Olin-Rice Science Center, Room 321
Lee Olson, Department Coordinator
BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE LAB
The behavioral neuroscience laboratory and attached wet lab feature light microscopy and a histology station with a cryostat, along with analog and digital channel EEG, Biopac, acoustic startle, Colbourn classical conditioning, and numerous other physiological assay apparati. Behavioral observation in water maze, elevated plus maze, and numerous other maze environments is aided by overhead video cameras which can be routed to Videomex image tracking equipment.
The cognitive psychology lab is located in a suite of rooms just down the hall from faculty offices. Each lab room is equipped with computers running E-Prime 2.0 software and response boxes with built in voice keys and microphones that allow us to measure millisecond-accurate responses from participants reading text, watching videos, or listening to stimuli through headphones. A larger main room provides ample space for lab meetings and research presentations.
The cognitive neuroscience laboratory features Macintosh computers running PsyScope for millisecond-precise stimulus display and response recording, headphones for presentation of synchronized auditory stimuli, head stabilizing chin rests to control visual angle for divided-visual-field presentations and hemisphere asymmetry research, Sun (Unix) and Dell (Linux) workstations for storage and analysis of fMRI data, and access to a nearby brain imaging center with 3 and 7 tesla fMRI scanners
The Psychology Department has a computer lab with twelve Windows-based and five Macintosh computers. The computers are equipped with the standard software found throughout campus (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite; Internet access) as well as specialized packages such as SPSS statistical analysis software and E-prime, a program for developing psychology experiments.
The development lab consists of several rooms each equipped with 2 computers with Audio Computer Assisted Self Interview (ACASI) software that is used for gathering information from children, adolescents, and adults of varying reading levels. In addition, the lab is equipped with BioPac equipment and AcqKnowledge software that allows for acquisition and analysis of aspects of physiology such as electrocardiogram, heart rate variability, skin conductance, and respiratory sinus arrhythmia. Also utilized are DinaMap Pro blood pressure machines that allow for manual and automatic assessment of cardiovascular functioning. In addition, the lab is equipped with digital audio and video recording equipment.
The learning/behavior analysis laboratory contains a number of small animal operant chambers which can be outfitted with a variety of manipulanda, exteroceptive stimuli, and reinforcement delivery devices, all controlled by Med Associates interfacing. Specialized mazes, running wheels, and other devices are also available.
Study and Social Spaces
The Department has several dedicated spaces for students to gather, relax, and study. The Student Lounge features comfy furniture and is equipped with a microwave.