Research Laboratories

Movement Analysis Laboratory

The laboratory carries out experiments that require the recording and analysis of movements.

The SMART System is equipped with 6 remote-controlled infrared video cameras that make it possible to estimate the coordinates of reflective markers placed on the subject’s body. The system records and analyses the kinematics of the movement of the body segment where the markers were placed.

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it.

Director: Prof. Emanuela Bricolo

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3111

Cognitive Electrophysiology Laboratory - EEG/ERP
ERP

The laboratory is devoted to record and analyze brain electrical activity (Electroencephalogram), evoked potentials (VEPs and AEPs) and event-related potentials (ERPs) in healthy adult participants.

The laboratory is equipped with an acoustically shielded Faraday Cage, EEG/ERP acquisition and analysis system from ANT (Enschede, Netherlands) with digital amplifier, Polhemus digitizer and two 128-channel ECI-electrocaps.

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Alice Mado Proverbio

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3107

Web page: https://bicoccaerplab.wordpress.com/

Light and Colour Laboratory
Luce

The laboratory is devoted to research in perception and psychiophysics.

Light and color is a windowless room, painted matt black, that measures about 3.5x5 meters. There are two research zones, but give the size of the lab only one experiment at a time can be conducted. The lab is equipped with a new PC that can run MatLab and Python, and an old Macintosh that runs SuperLab. There are several CRT and an LCD monitor. The lab is also equipped with different types of lighting, a stereoscope, and tools for building apparatus.

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Daniele Zavagno

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3095

Mibtec
Mibtec

The MIBTEC lab represents one of the spaces provided by the MIBTEC research centre (www.mibtec.it). It is dedicated to the development of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) paradigms requiring limited movement spaces with the adoption of 3D viewers (e.g., Oculus Rift). The main goal is to study human behavior within virtual environments that simulate real life contexts in a controlled way.

The lab has an area of about 25 square meters and houses several cubicles for conducting experiments.

The MIBTEC lab is equipped with several hig-performance computer for the development of 3D environments develped in C# and Unity, several Facebook OCULUS (Rift and Go) viewers and controllers and other specific hardware expansions that are constantly updated.

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Dr. Alessandro Gabbiadini

Mibtec Cave
MibCave

Mibtec Cave is part of the Mind and Behavioral Technological Center (www.mibtec.it) excellence research center. The laboratory is mainly dedicated to the development of Virtual Reality (VR) paradigms, where large spaces of movement, and the interaction between two or more participants are needed within the simulated environment. The research activity of the laboratory is oriented to the study of human behavior within simulated and modifiable environments. The research aims of the lab activities are both theoretical and applied, and oriented to the development and improvement of remote interaction experiences mediated by advanced technological solutions (in the fields of human work, health, quality of life, user experience, marketing, human-machine interaction, robotics, etc).

The laboratory extends over an area of ​​approximately 120 m2 and contains several rooms fully equipped for running experiments with one or more participants. In particular, there are two 25m2 black painted rooms, one for each CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment), two 12m2 rooms with driving and walking simulators, a further 15 m2 room, accessory spaces and an office room for the technicians'.

The laboratory is equipped with 2 interactive CAVE (3x3x2.5m) with 5 Barco projectors, Oculus & HTC viewers, Cyberith Virtualizer for walking simulation, 1 dynamic driving simulator, 1 full body Optitrack motion capture system with 8 infrared cameras, 1 full body Optitrack motion capture system with 4 infrared cameras, 2 surround sound systems, Arduino microcontrollers, latest generation multicore workstations, full body-suits and IR markers. Several 3D virtual environments and task simulations are currently installed in the laboratories.

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Alberto Gallace

Location: U9, 1st  floor, Room 903

Eye Movement Laboratory
Mov Oc

The laboratory is dedicated to experiments that require measuring ocular motility. Researches carried out in the laboratory investigate ocular motility associated to decision making experiments, attention, perception, verbal comprehension and reading behavior.

