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 The Brain in Action between Western, York and Queen’s Universities and German universities in Giessen and Marburg. 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.

In January 2018, the Brain and Mind Institute moved to a brand new building, the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building, which provides modern, state-of-the-art facilities for cognitive neuroscience.

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

Access through 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

SIemens magnetom 7-Tesla MRI Scanner

SIemens magnetom 7-Tesla MRI Scanner

COMING SOON! New MRI-compatible short-range binocular eye tracker and high spatial-resolution camera from MRC systems to enable eye and hand recording/tracking during hand actions.

NEW! A new PROPixx 3D MRI-Compatible Projector will enable us to present compelling 3D displays at high spatial and temporal resolution during functional MRI 

ProPixx 3D fMRI-compatible projector

ProPixx 3D fMRI-compatible projector

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 with block designs or rapid event-related designs.


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.


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

An Oculus Rift head-mounted Virtual Reality display

Video equipment and software stimulus generation

The Brain and Mind Institute offers access to a wide variety of shared equipment for cognitive neuroscience including the following:

Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) from NIRx



Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Electroencephalography and Event-related Potentials (ERPs)

Neuropsychological Testing (with limited access to patients)