The Department of Health and Social Sciences offers many facilities for students to use, from specialist recording equipment to the largest health care library in England.
Students conducting driving related projects have access to a state-of-the-art ASTISM driving simulator. This is a key piece of equipment used in psychology projects to assess such things as the effects of alcohol induced hangovers on driving performance and the use of caffeine drinks to reduce the effects of sleep loss.
Eye-tracking and Perception Lab
There are two eye-tracking laboratories at UWE which are used to investigate perception and eye-movements related to psychological phenomena. These labs are used in some of the undergraduate teaching for psychology and are available for third year projects.
Psychology Undergraduate Lab
The Psychology Undergraduate Lab has 16 Biopac amplifiers which record physiological data from participants. Examples of the types of physiological recordings are as follows:
- Electrodermal Activity (EDA) measures changes in electrical skin conductance
- Electromyogram (EMG) measures voluntary and involuntary muscle movements
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) measures heart rate
- Blood Pressure Measurement (BPM) measures blood pressure
- Electro-oculogram (EOG) measures saccadic eye-movements
- Electroencephalography (EEG) measures electrical activity from the brain
- Respiration measures breathing patterns.
Psychophysiology and EEG Lab
The Psychophysiology and EEG (electroencephalogram) Lab contains two systems for collecting EEG data, the Brain Vision system which has 40 channels, and the EGI geodesic system which has 128 channels. There is also a source room available which is equipped with a two-way mirror, ideal when carrying out sleep studies.
Sport and Exercise Lab
The Sport and Exercise Lab is well equipped with a Life Fitness treadmill and exercise bikes, as well as a multi-gym, exercise steps, flat screen televisions and weights. The LifeFitness treadmill and exercise bike can also provide measures of heart rate, distance run/cycled and calories burned. This lab is used for final year projects investigating aspects of sport and health psychology.
Excellent library facilities
The library on the Glenside Campus is one of the largest health and social care libraries in England, with a huge selection of books, journals and audio-visual materials including access to specialist health and social care databases.
Learning Technologies Technical Unit
The Learning Technologies Technical Unit (LTTU), based at the Glenside Campus, is a resource for both student and staff across all campuses and centres. LTTU provides a student project area and many services such as laminating, guillotining, binding of projects, training and loan of video/camera equipment and training on how to edit video tape. Items such as overhead projector film, video cassettes and stationery can be purchased from LTTU.