Vision  The sense of sight.
(Only used for vision experiments which do not fall into Color, Motion or Shape.)
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.

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