Research Facilities

The Department maintains extensive facilities for research.  The recently renovated 19,700 square feet of human research facilities provide trainees with access to modern computing resources and state-of-the-art systems for eye-tracking (head mounted and remote), virtual reality studies, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and electroencephalography (EEG).  Researchers have access to a 3T fMRI magnet and Imaging Research Centre through ongoing collaborations with faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare.

The 20,680 square foot state-of-the-art animal facility has a full-time animal care staff with holding rooms for bats, rats, mice, gerbils, fish, cats, quail, and insects. Procedure rooms include a physiological optical imaging laboratory, confocal microscopy, cryostat, transgenic procedure suite, two animal surgery suites, electrophysiology and neurochemistry suites, liquid scintillation counter, and an automated cage washing facility.

The LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab includes a 100-seat concert hall with an array of microphones, loudspeakers, and advanced digital virtual acoustics systems that can mimic the natural acoustics of almost any setting. Some concert seats are wired to measure audience electrophysiological responses to performances. From the stage, dense-array EEG and motion capture systems enable the study of how musicians and other artists interact/synchronize when playing, conversing, or dancing. High precision synchronization between equipment systems enables cutting edge, multi-faceted analyses of complex questions related to music, hearing, vision, movement, learning, and human interaction.

In addition to these facilities, the Department maintains full-time technical staff available to members of the faculty and their students. Department technicians are well equipped to construct specialized laboratory apparatus, maintain computers, and develop/repair instrumentation.

Contact Department

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)
Psychology Building (PC), Room 102
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario L8S 4K1