Equipment Information

The University of Connecticut provides a world-class environment for conducting research in the Cognitive Neurosciences.  The 3,200 square foot Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) houses a 3 Tesla Siemens Prisma MRI Scanner.  Additional systems allow for simultaneous EEG-ERP studies using dense EEG (Electrical Geodesics, Inc.) with 256 channels and Eye Tracking (SR-Research Eye Link 1000 Plus).  A MagVenture TMS (X100) is available for use to all researchers and integrated for simultaneous with with the EEG and Eye Tracking systems.  Advanced NeuroNavigation software allows for the precise targeting of the TMS pulse on individual subjects with a high-resolution MRI scan.  Additional systems allow precise measurement of heart rate and respiration.  In addition, the center houses multiple behavioral testing rooms, a sound-attenuated testing chamber, and a high-end data processing lab, featuring high-end Mac and PC Workstations with over 64GB of RAM and 50TB worth of data storage allowing researchers to analyze their data with cutting edge software (AFNI, FSL, SPM, MATLAB, R).

The UConn Brain Imaging Research Center is located in the David C. Phillips Communication Sciences Building (PCSB; info; map) on the Storrs campus.  The Brain Imaging Research Center offers the following technologies:

  • 3 Tesla Siemens Prisma Scanner
    • 20-channel head/neck coil
    • 64-channel head/neck coil
    • 18-channel body coil
    • 32-channel spine coil
    • Shoulder coil
    • Hand/Wrist coil
    • Foot/Ankle coil
    • Knee coil
  • In-Scanner 256-channel EEG/ERP System (EGI)
    • NetAmps 410 Amplifier with Net Station 5.3
    • Geodesic Position System Dome for Electrode locations
    • Child and Adult friendly electrode application
  • In-Scanner Eye Tracking (SR Research Eye Link 1000 Plus)
  • Experimental Control
    • E-PRIME 2.0
    • MATLAB
    • Presentation
    • Experiment Builder
    • PsychoPy & OpenSesame
    • SuperLab
  • In-Scanner Stereo auditory presentation (Avotec)
  • In-Scanner LCD Screen (BOLDscreen)
  • In-Scanner Fiber-Optic Microphone
  • MagVenture TMS X100 System
  • Out-of-scanner 256-channel EEG/ERP System (EGI)
    • NetAmps 400 Amplifier with Net Station 5.3
    • Neuromodulation package for tDCS stimulation

With these technologies we offer the following services to users of the center:

  • Anatomical and Functional MRI Scanning
  • Diffusion Weighted Imaging / Diffusion Tensor Imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (single voxel)
  • In-scanner “simultaneous” EEG/ERP Data collection

Additionally, the center houses a data analysis lab to assist members of the community with analysis of their data.  Alongside high-end Macintosh workstations, we offer centralized data management (NiDB) and up-to-date analysis software for both MRI and EEG/ERP data as well as MATLAB, Python, and multiple language compilers (e.g. GCC, Clang).