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Department Facilities

The Department of Psychology has research space to support faculty and graduate student research in a wide variety of areas. These facilities include individual labs as well as a centralized computer lab solely for data collection, a room for survey research, and state-of-the-art observation rooms.

The Department also has facilities to cater to the needs of academic instruction and the day-to-day administrative activities required to ensure the smooth operation of an academic department with a large number of majors.

A list of labs and equipment is included below.

ERP Research
Event-Related Potentials Research

 

Computer Labs:

The Classroom Computer Lab, located in ELA 224, is a large classroom for teaching statistical analysis and research methods using actual software used in psychological research. The lab contains 40 Windows-based workstations with Microsoft Office, SPSS Statistical Software, and a classroom projection system. This lab is only open to scheduled classes.

The Research Computer Lab, located in UAC 008, is a special purpose research lab for data collection. This lab contains 13 Windows-based workstations with Microsoft Office, SPSS Statistical Software, and specialized research software. This room is access-controlled by key card.

The Data Entry Lab, located in the UAC 225, has seven Windows-based computers available for graduate students and other research assistants to enter and manage data collected from experiments. These machines are equipped with Microsoft Office, SPSS Statistical software, and specialized research software. This room is access controlled by key card.

Finally, 12 Windows-based workstations are located in the graduate assistant room, UAC 258. These machines are solely for use by Psychology graduate students and the room is access-controlled by key card.

Research Labs:

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Basic Electrophysiology Labs

The Department of Psychology has two basic electrophysiology labs (approximately 150 sq ft each) with equipment appropriate for recording and analysis of electrophysiological data such as continuous blood pressure, galvanic skin response, heart rate, respiration and muscle responses. Specifically, both labs are equipped with multi-channel Biopac MP 150 workstations for Windows running Acknowledge v3.8.2 (Biopac Systems, Goleta, CA) for the recording and analysis of electrophysiological data.

Behavioral Testing Labs

There are 5 labs in the Department of Psychology, each with equipment appropriate for the recording and analysis of behavioral data.  These labs house computer equipment (2 Dell PC Optiplex 760 workstations) running Superlab versions 2.0.1 and 4.0.7 (Cedrus, San Pedro, CA) and ePrime (Psychology Software Tools, Sharpsburg, PA) for the recording and analysis of behavioral data such as reaction time and accuracy.

Event-related Potentials Lab

The Department of Psychology has an ERP lab, with a sound-insultated, electronically-shielded recording chamber, containing a comfortable chair, computer, monitor, headphone, electrode interface panel and button box.  ERP analysis and source localization are performed in an adjacent 150 sq ft dedicated ERP data storage and analysis lab.  The ERP lab houses a 64-channel SymAmps2 Neuroscan system (high resolution EEG acquisition system) and a Polhemus FASTRAK digitizer to enable source analysis and coregistration of electrode placement across multiple sessions with the same participant.  Computing facilities with ERP analysis and source localization software (SCAN 4.3 and CURRY) are also available.

Sleep Lab

The sleep lab consists of two rooms: a subject room containing a bed and computer workstation, and a recording room with computers for data acquisition and analysis of computers with ERP analysis and source localization software (SCAN 4.3 and CURRY, Neuroscan), and specialized software for quanification and analysis of EEG sleep data (Prana, PhiTools).

Salivary Analysis Lab

The salivary analysis laboratory is a dedicated 200 sq ft wet lab in the Department of Psychology, currently set up to analyze salivary cortisol, IgA, testosterone, and DHEA.  the salivary analysis laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including the following:  microtitration plate shaker, dual wavelength microtitration place reader with 450nm and 620nm correction, vortex mixer, centrifuge, autoclave, precision and semi-automatic pipettes and refrigerated/freezer storage for saliva samples. 

Eye-Tracking Labs

The Department of Psychology houses an Eye-tracking Lab (approximately 150 sq ft) for eye data recording, analysis and eye-movement metric deveolpment. The lab is equipped with the ISCAN video-based corneal reflection Eye-Tracker (Woburn, MA) for eye movement recording.  The ISCAN is non-invasive eye-tracker system that has the following characteristics: sampling rate- 60Hz, accuracy 0.5°, spatial resolution 0.3°, and drift 0.3°. Data analysis employs custom programming written in MATLAB (version 7.6, Mathworks, Inc.)

Transcranial Doppler Lab

This lab (approximately 150 sq ft) houses a two-channel 2 MHz (bilateral) transcranial laser Doppler system and a computer workstation.  The) transcranial laser Doppler system runs Sonara spectral analysis software (CardinalHealth, Madison,WI).  Data analysis employs custom programming written MATLAB (version 7.6, Mathworks, Inc.)

Intrapersonal Interaction Labs

The Department of Psychology has 4 observation rooms with cameras and computers, and a control room for observing and recording interpersonal interactions.

Group Survey and Computer Testing Labs

As noted above, the Department of Psychology houses a group survey lab, a computer testing lab with 13 computers, and additional lab space for the collection of behavioral data and for data entry and analysis.  The group survey lab is used for group testing, such as stimulus norming and collection of survey data.  The computer testing lab includes Superlab 2.0.1 for collection computerized data in a group setting.