John Kingston writes:
It's with great pleasure that I announce that we now have the capacity
in the Phonetics Lab to collect EEG/ERP data. We have a 64-channel
system from Electrical Geodesics Inc. (EGI), the same company that
manufactured the 128-channel system in Lisa Sanders's lab. The
engineer from EGI is here this week and is training a number of us in
the basics of how the system works.
So that any interested member of the department can get trained and
become at least self-sufficient in running experiments using this
system, if not yet expert, Brian Dillon and I are organizing a
training regime that will consist of two experiments, one looking at a
P-side question, the other at an S-side question. Our idea is to
design maximally simple experiments in each of these two areas, which
nonetheless either replicate a well-established effect or look to see
whether a novel manipulation has an effect. The experiments will be
very simple, so that we can focus on training people in the use of the
equipment and software.
If you are interested in taking part in the training, let me or Brian
know soon. Once we have heard from all interested people, we'll
schedule a brief meeting to set up a training schedule.
While experiments using this technology are not easy to do, you should
not be deterred from getting trained by that fact, if you think that
ms-resolution, real-time data on brain activity might provide answers
to the questions you're working on. With 64 channels, we can also do
rough localization of the activity.
Here's what the fun you can have with EEG/ERP looks like!