Research groups

  • focuses on an extensive experimental research of morality both in the laboratory and in the field
  • investigates the relationship between dispositional, self-declared morality and situational morality
  • utilizes HUME lab’s high-tech equipment, which enables researchers to induce highly realistic moral situations and advance behavioural and physiological measurements (e.g., changes in hormonal levels of testosterone and cortisol, in heart rate and body surface temperature or galvanic skin response), which helps to overcome currently inadequate research methodology based on investigating unrealistic and thematically limited dilemmas and abstract thought experiments
  • is inherently interdisciplinary as it innovatively and organically combines expertise in educational sciences, moral philosophy, moral psychology, behavioural experimental sciences, religious studies, cognitive neuroscience, and computer graphics and design


Priming by environmental Agency cues

Research team members: Jan Krátký, Tomáš Hampejs, Panagiotis Mitkidis
Decisions made in everyday situations are carried out in complex environments rich in socially salient cues that influence the  individual’s decisions. One particularly common and salient aspect of the environment involves cues related to intentional agents, whether they be our conspecifics, non-human species or supernatural beings. In line of studies conducted both in laboratory and natural settings we seek to explore the effect of agency cues on prosociality based on type stimuli and degree of realism.

Anxiety and Ritualized behavior

Research team members: Jan Krátký, Martin Lang
Despite the wide occurrence of ritual behavior in humans and animals, much of its causal underpinnings, remain unknown. A prominent line of research focuses on ritualization as a response to anxiogenic stimuli. By manipulating anxiety levels, and subsequently assessing motor behavior dynamics, we seek to explore the relations among physiological as well as individually appreciated stress and motor ritualization. A studies were conducted both in laboratory and cultural settings with Marathi population in Mauritius.


Research team members: Radek Kundt, Jakub Cigán, Eva Kundtová Klocová, Jan Horský, Jan Krátký, Martin Lang, Monika Bystroňová, Peter Maňo

  • focuses on laboratory behavioural research on the relationship between dispositional and situational morality in cheating and fairness
  • improves psychometric tools used in the research of moral foundations, including its applicability for cross-cultural research
  • conducts research on situational cheating in relation to declared fairness and religious priming
  • interdisciplinary research of human interaction with various computer interfaces and visualizations types
  • focuses on an extensive experimental research of cognitive processes and human behavior, especially perception, decision-making and patterns of sensory-motor action
  • investigates the relationship between specific setting of user interface and human behavior
  • utilizes HUME lab’s high-tech equipment to reveal dynamic nature of human cognitive processes and behavior
  • various devices such as wide screen 3D projection, active/passive 3D glasses, head-mounted displays, wireless control devices (Wii RC) or tracking systems (Motion Capture system for the body movements tracking or Eye-tracking system), are used to measure the human responses in experimental as well as real tasks simulations
  • brings a new insight in relevant research questions - we combine expertise in psychology, IT science, moral philosophy, methodology, behavioral science and computer graphics and design


User interface equivalency

Research team members: Vojtěch Juřík, Pavel Ugwitz, Lukáš Herman, Čeněk Šašinka, Zdeněk Stachoň
The different settings of user interfaces can lead to various ways of interaction and outcomes when solving tasks in such interfaces. The influence of used technologies (e.g. specific control device or visual display) inducing different phenomena such as presence, available degrees of freedom and cognitive load, are explored with respect to the human performance in spatial orientation, memory recollection and perception accuracy. The results are evaluated and interpreted regarding the ergonomic UI design and human factors.

Virtual Collaboration

Research team members: Čeněk Šašinka, Vojtěch Juřík, Pavel Ugwitz, Lukáš Herman, Zdeněk Stachoň, Kateřina Chmelařová, Jiří Chmelík, Milan Doležal
The virtual collaboration is the promising issue in many applied areas and its features are explored from more than one point of view. Within our study we measure the interaction process of remote collaborators (on different places) in their ability to correctly evaluate the virtual geographical content.

Embodied Morality

Research team members: Jan Nehyba, Vojtěch Juřík, Čeněk Šašinka, Kamila Vlčková, Pavel Ugwitz, Kateřina Chmelařová, Jan Pospíchal, Jiří Chmelík
Human decisions in real life situations are usually different from the laboratory experiments and surveys. Human decision-making is strongly subjected to the context of a specific situations. The aim of current study is to reveal the influence of embodiment on the moral decision-making in realistic simulations. The alternative control devices such as computer keyboard compared to lever are explored with respect to participant’s tendency to act or freeze in trolley dilemma simulating tasks.

3D geovisualization

Research team members: Vojtěch Juřík, Lukáš Herman, Čeněk Šašinka, Zdeněk Stachoň, Jiří Chmelík
The virtual visualization entered the 3D era and the effectivity of 3-dimensional virtual environments and displays is increasingly tested and evaluated. Within current research we compare the different types of static and interactive 3D geovisualizations (e.g. strong and weak 3D visualization), especially with respect to perceptive accuracy and motor patterns of interaction. The results are discussed regarding the user experience and human factors.

The research infrastructure provides a state-of-the-art facility and equipment for experimental research focused on a variety of aspects of the human condition, such as social solidarity, group hierarchy and group dynamics, educational communication in the classroom, emotional processing, empathy and trust, cooperation in groups, religious thought and behaviour, etc., as seen from the perspective of different disciplines within the Social Sciences and Humanities (anthropology, archaeology, economics, education, history, linguistics, psychology, and religious studies).

Apart from supporting research, HUME lab’s activities include organisation of workshops, seminars and conferences or introductory courses for M.A. and Ph.D. students led by international experts with a “hands on/learn by doing” approach, webinars with presentations of novel experimental protocols by researchers in Experimental Humanities from around the world.

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