The lab has a station that includes a setting comprising two PCs: the first generates and presents visual/aural stimuli while the other manages the video camera and the equipment that records eye movements (ASL and EYElink). The two PCs communicate in real time to allow for the synchronized recording of the events. 

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Francesca Foppolo

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3108

Neuropsychology

The Laboratory is dedicated to experimental neuropsychology studies in neurologically-healthy individuals and in patients affected by brain damage and deficits of sensory-motor or cognitive functions.

The following equipment is available:

  • Computerized multisensory Stimulation (visual, tactile, vibratory, nociceptive and acoustic) and video projection
  • Recording of neurophysiological parameters using both BIOPAC and portable equipment (skin conductance, cardiovascular and respiratory functions).
  • Study of bodily illusions (rubber hand illusion, mirror box)
  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
  • Portable Virtual Reality (head-mounted display)

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Dr. Daniele Romano

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3102

Neurostimulab I e II
Neurostim

The lab is dedicated to the use of neuromodulation technique (TMS/tDCS/tACS), brain activity recording (EEG) and neuropsychological assessment (VLSM + neuropsychological testing) in order to study the interface between brain and cognition in several domains: face processing, language, attention, consciousness. In addition, it is possible to run studies aimed at evaluating the functional changes produced by neuromodulation.

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Costanza Papagno

Location: U6, 3rd floor, 3104/3106

ODMIR - Bicocca Child&BabyLab
Odmir

The lab is dedicated to the investigation of the origins and early development of the human mind. We measure both behavioral (preferential looking and habituation paradigms) and electrophysiological responses (electroencephalography, EEG; event related potentials, ERPs; electromyography, EMG; and skin conductance, SCR).

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Chiara Turati

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3093

Lab webpage https://bicoccababylab.wixsite.com/mindevlab

Early Childhood Observation Laboratory
Infanzia

The laboratory is mainly dedicated to the behavioral observation of children, from infancy to childhood, and their caregivers. The investigations concern different areas of child development, with particular reference to the communicative-linguistic, cognitive and socio-affective domains.

The laboratory consists of two rooms (a control room and an observation room) communicating via a one-way mirror. The laboratory’s equipment and structure permit the recording of the observational sessions, allowing the subsequent classification and measurement of the children’s behaviors. Inside it is furnished with objects and toys suitable for children in the 0-10 range.

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Nicoletta Salerni

Location: 3rd floor Room 3092

Spatial Perception and Attention
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This laboratory is used for experiments in the psychology of unisensory and multisensory perception, visual attention, and spatial cognition.

The laboratory is divided into three small spaces: two are isolated by walls and accessible through an independent door (no windows), and the third comprising the remaining space and equipped with a sound-proof booth.

There are thus three different work stations, which make it possible for two experiments to be conducted at the same time.

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Roberta Daini 

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3105

Perception and Action laboratory
Percez az

The lab is equipped for carrying out experiments requiring the recording and analysis of arm movements executed by operating with a haptic manipulandum as well as movement associated to handwriting and drawing. It also allows one to generate visual stimuli in a semi immersive environment.

The haptic manipulandum is a robotic arm (MOOG FCS hapticMaster), which allows the active control of the movements executed by the subject (normally his arm) but also the accurate recording of movements. The robotic arm can be programmed in MatLab. The large, curved surface screen (ELUMENS Vision Station) allows a 180 deg field of view. It is supplied with a high-resolution data projector and a wide-angle projection lens. Lab is also equipped with a big digitizing table used to study writing, drawing and more generally two-dimensional movements. The scripts to control the experiments must be written ex novo for each project.

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Natale Stucchi

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3090

Social Perception and Cognition Lab

The Social Perception and Cognition LAB studies the processes that determine human behavior. The laboratory carries out experimental studies on attitudes, inter-group relations, and cognitive processes underpinning the formation of impressions of individuals and groups. Most of the studies carried out at the laboratory use ‘computer-based’ behavioral methodologies and concern social categorization and the processes that lead to stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

The laboratory has three stations, each equipped with PC and video camera. The PCs are equipped with software for the study of reaction times (e.g., inquisit, e-prime, mouse tracker).

