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.
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
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
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 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:
COMING SOON! Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) from NIRx
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Electroencephalography and 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.