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.
Development of Social Identities Lab
The iLab is a joint Augsburg/Macalester research and teaching eye-tracking lab funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) Grant #1044006. The primary goals of this research lab are to introduce state-of-the-art eye movement research techniques to a broad range of students and faculty, and to expand methodological possibilities and tools in psychology courses, class-associated laboratory sections, and student and faculty research. The Macalester/Augsburg iLab was instituted in 2011.
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.
The Morality and Social Cognition lab investigates the social and cognitive processes that underlie moral judgment, including questions about how people make inferences about others’ minds, how these inferences shape moral judgments, and how negative moral judgments like blame may differ from positive ones like praise.
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.