Research Facilities & Opportunities
MRI Facilty at James Cook University Hospital
A new 3T Siemens MRI scanner has been installed in July 2011 at the James Cook University Hospital and it will be used for clinical and research purposes. Research will cover various aspects of cognition such as sensory perception, visuomotor control, emotions, memory, schizophrenia, decision making, and gender differences. The MRI facility has state of the art stimulus delivery (BOLD screen; ViSaGe; Auditory stimulus presentation) and response collection (button press and eye tracking).
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Dr. Amanda Ellison's Laboratory
The Transcranical Magnetic Stimulation Laboratory investigates the neurological basis of visual behaviour: attention, identification, localization and visuomotor behaviour.
Face Perception Laboratory
The lab preforms research into all areas of face perception:
•The brain mechanisms that enable us to perceive faces and similar stimuli
•How we perceive facial expressions and whether some people interpret facial expressions differently.
•How and why we find the faces of different people attractive.
•Computer graphic manipulation of faces.
Social Perception Laboratory
The lab investigates the psychological and neural processes underlying social perception, including the perception of emotion and other social information (e.g. identity, personality) from faces and from body postures and movement (biological motion).
Durham Visualisation Laboratory
The Durham Visualization Laboratory, founded in January 2004, supports digital imaging and other inter-disciplinary 3D research themes. We have a wide range of 3D displays, tracking/interaction devices and 3D capture systems.
The Vision Laboratory
The aim of the lab is understanding the mechanisms which determine which sensations enter our awareness
Shamus Smith's Laboratory
He has research interests in virtual reality and human-computer interaction.
Adaptive Optics Laboratory
The lab works on adaptive optics, and its applications. The focus of the lab is on Ophthalmic Optics, Advanced Microscopy, and Stereoscopic Vision.
The lab has state of the art equipment (Eye Link, minibird system, Optotrack, trakSTAR) to measurie visuomotor behaviour in humans such as grasping, reaching, eye movements and their interaction.
Project X19 is concerned with Attention, Awareness, Colour perception, Texture perception, Shape perception and Glossiness perception.
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rehabilitation of visual problems which occur as a consequence of brain damage such as homonymous visual field defects.
The long term goal of the lab is to determine how the nervous system computes and represents 3D spatial structure from sensory information, such as vision, audition and proprioception. http://www.dur.ac.uk/lore.thaler/researchint.html
Affective Neuroscience Laboratory
The lab investigates how emotions interact with human cognition, using a variety of behavioural and neuroimaging methods (EEG/ERP, fMRI)
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