Experimental Psychology Labs (EPL)
Faculty coordinator: Veronica Mazza
Technician in charge: Massimo Vescovi
Presentation of experimental stimuli is typically controlled by Eprime, Matlab (Psychtoolbox) and Python (Open Sesame, PsychoPy). EPL consists of five different lab areas.
There are five workstations, all equipped with a PC, monitor, and sound speakers (some workstations are also equipped with a response box, voicekey, microphone and headset). Two workstations are equipped with an Eyelink host Computer for connecting Eye tracking remote systems. A PLATO (Portable Liquid-Crystal Apparatus for Tachistoscopic Occlusion) system is available for the tachistoscopic presentation of separate stimuli to the two eyes. Two stereoscopes are also available.
Eye Tracking LabThe tracking of eye movements is conducted with the help of five SR Eyelink 1000 Systems (https://www.sr-research.com) four remote systems, one tower-mount in a dedicated area. In addition, there is a monitor-integrated Tobii T120 (Tobii AB; https://www.tobii.com).
The multisensory lab is equipped with a sound-attenuated and anechoic booth and currently hosts several devices for stimulation in vision, hearing, touch and olfaction. The equipment for tactile stimulation includes two systems for electro-tactile stimulation (Digitimer DS7A), and some custom-built interface for vibrotactile stimulation. A custom-built olfactometer allows for the presentation of up to 8 different odors. A BIOPAC system for Psychophysiological measurements is also available in the lab.
Kinematics LabThe Lab is equipped with the instruments for recordings of action movements (mainly, hands and arms). The Qualisys motion capture system provides quantitative measurements of human movements (http://www.qualisys.com). The system comprises four infrared digital cameras that capture and calculate 2- and 3-D coordinates of markers placed on the participant.
The EEG lab has dedicated space for EEG preparation (preparation room), EEG recordings (silent booth) and EEG data analyses (analysis room). The EEG lab is equipped with a 64-channel system for AC/DC recordings (Brain Products GmbH), an electrically-shielded booth (Sispe), and three workstations for EEG/ERP analysis (BrainAnalyzer, Brain Products GmbH). The electrical brain activity is recorded by means of EEG caps (EASYCAP or actiCAP). An Eyelink 1000 (SR Research) can be used to concurrently record eye movement and EEG.
Staff currently provides basic support for training and project execution for CIMeC members, DIPSCo members and their collaborators. No user fees have been introduced so far.