Research labs and facilities

Based in the Chritchley and Best Buildings, the Department of Psychology has exclusive use of eight experimental rooms, each with one or two computers. We also have a number of studios with a range of computers and equipment.

Software

All the machines are connected to the University network, which allows users to access software such as Microsoft Office, SPSS, email, internet and the Library Catalogues. Additionally, there is much specialist psychological software available for use, including MedCalc, Mplus, E-Prime, SuperLab, Poser, FaceGen, Biopac, BeGaze, Observer and GENEActiv user interface software. There is also an observation suite with a video processing room containing specialist image processing software, plus two interview rooms.

 

Equipment

The Department uses numerous pieces of specialist equipment housed in the small experimental rooms and larger laboratories:

  • The eye tracker system will allow you to see and follow where a person looks, and from where visual cues are picked up. It is mobile, so can be used in numerous locations. This system allows research into areas such as driver focus, packaging-based product choice, motor movement and face recognition.
  • A stability platform with accompanying psychomotor software demonstrates various aspects of motor development, coordination and balance.
  • Numerous Biopac machines allow measurement of numerous physiological-based experiments, including ECG, EEG, EMG and GSR.
  • The Dynavision 2 system is a reaction-time vision trainer that can show the results of competition, cooperation, training, therapy and age-related changes.
  • The Anticipation Timer and photo cell unit presents a method of analysing reaction times from stimuli presentation to response.
  • ActiSleep watches allow exploration of sleep and sleep difficulties.
  • A cold pressor measures pain tolerance and resilience, and can be used with differing intervention protocols.