The Developmental Research Laboratory houses a state-of-the-art EyeLink 1000 eye-tracker with both desktop and remote systems, with host and display PCs. The Laboratory also contains a play area with comfortable seating for children and parents/guardians, a one-way mirror for observations, and general-purpose PCs suitable for running various kinds of computerised studies.
Social Observation Laboratory
The Social Observation Laboratory comprises two rooms. The observation room is equipped with comfortable seating and tables, a plasma screen, microphones and remote control video cameras, and is suitable for conducting focus groups or interviews. Adjacent to this is a control room which allows for complete monitoring and remote control video and audio recording from the observation room.
The Department possesses eight research cubicles suitable for cognitive/experimental research. All are equipped with modern PCs, some with touch-screens, with experiment-generating software (such as E-Prime or Superlab). One cubicle is equipped with an artificial daylight illuminant suitable for research into colour vision. The department also has a Human Performance and Perception laboratory containing specialised equipment and software for staff and PhD students who work in this area.
Psychometric Test Library
The Department has a well-stocked psychometric test library with a range of cognitive, educational and developmental test batteries as well as aptitude, ability and personality tests.
The Department has an extensive range of software available for student and staff use, both for teaching and research. The Department uses SPSS extensively, as well as software such as Atlas.ti, Superlab, E-Prime and Matlab.
The Department has BIOPACs available for student and staff use, and these are used regularly in teaching. They support a number of electrophysiological measures, including EEG, GSR and EOG.
The Department has privileged access to modern computer suites which are used frequently in the teaching of research methods and statistics.
In addition, the Department has a Psychology Computer Suite and Psychology Resource Room, both available for student and staff use.