Lab Facilities and Equipment

Research in the Culham Lab uses cognitive neuroscience techniques to study vision and visuomotor control (see further details here). I aim to make the lab a fun, friendly, stimulating and well-funded environment. The lab is part of the larger Brain and Mind Institute, the Canadian Action and Perception Network - CAPNet, and an NSERC CREATE training grant on Computational Approaches in Neuroscience: Action Control and Transformations (CAN-ACT). We are one of the few groups that is able to use fMRI to study visuomotor control, although we are also interested in other basic vision questions.

The Culham Lab has full access to the following equipment:

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

Done at the Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping at Robarts Research Institute

Siemens 3-Tesla Prisma MRI Scanner with 64-channel head coil 

Siemens 3-Tesla Prisma MRI Scanner with 64-channel head coil 

Varian-Agilent 7 Tesla MRI Scanner

Varian-Agilent 7 Tesla MRI Scanner


Hardware for studying grasping, reaching, tool use, and real object recognition in the MRI scanner

The "D.R.O.I.D." (Delivery of Real Objects for Imaging Device), a conveyor belt apparatus that can present a series of real-world objects for block design studies.

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The "Grasparatus", a pneumatically controlled rotating drum to present graspable stimuli rapidly in succession.

Coils and apparatus to enable participants to directly view the workspace of the hand without mirrors.

MR-Eye MRI-Compatible Motion Capture System, the only MRI system with in-bore cameras, developed by Northern Digital Inc. in collaboration with our group.

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6 high-end PC workstations running Brain Voyager software

Several Optotrak Motion Capture Systems (Northern Digital Inc.) for recording kinematics in the behavioral lab

An SR Research EyeLink 1000 eye tracker

Video equipment and software stimulus generation

 


Additional techniques offered through the BMI

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Event-related Potentials (ERPs)

Neuropsychological Testing (with limited access to patients)

There are many learning opportunities in the lab, including an fMRI design course (offered every second year), weekly fMRI research meetings which include a combination of technical discussions and journal article discussions, and semi-regular lab meetings. The GAP has many students and postdocs and an interactive environment. Our group has excellent support staff including research assistants, hardware developers, an MRI technician and a computer programmer.