Access to the Lab must be requested to andd authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Marco Brambilla

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3114

Baby Lab - Bicocca Child&BabyLab
BabyLab

Studies in the Lab focus on all aspects of infant cognition, and perceptual development in infancy and early childhood. Methods include eye tracking for the recording of pupil dilation, eye gaze and looking times durations, and skin conductance response (SCR) as indication of autonomic nervous system arousal in response to a stimulus.

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Viola Macchi Cassia

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3094

Lab webpage: https://bicoccababylab.wixsite.com/mindevlab

Psychscope

The PsychoSCoPe (Psychometrics of Social Cognition and Personality) laboratory is used for the measurement and study of implicit and explicit attitudes, personality dimensions, associative and propositional learning, and their underlying processes and behavioral correlates. Most of the studies conducted within the laboratory employ "computer-based" scripts. The laboratory consists of eight cubicles, each equipped with a PC. The PCs are equipped with software to study reaction times (i.e, Inquisit) and some response devices (joysticks, response boxes).

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Marco Perugini

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3110

Psycholinguistic and Cognition Laboratory
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The lab is set-up to run behavioral experiments in psycholinguistics and cognitive psychology.

The lab includes 4 testing stations with Windows and/or Linux OSs, and a computer for the researcher’s personal use. The testing stations are equipped with software for the collection of chronometric data (Psychtoolbox, E-Prime, PsychoPy), and optimized for a precise management of timing in the presentation of experimental stimuli. The lab also includes a desk that can be used for experiments to be conducted with own tools (for example a personal laptop).

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Marco Marelli

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3035

Experimental Clinical Psychology

The lab is equipped for carrying out studies in experimental clinical psychology and psychopathology. Stimuli (images, audio, video) can be presented and behavioral responses (e.g., reaction times) can be recorded. Examples of studies that can be conducted in the lab are facial and prosodic emotion processing, attention toward emotional stimuli, use of implicit measures (e.g., the Implicit Association Test).

The lab is equipped with 4 Windows PCs, one of which is dedicated to VR (C# and Unity), with Facebook OCULUS headset and controllers for studies on virtual reality environments.

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Emanuele Preti

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3121

Psychology and Health Communication
Salute

The laboratory research activity focuses on psychology and communication applied to the health field. Studies can be conducted on the role of psychological factors and lifestyles in the genesis, evolution, and management of chronic and complex pathologies, on the efficacy of tailored communication protocols, on the development of apps and digital interventions for the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

The lab is equipped with 2 Windows PC and with the following equipment:

- semi-automatic digital blood pressure monitors,

- bioelectrical impedance (BIA) devices,

- body measuring tape,

- wearable devices for heart rate.

Access to the lab must be requested to andd authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Patrizia Steca

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3045

Social Psychology Laboratory

The laboratory is available for qualitative, quantitative and experimental research in the field of social psychology.

Individual and group interviews can be conducted and audio/video recorded for the analysis of attitudes and representations.

Four computer stations equipped with video camera allow conducting surveys of attitudes, opinions, values, and experimental studies that investigate the cognitive processes underlying attitudes, stereotypes and prejudices, inter-individual and intergroup behaviours, and decision-making.

Available software: E-Prime, Inquisit and MATLAB for experiment programming and data acquisition; SPSS for statistical data analysis: T-Lab for analysis of textual data.

Access to the lab must be requested to andd authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Lorenzo Montali

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3044

Experimental Psychology

The lab is dedicated to behavioral experiments relying on computer-based testing. The setting is particularly well suited for behavioral measures relying on fast presentation of video stimuli (e.g. masked priming paradigms).

The lab is equipped with two Windows desktops and with two monitors able to reach a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The usual software for PC testing is already available.

Access to the lab must be requested to and authorized by the lab director.

The lab director will make available the booking calendar at the following link:

http://calendariolab.psicologia.unimib.it

Director: Prof. Carlo Reverberi

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3131