Experimental Psychology Research Facilities
Attention and Performance Laboratory – Dr. John Monahan - This computerized lab is located in Sloan Hall 207. Devices for keyboard, touchscreen, and vocal response are available. Typical studies measure reaction time and accuracy for complex stimuli and for mental rotation of objects.
Behavior Analysis Laboratory – Dr. Mark P. Reilly - The Behavior Analysis Laboratory is located on the second floor of Rowe Hall and consists of rodent and avian colony rooms, behavioral testing rooms with state-of-the-art controlling and recording equipment, a wet lab for surgery and pharmacological preparations, computer workstations for data analysis, and a conference/meeting room. There is also a student laboratory fully equipped with behavioral testing chambers for the undergraduate course in behavior analysis.
The Brain Research and Integrative Neuroscience (B.R.A.I.N.) Center – Dr. Gary Dunbar – The B.R.A.I.N. Center is located in the new Health Professions Building. The facilities are used for laboratory classes and individual research projects. The B.R.A.I.N. Center is equipped for small animal surgery, a full array of behavioral tests (including psychophysiology), microscopic and biochemical analyses, and a fully equipped cellular and molecular laboratory.
The Driving Evaluation, Education, and Research (D.E.E.R.) Center – Dr. Rick Backs and Dr. Nicholas Cassavaugh, Research Scientist – The D.E.E.R. Center is located in the new Health Professions Building. The CMU Center for Driving Evaluation, Education, and Research (D.E.E.R. Center) is a collaboration between the College of Humanities, Social, and Behavioral Sciences and the Herbert H. and Grace A Dow College of Health Professions as a component of the CHP Bridges Center for Healthy Life Transitions in collaboration with the Carls Center for Clinical Care and Education. The mission of the D.E.E.R. Center is to provide clinical services to evaluate cognitive fitness to drive, to provide education to improve older driver safety, and to conduct research on older drivers and drivers with attention disorders. The center will have a Drive Safety DS-600 driving simulator for use in research and in evaluation and education. The D.E.E.R. Center will be a place where older adults or persons who have had a stroke or sustained a brain injury can come to have their driving ability evaluated to determine if they are safe to continue, or are ready to resume, driving. The center will also offer driver safety courses for older drivers. Finally, the center is a place where multidisciplinary research on older drivers or drivers with attention disorders can be conducted.
Engineering Psychophysiology Research Laboratory – Dr. Rick Backs - The Engineering Psychophysiology Research Laboratory is located in the Health Professions Building and is equipped with a driving simulator, 128-channel Neuroscan EEG system, computers, and electrophysiological equipment for measuring various central and autonomic responses in humans.
Field Neurosciences Institute Laboratory for Restorative Neurology – Dr. Gary Dunbar –The Field Neurosciences Institute (FNI) Laboratory is part of the Brain Research and Integrative Neuroscience (BRAIN) Center, located on the second floor of the research wing in the Health Professions Building. The research mission of the FNI laboratory is to better understand the mechanisms involved in recovery of function following damage to the central nervous system and to devise strategies to promote these mechanisms in clinically relevant ways. Current research focuses on devising potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Huntington’s disease (HD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The lab is fully equipped with a wide variety of specialized equipment for testing the efficacy of pharmacological treatments, stem cell therapies, and genetic manipulations to counteract neuropathological and behavioral deficits in rodent models of HD, PD, and/or AD.
Infant & Child Behavior Laboratory – Dr. Carl Johnson -
Infant and Child Behavior Laboratory is located in Sloan Hall and is used for research in behavioral pediatrics. The research specializes in strategies to facilitate infant and preschool learning, promote healthy sleep and decrease bedtime-behavior problems. Infant and preschool research is carried out in the lab with an emphasis on young children who have low-incidence disabilities. Some of this research is supported by a grant from the Michigan Department of Education, the Central Assessment Lending Library or CALL
Neuropharmacology Research Laboratory – Dr. Justin Oh-Lee - The lab is located in the Health Professions Building. Studies are conducted in behavioral and neuronal plasticity and programmed cell death, particularly those that are related to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other related neurodegenerative disorders. The laboratory is equipped with two large chemical safety hoods, stirrer hot plates, a Cryostat brain sectioning station, and numerous other scientific and behavioral instruments. The laboratory is also well equipped to carry out a variety of biochemical, molecular and histological tissue analyses central to the research carried out in this laboratory.
Neurophysiology Research Laboratory – Dr. Michael Sandstrom - This laboratory located in the Health Professions Building contains equipment for wet work, chemicals, and building/designing probes for measurements of experimental animal brain chemistry (microdialysis) or neuron electrical activity, and related histological work. Two state of the art high performance liquid chromatography systems (for measuring small concentrations of brain chemicals) are available in the shared space associated with the (Brain Research and Integrative Neuroscience) B.R.A.I.N. Center. Current experiments investigate neurochemical differences underlying behavior deterioration in a mouse Huntington’s disease model. We investigate neurochemical changes during operant tasks designed to expose cognitive deficits that precede movement malfunction. Separate animal procedure and testing rooms provide sufficient facilities to perform experiments using multiple techniques and measures.