We are equipped to conduct electrophysiological, sensory-perceptual, and cognitive / behavioural research with infants and children with and without autism. The core piece of equipment for our work is an infant- and child-friendly high-density EEG/ERP system. This system is complemented by an infant- and child-friendly eye-tracking system. We also utilize a variety of clinical and behavioural assessments in a behavioural testing space equipped with digital video recording equipment. Finally, a neuroimaging center on campus provides additional opportunities and potential for the growth and enhancement of our core research programme.
A 128-channel Electrical Geodesics, Inc., EEG/ERP system is used for the recording and analysis of brain electrical activity. Equipment and resources are available for testing from birth through adulthood. Computing facilities and resources are also available for Independent Component Analysis and other signal processing procedures.Eye Tracking
An EyeLink 1000 eye-tracking system is used for the measurement and analysis of eye gaze patterns during the viewing of a variety of visual stimuli. This eye-tracking system requires only the placement of a single sticker on the participant's face, and also allows for a range of movement that is appropriate for the testing of infants and children, in addition to adults (see video here) . The eye-tracking system and recordings have been integrated with our high-density EEG/ERP system for the simultaneous recording of EEG/ERP and eye gaze patterns.
A variety of clinical / behavioural measures are used to characterise the social, communicative, and cognitive skills of the participants in our studies. These include the Mullen Scales of Early Learning, the British Ability Scales, the Preschool Language Scales, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, and the Autism Diagnostic Interview, among others. Split-screen digital video recording facilities are available for documenting these assessments, as well as for the implementation of non-standardised experimental behavioural measures.
The University of Birmingham School of Psychology is a large and active research School with professional facilities for innovative neuroscience research. These facilities include a 3T MRI / fMRI scanner with the capabilities for simultaneous EEG and eye-tracking, and TMS.