Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Skipper has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to be used for upgrading lab equipment. The equipment is needed for a project to develop a procedure capable of analyzing brain data resulting from naturalistic stimuli for application to 4-D EEG data.
Awarded through the NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program, the $217,282 grant will allow Hamilton’s psychology and neuroscience labs to upgrade their electroencephalography (EEG) equipment and purchase additional equipment and software that will “achieve high source localization accuracy and allow them to test their approach on source localized 4-D EEG data.” Human-computer interaction studies will also benefit from the upgrades.
The labs make use of real-world stimuli or situations to understand the mind and brain in more realistic terms. The improved equipment will provide researchers with both high spatial and temporal (4-D) resolution of brain activity, measured noninvasively and inexpensively through the scalp.
According to the project proposal, the “resulting data could put scientists and clinicians in the position to understand brain function as it occurs in the real-world” by providing “methodological approaches to analyze such data.” Ultimately, the data acquired under these natural conditions could lead to better predictors, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.