Combining methodologies of cognitive psychology and eye-tracking to investigate impact of emotions on clinical reasoning

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ConferenceJoint Meeting of EARLI SIG 6 & 7
Conference date(s)27/08/1429/08/14

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DatePublished - Aug 2014
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish


Emotions can have significant effects on cognitive processes in decision-making. During medical training, students must learn to handle high-emotion or anxiety provoking situations such as breaking bad news. This project combines cognitive psychology methods of protocol analysis with eye-tracking to investigate the impact of emotion on clinical reasoning in first year medical students. Video and eye-tracking recordings were made of two scenarios with medical students and simulated patients, one less anxiety provoking and one more challenging. Immediately afterward, students provided an account of their reasoning and feelings using stimulated recall. Eye-track recordings, videos and stimulated recall were analysed to build an initial model of reasoning in novice medical students and the effects of emotions on that process. By combining several sources of data, the project aims to begin to understand the impact of emotion on patient interactions and ultimately to develop methods for helping students recognise and manage their reactions.

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