At Southampton, Psychology is deemed a scientific discipline. Our various laboratories and other facilities listed here are the backbone of much of our rigorous research work. The majority of support is from specialist in-house technicians.
The Pain Research Laboratory, detailed below, is managed managed through the CAHP.
Pain Research Laboratory
The School's Research in pain focuses on three intertwined themes a) the cognitive and affective neuroscience of pain, b) the development of theory driven psychological interventions for the management of acute and chronic pain in children, c) the evaluation of the efficacy and effectiveness of psychological interventions in paediatric pain management. The Pain Research Laboratory is equipped with and Advanced Medical Systems, TSA-II Neurosensory Analyser, a precise computer controlled device capable of generating and documenting response to highly repeatable thermal stimuli.
For more information on the Pain Research Laboratory, contact Dr Christina Liossi.
For the CAHP group web page, click here.
The RPL, SCL and SPL, detailed below, are all managed through the CRSI.
The Relationships Processes Laboratory (RPL)
Equipment in the RPL includes:
- Two remote control video cameras for recording interactions between persons or small groups.
- The video equipment can be monitored in a separate control room.
- Large one-way mirrors for unobtrusive observation.
The Social Cognition Laboratory (SCL)
The SCL offers:
- Two rooms for computer-administered experiments and surveys, for 6 and 8 respondents respectively.
- PCs supporting software for experiment generation and stimulus presentation, including MediaLab, DirectRT, Presentation, EPrime, and Authorware.
The Social Psychophysiology Laboratory (SPL)
The SPL contains equipment for monitoring a variety of physiological measures:
- Cardiovascular and electrodermal reactivity are measured using the MP150 system (BioPac, Goleta, CA), with modules for ECG, bioimpedance, blood pressure, and galvanic skin response.
- Cardiovascular reactivity, respiration, posture, and movement are monitored using two LifeShirt Clinical systems (Vivometrics, CA).
- Video and audio recording capabilities, allowing data synchronization.
- Large one-way mirrors
The Centre for Visual Cognition seeks to conduct experimental research that elucidates the psychological processes underlying human visual cognitive function. Its members use experimental and computational modelling methods with a diverse range of research tools, including fMRI, haptic feedback control systems and both laboratory-based and perambulatory eye-tracking.
Experimental Psychopathology Laboratory (EPL)
Work in the Experimental Psychopathology Laboratory involves various methods from experimental cognitive psychology (eg attentional cueing paradigms), eye-tracking, psychophysiology (eg startle reflex) and psychopharmacology (eg effects of alcohol and nicotine on information processing). Much of the neuroscience in the EPL (including ERP, MEG and fMRI) is conducted elsewhere in collaboration with other Universities. Equipment in the EPL ASL eye-tracking and Biopac systems.
For more information about the EPL, contact Professor Brendan Bradley or Professor Karin Mogg, or visit the EPL webpage.
Evoked Response Potential (ERP) Laboratory
The Psychology Evoked Response Potential (ERP) laboratory is equipped with Neuroscan Synamps2 EEG acquisition equipment. The laboratory is used by a number of researchers within Psychology for general studies involving recording of EEG.
For more information about the ERP laboratory, contact Professor Pete Dargie.
The IDIA laboratory, detailed below, is managed by the Developmental Brain-Behaviour Laboratory (DBBL).
IDIA (Institute for Disorders of Impulse and Attention) is a Psychology research group founded to carry out basic and clinical science in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related disorders. The group has a laboratory equipped with Neuroscan Synamps2 EEG acquisition equipment.
Mobile Research Unit (MRU)
This customised Citroën Relay van is equipped with battery derived 240V AC power. For individual assignments, its interior can be tailored to suit requirements, for example with eye tracking equipment or video cameras. The MRU enables a range of offsite research work as well as public engagement activities.