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Psychology Facilities

Open access Labs

In addition to dedicated individual laboratories for research-active staff, Psychology has a number of state of the art open-access research facilities and services.

Bangor Imaging Unit

The School of Human and Behavioural Sciences has its own research dedicated MRI/fMRI facility in the Psychology building. Facilities within the Bangor Imaging Unit include a research and teaching dedicated 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner, MRI compatible EEG, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), stimulus presentation systems, and eye tracking systems. In addition to anatomical and functional MRI, the scanner is equipped for 4D cardiac, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).

Staff and students interested in scanning participate in a weekly talk series linked to issues and research pertaining to brain imaging.

Open- Access Electrophysiology Lab

Expertise in electrophysiological methods (EEG/ERP) is a particular strength of Psychology academics within our School. In addition to five independent EEG labs associated with specific staff, the School offers an open-access electrophysiology lab. The Psychology Open-Access Electrophysiology and Topographic (POET) lab provides access to EEG / ERP research facilities for all School research staff and supports students and researchers. The lab consists of a fully shielded sound-attenuated testing booth,128 channel BioSemi EEG system, and all equipment necessary for auditory and visual EEG/ERP experiments. The POET lab also includes a computer lab available for data analysis. A variety of stimulus presentation and data analysis software packages are available to accommodate individual user needs and preferences.

The lab also includes an SR-Research Eyelink 1000 eye tracking system. Please contact Dr Manon Jones for additional information.

Brain Stimulation Lab

Electrophysiology and brain imaging techniques are useful to measure the activity of the brain when it is engaged in a task. However, to directly test whether a specific brain area is necessary to perform a task, or to explore how a brain area processes information, non-invasive brain stimulation methods can be used.

The Brain Stimulation Lab within Psychology is equipped with two different types of stimulation equipment, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

Research Support

Participant Panels

Several participant panels are available to help researchers in Psychology recruit participants from special populations. The participant panels are supported by grants and school funds. A charge may be applied for using these services. Participant information is kept confidential according to the data protection act and BPS ethical guidelines. Contact information is only available for potential participants who agreed to be contacted by researchers in the School. Access to participant information is also subject to approval by specific research groups (e.g. the Neurology Group), and the Research Ethics Committee. If you are staff or a postgraduate researcher within the School and would like to use these services, please contact Becca Henderson in the first instance. Due to demand, we are unable to offer these services to researchers outside the School.

  • Student Panel (SONA)
  • Community Participant Panel: The Community Panel includes subgroups and may be helpful for identifying: Bilinguals, People with Dyslexia, and the Elderly
  • Infant/ Child Development Database
  • Neurology Patients

Custom Research Equipment and Programming Services

Research technical hardware and software interfacing support is available for research labs including bespoke experimental builds, embedded hardware systems, 3D-printing, laser-cutting, data analysis routines, etc. Interfacing and data transfer expertise is available in Python, Matlab, PsychoPy, Presentation and E-Prime, etc. For information on these services, please get in touch.

Research technical software and programming support is available for research, including Visual Basic, LabView, E-Prime, C++, C#, National Instruments Data Acquisition, Web-based applications, motion-analysis systems e.g. Vicon and Optotrak.

For information on these services, please contact labs.

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