The Biolab lets you easily collect physiological measurements. It is very useful when you want to measure the physical response of the subject following some stimulus. There are no limits to the types of experiments which could use the equipment. The instruments are computer based are controlled by menu choices. It will even calculate your data and graph the results!
There are different instruments called modules for different physiological responses. You might use just one or you might choose to use several measurements and graph the results on the same graph for comparison.
Possible applications for different modules:
The Biolab is located in my office. There is a comfortable chair for your subjects to use when doing relaxation and biofeedback studies. You might want to choose a different chair if you are having your subjects do a task, read, or listen to some stimuli. Just sitting in the chair will begin the relaxation process for many people. It is a possible extraneous variable in some studies.
The lab assistant will be happy to help you run subjects until you feel comfortable doing so. My office can be reserved for your study with some advance notice. We'll even put the papers away for you!
You should print your graphs in my office using the Epson dot matrix printer. It will also print out the data summary for each session. Please check out the printing before you run subjects so we can be sure that the ribbon is good and you know how it works.
There is an extensive collection of biofeedback literature on the white shelves behind the printers. You may sign out books if you don't have time to finish reading in my office.
Shea, November 1999
Department of Psychology, University of Maine at Farmington