Psychophysiology Laboratory

The Department has a BIOPAC MP36 unit available for the collection and analysis of physiological data. The unit is capable of recording:

  • Heart rate, via basic electrocardiography (ECG/EKG)
  • 'Brain waves', via basic electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Muscle activity, including facial expressions, eye blinks and startle responses, via electromyography (EMG)
  • Pulse rate
  • Electrodermal activity (EDA), also known as skin conductance or galvanic skin response (GSR)
  • Respiratory rate and effort
  • Peripheral blood pressure, via a digital sphygmomanometer and stethoscope

The BIOPAC is user-friendly, but analysing the data it produces is very labour-intensive. It is therefore currently for use by staff and exceptional undergraduate assistants.

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