School of Social Sciences – Psychology Laboratories

School of Social Sciences – Psychology Laboratories


[MUSIC PLAYING] We have a wide variety
and range of equipment here in psychology. The main areas we have
is specialist equipment, eye tracking, where we
have two eye trackers. We have behavioral
neural science laboratory with EG equipment, 128 channels. We also have a new
driving simulator for work on hazard perception
and research on driving. It’s useful to use the
eye tracking equipment to be able to see exactly how
people move their eyes around and how that helps them
to actually perceive the visual world around them. So having the eye
tracking device to get on with my research was fantastic. It really enabled me
to get the results I needed from my research. We examined the applied
cognitive psychology of driver behavior. So we’re looking at
how people drive, how people ride motorcycles,
how they spot hazards, how their visual search
moves around the scene, and how they spot these hazards,
and then respond to them in order to drive safely. In this room, we have
high end computers for various types of computer
modeling and data analysis. So for example, I do models
of language processing, what people are doing when they’re
reading and understanding text, and sentences, and so on. The type of information
that we can get can be ongoing brain
activity, which can reflect the individual’s
current psychological state, but also the brain’s response
to individual presentations of stimuli, such as
an old familiar face, or the presentation of an
infrequent auditory sound. The EEG machine
allows me to answer some of the questions,
which I wouldn’t be able to answer using the
other standard experimental methods.