Research environment - Centre for Psychological Research - University of Derby

Our research environment

Specialist electroencephalogram equipment Michael Batashvili, a graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD student, gives an introduction to what EEG is and how it is used.

Our specialist facilities include high specification computing labs with software for designing experiments, and a range of psychological recording equipment. 

Have a look at a Psychology Research Environment description, including the ways that research is organised and supported at university and research centre level. This is the description of the research ‘environment’ that we submitted in the recent Research Excellent Framework (REF).

Psychological laboratory

This laboratory has lots of PCs complete with software for designing experiments. We also have statistical packages where you can use SPSS to analyse quantitative data.

Eye tracking laboratory

We can assess how people process information by tracking their eye-movements. For example, how people look at food labels to try and make the information as clear as possible.

Observation suite

Our observation suite can be used for a range of observational experiments and they have been equipped with specialist video recording equipment and with one-way mirrors. There are project rooms so that you can carry out your research effectively.

EEG equipment

EEG equipment

Electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment records electrical activity at the surface of the brain in order to identify the brain areas and processes that are active at any given moment. Watch the video at the top of this page to see what EEG is and how it is used.

We also have a variety of resources that have both research and teaching applications:

  • We can non-invasively examine the processing in the brain associated with different stimuli. For example, the millisecond-by-millisecond processing that occurs when someone is attempting to understand a word, or recognise a face.
  • We can measure the dynamic changes that occur in the cardiovascular system. For example, how blood pressure changes on a second-by-second basis when a person is stressed.
  • We can test people's responses to painful stimuli. For example, a person's fight-or-flight response when their hand is submerged in ice-cold water using our cold presser tests.