Critical cognitive research boosted by new testing suite

Critical cognitive research boosted by new testing suite

A new cognitive testing suite has been constructed at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN), to help facilitate leading research into human cognitive function.

A new cognitive testing suite has been constructed at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN), to help facilitate leading research into human cognitive function.

Funded by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, the suite comprises three isolated testing booths that can support three independent studies, or that can be utilised concurrently for high throughput studies.

The booths will be used to undertake computer-based research tasks, with each comprising a Cedrus response box, one containing an Eyelink eye tracker, and one with a Biopac system for physiological measures, including force sensors and EMG amplifiers for measuring muscle activity. Software includes Psychtoolbox for MATLAB, e-Prime, Presentation, PsychoPy, and LabVIEW. There is also the capacity to install additional software upon request.

MICCN researchers, particularly those based within the School of Psychological Sciences building at the Monash Clayton campus, are set to benefit from this new equipment. The facility may also be used to integrate undergraduate teaching practices to provide a hands-on research experience.

The suite is intended to work hand-in-hand with Sona; the institute’s integrated system for advertising to potential research participants all current psychology and neuroscience studies taking place within MICCN.

Next door to the suite, exciting new neurophysiological testing labs are also being built, which will complement the existing facilities currently located at Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI). The labs include equipment for non-invasive brain stimulation and recording combined with an eye tracker (Eyelink).

Dr James Coxon, a MICCN researcher, said, “The new cognitive testing suite opens up opportunities to our researchers, our students and our research participants. This new equipment is state-of-the-art, available to all MICCN researchers and will help to facilitate our important research into human cognitive function.”

For more information on the new cognitive testing suite, contact Dr James Coxon, Senior Lecturer, on t: 03 9902 0320, e: james.coxon@monash.edu

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