The Cognitive and Social Sciences laboratories are mainly used for the collection of behavioural and physiological data and are managed by the Department’s Laboratory Commission.
The laboratories (rooms P101, P112, P113, P116, P124, P125, P126) are located on the first floor of Palazzo Fedrigotti (in the so-called Palazzetto).
The laboratory equipment includes many personal computers installed with specialized software to run experiments such as Eprime, Matlab, Psychtoolbox, Inquisit and Opensesame. Additionally, in room P113 one can find an Eyelink II that allows eye-movements measurements. Room P112 is also equipped with an Eprime response box with microphones and headphones suitable for recording and presenting acoustic stimuli.
The laboratories are equipped with two portable instruments that can be used in the Cognitive and Social Sciences laboratories, as well as in other department laboratories. With prior authorization, these portable instruments can ever be used outside of the University's facilities. The two instruments can be used together for the co-registration of EEG and eye movements.
- EEG eegosport (ANT): 64-channel electroencephalograph with shielded electrodes and the ability to co-register several peripheral indices.
The peripheral indices allow the collection of 12 bipolar channels with amplification and independent earth. Currently, the system is equipped with electrodes and transducers for accelerometer, skin conductance, respiration rate and temperature. The system is composed of an amplifier and a recording system on a tablet, and is completely powered by internal batteries, allowing ample portability and ease of recording EEG signals outside of laboratory environments. The system is also equipped with Asalab software for the analysis of EEG data. Prof. Francesco Vespignani is responsible for the instrumentation. Potential users need to contact Prof. Vespignani to verify whether they have had the appropriate training and to obtain authorization for its use both on and off site.
- Tobii Pro X3 120: a system for recording eye movements consisting of a bar installed either on a fixed monitor or on a dedicated laptop. Thanks to the ease of calibration and the ability to follow the pupil, even in the presence of the participant’s movements, this tool is particularly useful for recording data on adults, children, infants and various clinical populations. Dr. Laura Franchin is in charge of the instrument. Potential users must contact Dr. Franchin to verify whether they have had appropriate training and to obtain authorization for its use both on and off-site.
Rules, guidelines and access forms are available in the download box.
Labs access must be booked at the following address: