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Durham University



As well as in-house resources, we have collaborations with many external companies and groups - everything from bonobo sanctuaries, to the North East Autism Society, Vicon Movement Systems, and NHS.


We have state-of-the-art equipment for structural and functional MRI studies, including:

  • 3T Whole Body MRI System (Siemens Magnetom Trio)
  • A mock MRI system equipped with a movable bed and realistic MRI sound production as well as a fully functioning visual stimulus delivery system
  • 32- and 12-channel head coils, various Flex and Body Coils
  • Cambridge Research Systems BOLDscreen MR Safe display (providing superior image quality for vision research: super high brightness, high contrast, high-resolution visual stimuli)
  • Cambridge Research Systems MKII Visual Stimulus Generator (ViSaGe) for displaying calibrated computer-generated visual stimuli
  • Magnacoustics high-definition auditory stimulus presentation system
  • Psychology Software ToolsFibre Optic Button Response System comprising fibre optic interface console and two button boxes with five response buttons each for accurately gathering participant responses and verify signals
  • Cambridge Research SystemsLiveTrack AV for fMRI video eye tracking system providing real-time estimates of eye rotation, the direction of gaze coordinates and pupil size
  • Psychology Software ToolsMRI Simulator (mock scanner replicating 3T Siemens Magnetom Trio) for introducing special populations such as young, elderly, and psychiatric participants to the scanner, and for piloting stimulus sensation schedules
  • Cambridge Research SystemsMediGlasses – MR-safe prescription spectacles with -5 to +3 dioptre lenses in 0.5 dioptre increments
  • Brain Innovation Turbo BrainVoyager software specialized for real-time fMRI data analysis and neuro-feedback applications
  • Brain Innovation BrainVoyager MRI data analysis software (regularly upgraded)
  • Various software packages for programming stimulus presentation (Matlab (incl. Psychtoolbox), E-Prime, Presentation, Superlab)

Outside organizations are welcome to make use of our facility for approved research or clinical purposes, at favourable commercial rates.

Other research equipment

  • Wet and dry EEG
  • Transcranial magnetic and electrical stimulation
  • A wide range of eye trackers
  • Biopac and Mindware psychophysical suites
  • Molecular psychology suite

Specialist testing spaces

  • Four virtual reality suites; two with full body/room motion capture
  • Anechoic room
  • The Rowantree bar lab
  • Developmental lab with observation room and family waiting room

If you are interested in collaborative projects involving any of our facilities or equipment, please contact the Director of Research.