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Psychology department facilities

At Brunel, we want you to experience as much as you can of what it's like to work in the field. So we make sure you have access to a wide range of lab equipment during your psychology degree.

Our facilities include a dedicated MRI scanner, an EEG lab, portable near-infrared spectroscopy equipment, transcranial magnetic stimulation labs, a 3D body scanner, psychophysics, eye-tracking, and virtual reality.

MRI scanner

Using Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI) we can see which parts of the brain light up during certain activities such as dreaming, or can recognise patterns associated with psychiatric conditions. Brunel is a member of the Combined Universities Brain Imaging Centre (CUBIC), and so jointly owns and operates a 3T Siemens MAGNETOM TIM Trio MRI scanner with Royal Holloway, Surrey and Roehampton. Installed in a purpose-built lab suite and run with the support of a specialist MRI technician, it offers high resolution, real-time fMRI, MR spectroscopy (3D Chemical Shift Imaging), and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) for 3D white matter tractography.

EEG lab

Electroencephalography (EEG) uses electrodes to measure electrical activity in certain psychological states. Our dedicated EEG lab houses 32- and 64-channel (MRI compatible) Neuroscan EEG systems.

Near-infrared spectroscopy

Using the near-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, we can measure changes in blood volume showing when parts of the brain are activated.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation labs

Utilising electromagnetism, transcranial magnetic stimulation can measure activity between the nervous system and the muscles. Brunel has a Magstim BiStim2 TMS and tDCS systems for brain stimulation/modulation research. 

3D body scanner

Body scanners can provide more accurate measurements of muscle and body fat than relying on a person’s BMI, and can help with realistic representations when treating body dysmorphia. You will find a NX12 [TC]² 3D Body Scanner in our labs.

Psychophysics

A fusion of psychology and physics that tracks the measurable effect of physical stimuli on the senses. We have a dedicated visual psychophysics laboratory equipped with display systems and a VSG 2/5 stimulus generator (Cambridge Research Systems).

Eye tracking

We use Eye Link 1000 eye trackers in our dedicated cubicles. By tracking the eyes, we can study the effect that brain process have on behaviour, language, attention span, memory and perception. 

Virtual reality

Brunel’s BITLab is a virtual reality centre with facilities for motion capture and animation.

 Other facilities

Brunel holds an extensive collection of AV, laboratory and computing hardware resources, psychometric test library, specialist equipment and laboratories for participant photography/video, and infant research.

The facilities at Brunel really stood out for me. Using them supported my understanding of research methods and gave me confidence in planning my dissertation.


Abigail, Psychology Bsc

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