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What facilities, hardware and applications are available for you to use?

YNiC understands the importance of investing in technology and the value of accurate scientific measurement. As such, we have invested extensively in both industry leading technologies for measurement, stimulus delivery and subject response capture as well as in-house development of competitive hardware solutions and software applications to improve, refine or replace those industry solutions which we feel require improvement.

Below follows an overview of the equipment and resources available at YNiC including information about the scanners, TMS equipment, stimulus delivery equipment, participant response devices, analysis resources as well as all the associated software solutions used.

Scanners and equipment

Stimulus Delivery Hardware

Visual

  • MRI:
    • Siemens:
      • Projector: PROPixx DLP LED Projector (VPixx Technologies)

        • 1920x1080 Native resolution (HD)
        • 120 Hz refresh rate (up to 1440Hz possible)
        • 3D capable using a circular polarizer
      • Screen: Custom in-bore acrylic rear projection screen subtending 40 x 23 degrees of visual angle default (up to 50x30 possible)
    • GE:
      • Projector: Epson EB-G5900 3LCD projector

        • 1024 x 768 Native resolution (HD)
        • 60 Hz refresh rate
      • Screen: Custom in-bore acrylic rear projection screen subtending 40 x 23 degrees of visual angle default
  • MEG:
    • Projector: PROPixx DLP LED Projector (VPixx Technologies)

      • 1920x1080 Native resolution (HD)
      • 120 Hz refresh rate (up to 1440Hz possible)
      • 3D capable using a circular polarizer
    • Screen: Custom suspended 1.5 x 1.2 m fabric rear projection screen subtending > 65 x 30 degree visual field in MEG

Auditory

Somatosensory Stimulation

  • Electrical stimulation (2 channels): Single pulses or trains, fully electrically isolated
  • Pneumatic stimulators (5 channels): Varying pulses intensity and duration
  • Vibro-tactile array (4 x 2 channels): Braille cell, all pins individually programmable

Calibration Hardware

  • Auditory
    • B&K equipment for calibration of auditory equipment

  • Visual:
    • Colour and gamma correction calibration available
  • Timing:
    • Black Box Toolkit: Multimodal. Visual, auditory, somatosensory, Timing anomaly detection to sub ms accuracy. Allows for correction in delays between actual and perceived generation of trigger and subsequent presentation of stimuli. Correction of response time inaccuracies.

Stimulus Delivery Software

Fully Supported

Unsupported

Response Capture

  • Fibre Optic Response pads:
    • USB 5 button response box

      • returns a USB keyboard 1,2,3,4, or 6 depending on which button is pressed, and can give a keyboard 5 for each pulse of the scanner. By default this response pad is kept in GE
    • USB 4 x 2 button response box (4 button left hand, 4 button right hand)

      • returns a USB keyboard 1,2,3,4 (LH) or 6,7,8,9 (RH) depending on which button is pressed, and can give a keyboard 5 for each pulse of the scanner. By default this response pad is kept in Siemens
    • USB 4 button response box

      • returns a USB keyboard 1,2,3 or 4 depending on which button is pressed, and can give a keyboard 5 for each pulse of a scanner (not relevant in MEG). By default this response pad is kept in MEG
  • Serial Connection Response pads:
    • Lumina Response pads, each with two buttons. By default this is kept in GE.
  • Optical trackball (MRI only)

Co-registration in MEG

  • Polhemus fast-track headshape digitisation kit
  • 3D camera co-registration system

Computing Facilities

  • Analysis Hardware
    • HP workstations in open access suite
    • Multi-node computing cluster
  • Analysis Software
    • fMRI, DTI and MRS:
      • FSL (fully supported)
      • SPM 2 and 12 (unsupported) N.B. SPM 2 will be removed in Summer 2021.
      • AFNI (unsupported)
      • In-house tools utilising Python, VTK, C and Matlab
    • MEG
  • Stimulus delivery and preparation
    • Linux workstations