Lab Equipment – Dissertation

Here you can get an idea of the equipment you can use for your dissertations. If you are planning on using any of the following equipment, please do get in contact with us as soon as possible to book in a meeting.

Contact Information: HSSpsychlab@brighton.ac.uk

Booking Equipment

Please try to book equipment at least 4 working days in advance.

To book equipment, contact us with the details of the resources you will need, and when you will need them. We’ll confirm whether the equipment is available. If you wish to cancel a booking please let us know as soon as possible.  Equipment will be loaned on a first come first served basis and is subject to availability.

University of Brighton Students – Please see our Share Point page for a more detail description of the equipment available for you to use for your dissertations

Our Equipment


Eye-Tracking Glasses

Eye-Tracking is used to study the visual attentional patterns of individuals, across a variety of research areas, including:

CCTV Observation/Analysis; Marketing & Advertisement Research; Visual Search; Police and Offender perceptions.​


Virtual Reality

VR allows participants to immerse themselves in virtual environments, so that researchers can study typically impractical situations. Research areas can include:

The effects of virtual interactions, phobias, wellbeing, mediation, city architecture and more.


Psychophysiological Measures

Our BioPac equipment can be used to measure Galvanic Skin Responses (EDA).

See image below for more information:

EDA is used to study Galvanic Skin responses. It is influenced by the sympathetic nervous system in response to external stimuli. EDA can be used to study levels of Excitement, Stress, Nervousness​ & Alertness


Electroencephalography (EEG)

EEG is a non-invasive method of studying electrical activity produced by the brain. EEG has a variety of uses, including providing biofeedback, as well as recording how the brain responds to different stimuli.


Robotic Cat (Pigeon)

Robotic emotional support pets can be used to research the impact that robotic pets can have on emotional wellbeing, in comparison to real pets.

They can be used in environments where it may not be possible to have animals/pets, such as, hospitals or nursing homes.


Creative Methods materials

For creative methods and elicitation. A range of materials such as lego, plasticine, paper, pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes, beads, foam shapes, feathers, pom poms and more.


All Other Equipment

Beer Goggles – Impairment goggles worn to simulate the visual aspects of being drunk. Different light conditions and drunkness levels available.

Cannabis googles – Goggles simulate the visual aspects of being under the influence of cannabis.

Blood pressure monitor – Allows blood pressure to be recorded and uploaded to an iPad or iPhone.

Body analyser – Allows weight, body fat percentage and heart rate to be measured, and recorded on an iPad or iPhone.

Finger pulse oximeter – Clipped to a finger to instantly measure pulse rate and level of oxygen in the blood.

Galvanic skin resistance monitor – Allows changes in Galvanic skin resistance to be heard. Galvanic skin response has been used in lie detectors and is associated with stress levels.

Hand tallies – “Clicker” counters for counting large numbers of people.

Stopwatches – Allow accurate measurement of time.

iPads – Can be booked out by staff and students for use in the lab and elsewhere. Useful for administering questionnaires in remote settings for example.

Laptops – Can be booked for use in the lab or elsewhere.

Headphones – Over ear studio headphones.

Nintendo Wii – Can be set up in the VR & Eye-Tracking room. Has access to Nintendo Wii Family Edition, with Wii sports and Wii party.

ESP cards – Used to explore Extra Sensory Perception.


Video and Audio Recording Equipment

Video Cameras – The lab has a range of video cameras: easy to use ‘Handycams’, professional, cinema quality cameras, GoPro cameras that can be mounted anywhere.

Digital cameras – Simple digital cameras for taking photos or recording videos.

Microphones – Lab has high quality mics for use with iPhones and iPads, small “shotgun” microphones to attach to video cameras to give excellent quality sound whilst filming remotely, and a studio microphone for excellent quality sound recording in the lab.

Digital voice recorders – Small and portable, ideal for recording focus groups or interviews in the lab or elsewhere.

Tripods – Lab has a range of tripods for mounting cameras, and video cameras and iPads.

Wearable cameras – These cameras can be worn like a badge or around the neck, and can take still images and movies. They can also stream live to an iPad.

Motrr Galileo – Robotic mount for iPhone or GoPro camera allowing it to be controlled remotely, or track an individual.