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. Advanced TMS Navigator 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; directions) on the Storrs campus. The Brain Imaging Research Center offers the resources for nearly any MRI, EEG or neuromodulation study.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

3 Tesla Siemens Prisma Scanner equipped with a range of head and body coils:

  • 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

Product and research pulse sequences for:

  • Structural imaging
  • Diffusion imaging
  • BOLD
  • Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI)
  • Spectroscopy and chemical shift imaging
  • Simultaneous Multislice (SMS) EPI

Stimulus presentation and response hardware for high fidelity auditory and visual presentation:

  • In-Scanner Stereo auditory presentation (Avotec)
  • In-Scanner LCD Screen (BOLDscreen)
  • In-Scanner Fiber-Optic Microphone
  • Current Designs MR-compatible response pads

In-Scanner Eye Tracking (SR Research Eye Link 1000 Plus) with Experiment Builder

MR-compatible 256-channel EEG for simultaneous recording

  • NetAmps 410 Amplifier with Net Station 5.3
  • Geodesic Position System Dome for Electrode locations
  • Complete range of electrode net sizes for child and adult friendly electrode application

EEG Recording

  • 256-channel EGI NetAmps 400 EEG system for out-of-scanner use
  • MR-compatible 256-channel EEG for simultaneous MRI/EEG recording
  • Sound-attenuated booth for EEG and behavioral experiments
  • EGI Geodesic Photogammetry System for electrode localization
  • Neuromodulation package for tDCS stimulation
  • Complete range of electrode net sizes for child and adult friendly electrode application

Neuromodulation

MagVenture MagPro X100 transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) stimulator with:

  • Localite TMS Navigator system
  • Biphasic and monophasic waveforms
  • Flat and 120º butterfly coils
  • Liquid-cooled butterfly coil

EGI GTEN 100 for high density transcranial current stimulation:

  • 256-channel electrode net with simultaneous EEG recording
  • tDCS, tACS, tRNS and tPCS
  • EGI Geodesic Photogammetry System for electrode localization
  • Individualized current models

Experimental Control

Licenses for major experimental control softwares are available for use with MRI, EEG or behavioral protocols. Supported software includes

  • E-PRIME 2.0
  • MATLAB
  • Presentation
  • Experiment Builder
  • PsychoPy & OpenSesame
  • SuperLab

Data Management

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).