Stationary assessment

Our lab consists of different psychophysiological measurement labs (including examination and control rooms, sleep laboratory setup).

The following psychophysiological functions can be measured in our lab:

  • Electroencephalography (EEG) using TMSi Refa 72-channel, 4 x TMSi Porti 32-channel, 64-channel dense array EEG
  • Electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Electrodermal activity (EDA)
  • Impedance cardiography (ICG)
  • Respiration (thorax and abdomen)
  • Facial electromyography (EMG, 3 channels)
  • Electrooculography (EOG)
  • Sleep EEG (up to 16 channels)
  • Polysomnography
  • Pulseplethysmography
  • Finger temperature
  • Accelerometry (up to 2 3D-accelerometry sensors)
  • pCO2
  • Blood pressure (Finapres 2300 and inflatable cuff)

Special recording techniques

  • Eye-Tracker
  • Rating dial
  • Digital recording of psychophysiological reactions (Polybench)
  • Reaction times
  • Digital recording of behavior (incl. emotional facial reactions) using video cameras
  • Saliva samples to collect neuroendocrinological stress markers and the level of sex hormones
  • Mobile recording stations for usse in external lab settings involving patients in clinics
  • Functional magnetic resonance tomography (fMRT) in a scanner at the Centre of Neurocognitive Research (CNCR)

Special techniques for presenting stimuli

  • Films, pictures, and sounds eliciting stress and emotions
  • Confrontation therapy in a 3D virtual reality setup
  • Eye-blink startle
  • Classical conditioning
  • Biofeedback
  • Trier Social Stress Test (TSST)
  • Olfactometry
  • Programming of stimuli presentation using of E-Prime
  • Peripheral electrical stimulation
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
  • Neuroendocrine stimulation (in particular cortisol und oxytocin)

 Analysis methods

  • ANSLAB (an integrated software package for the analysis of psychophysiological data which is developed in our lab)
  • Heart rate variability
  • Brain Vision Analyzer
  • SPSS
  • MPlus
  • MATLAB
  • Language Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) 

 

For more information on our lab please visit the homepage of the federal ministry of science, research and economy.