The Psychology Department has the following special facilities and laboratories:
Social Psychology Laboratory Located on the third floor of Thomas Hall, #308, this lab supports Dr. Mattingly’s research on relationships, the self, and social processes. This research suite is equipped with two cubicles and a one-way mirror that allows for unobtrusive observation. In addition, the laboratory utilizes various research software packages.
- Inquisit (by Millisecond) is a software package that allows psychologists to create and administer a wide range of computer-based experiments. Most common to social psychological research, this program allows for reaction time measurements, subliminal priming, tests of implicit associations, and manipulations of social inclusion, just to name a few.
- Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) is a text analysis software package that quantitatively analyzes the degree to which people use different categories of words, such as emotional valenced and self-referent words. The program quickly and efficiently assists researchers in coding open-response text for key constructs.
Health Experiences Across the Lifespan (HEAL) Laboratory Located on the third floor of Thomas Hall, #321, this developmental health psychology laboratory supports Dr. Volpe’s research on stress and health. This research suite is equipped with the following equipment and research software packages:
The MP160 data acquisition system (BIOPAC: https://www.biopac.com/ ) is a modular data acquisition and analysis system, with corresponding AcqKnoweldge software. We use this system for the collection of electrocardiogram (ECG) data.
Firstbeat (https://www.firstbeat.com/en/ ) equipment and software for ambulatory heart rate measurement.
Aneroid sphygmomanometers and Littman stethoscopes for manual blood pressure measurement.
Anthropometric equipment for body composition measurements, including a Seca portable stadiometer, Seca scale, and girth measurement tapes.
Actiwatch (Philips Respironics: http://www.actigraphy.com/ ) actigraphy system for the ambulatory measurement of sleep.
CardioBatch and CardioEdit software programs (Brain-Body Center for Psychophysiology and Bioengineering: https://www.med.unc.edu/psych/research/brainbody/training-workshops/ ), which are used to clean and edit ECG data.
ATLAS.ti (https://atlasti.com/ ), which is a software program used to analyze qualitative data.
Mplus (Muthén & Muthén; https://www.statmodel.com/ ), which is a statistical software program. We use Mplus for path analyses and structural equations modeling.
HLM (Scientific Software International), which is a statistical software program. We use HLM for multi-level modeling.
MATLAB (MathWorks: https://www.mathworks.com/products/matlab.html ), which is a statistical software program. We use Matlab for modeling continuous ECG data.
Neuroscience Laboratories Located on the third floor of Thomas Hall, #307, Dr. Bish and Dr. Stevenson share a cognitive neuroscience research suite that houses electroencephalography, eye-tracking, optical imaging, and language processing equipment.
The CURRY Scan NuAmps Express by Neuroscan is a digital EEG and ERP recording system comprising a 40 channel NuAmps amplifier, fitted electrode caps and individual electrodes, and the CURRY Neuroimaging acquisition and analysis software.
The Tobii T60 eye-tracking system features an eye-tracker integrated in a 17inch TFT monitor, Tobii Studio Professional software, and E-Prime Extensions for Tobii. The Tobii system enables on-screen eye tracking with a large degree of head movement suitable for research with children or adults. Furthermore, the Tobii system can be used in conjunction with the Neuroscan system for simultaneous collection of EEG/ERP and eye-tracking data.
The Biopac Functional Near Infrared Brain Imaging System (fNIR) https://www.biopac.com/application/fnir-functional-near-infrared-optical-brain-imaging/#tabs features an fNIR sensor that research participants wear on their forehead to detects neural activity and hemodynamic response in the prefrontal cortex while the participant completes the research study (e.g., performs a computer task). The package also includes fNIRSoft software for data viewing and analysis. fNIR data acquisition can be combined with other physiological measures such as EEG.
The LENA language processing system includes two digital language processors (DLPs) and the LENA Pro software. Collectively, the LENA system permits relatively automatic assessment of children’s natural language environment.