Our Centre for Brain Science (CBS) opened in 2009 and is purpose-built to house state-of-the-art equipment that allows staff to directly measure and modulate brain activity, as well as a range of equipment to measure eye movements and various indices of physiological response.
The CBS won a Sustainable Developments award in the 2008 Colchester 2020 and RIBA Architectural Awards. It is one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings at our Colchester Campus.
In our Babylab, we study the development of perceptual and cognitive abilities in infants. The lab is equipped with non-invasive cutting-edge technology to help us better understand how young children perceive and act on the world around them. We use an eye-tracking device to gather data about their visual preferences, and a baby-friendly EEG system to record the natural brain activity in response to different tasks.
Observation suite with one-way mirror, testing room and observation room equipped with video recording facilities.
Visual perception lab with head mounted eye-tracker; telespectroradiometer; intuitive colorimeter; precision tints; optometric trial lenses; monochromator; photometers and a range of clinical optometric test equipment.
Cognitive perception lab with ASL variable-speed, remote pan/tilt optics eye-tracker, with video head tracking and Cambridge Research Systems VISaGe system for precision colour stimulus presentation. Includes VISaGe stimulus generator, 22" precision colour monitor, for threshold measurement and calibration facilities for both screen presented and paper stimuli. Two portable touch screen computers with writing tablets.
Two psychoacoustic hearing labs, with a total of four high spec double-walled soundproof booths, with OAE recording facilities.
Group testing suite consisting of multiple neighbouring cubicles, whose computers can be interlinked to allow real-time group behavioural studies.