Facilities

The CBEBL will be comprised of two distinct research rooms and will offer state-of-the-art hardware and software to conduct high-quality research.

Please click any of the items below to find out more about our facilities. You may also contact us on Amir.Riaz@anu.edu.au for further information.

Research Rooms

Please click the items below to find out more about each research room. You can check research room availability by contacting us on Amir.Riaz@anu.edu.au.

Advanced-Equipment Research Room

The advanced-equipment research room will host one soundproof cubical. It will host state-of-the-art devices such as eye tracker, skin conductance and heart rate measuring devices as well as facial expression measuring device. We will use an advanced stimulation tracking device (e.g., StimTracker) to integrate data acquired from all other devices.

Multi-Purpose Research Room

The multi-purpose research room will be used for experimental and non-experimental research and teaching. It will host 18 workstations. Each terminal will also have a headset. Workstations will be networked and be partitioned by removable screens.

Besides 18 workstations, this room will contain several tables that can be configured for work groups, classroom settings, or focus group interviews. Tables and chairs can be freely arranged in the room. Such capability will enable researchers to conduct studies that involve problem solving in multidisciplinary teams as well as group experiments. This room will also be fitted with an overhead projector.

Hardware

Our research rooms will be fitted with the following hardware:

Tobii Eye Tracker

Our advanced-equipment research room will be fitted with Tobii TX300 eye tracker.

Tobii TX300 eye tracker allows large head movements and collects data at 300 Hz. The system is designed for studies that require a higher sampling rate; e.g. the need to study eye movements such as saccades, correction saccades, fixations, pupil size changes and blinks. The unique combination of a higher sampling rate and large head movement box benefits eye tracking studies where freedom of movement is important.

BiosignalsPlux Researchers’ Kit

BiosignalsPlux Researchers’ Kit includes sensors to measure skin conductance response and heart rate. It allows to collect data upto 1000Hz. The higher sampling rate allows researchers to get high number of data points per second. It can be synchronized with StimTracker that means researchers can precisely identify when certain events occur. 

StimTracker

StimTracker allows including markers to data collected through eye tracker and skin conductance and heart rate measuring devices. The inclusion of markers to data helps researchers identify precisely when certain events occurred. Except for codes sent via USB, the onset of events is detected autonomously by STIMTracker, allowing it to avoid delays incurred by operating systems and produce accurate markers.

It offers several ways to track stimuli. That include:

  • Onset of Visual Stimuli. Use the included fast light sensors to avoid operating system delays and detect onset of visual stimuli with precision.
  • Onset of Participant Response
  • Onset of Vocal Response
  • Onset of Auditory Stimuli. Simply pass the audio output via STIMTracker, set the threshold, and let it do the rest
  • Event Codes via USB. Researchers can also send event codes from stimulus presentation computer using USB for added information

Software

Our research rooms will be fitted with several software used for behavioural research.

Noldus FaceReader

Noldus FaceReader automatically analyses basic facial expressions for emotions including neutral and the emotion of contempt. It also provides data related to participants’ characteristics, head orientation and eye gaze direction.

The software allows analysis as well as reporting.

Tobii Studio for Eye Tracking Data

Tobii Studio is offered by Tobii and allows researchers design and run eye tracking experiments. It also allows observing eye tracking sessions remotely, replaying and visualising the results, and calculating statistics.

Design: It provides intuitive tools to design experiments and present stimuli

Record: It allows synchronizing eye tracking data with a wide range of other data to get holistic view of participants’ behaviour

Observe: It also allows remote observation of data collected in real time which in turn given insights into participants' real time behaviour and experience

Replay: It allows researchers to replay eye tracking sessions for in-depth analysis

Visualisation: It also provides graphical representations of data such as heat maps and gaze plots

Statistics: It allows researchers to perform statistics intuitively, develop click metrics, and flexible tables and charts

Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART)

The Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART) allows to measure risk taking behaviour. It is based on reward versus loss model. The participants are presented with a balloon and offered the chance of earning money by pumping up the balloon by clicking a button. Each click inflates the balloon and money is added to the participants’ account until some threshold is reached, at which point the balloon explodes. Therefore, each pump results in earning the participants money, but at the same time causing increasing risk. 

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