Opened in Fall 2015, the Human Psychophysiology Laboratory is a student-centered teaching lab equipped with state-of-the-art equipment where undergraduates are trained in the measurement and analysis of the physiological underpinnings of emotional and mental processes. In several classes, including Physiological Psychology, Health Psychology, and Human Psychophysiology, students measure how brain waves, heart and vascular activity, muscle activity, changes in skin temperature, eye movements, and reaction time change during various mental activities.
In the first academic year that the lab was open (2015-2016), there were 192 unique student lab visits. This number increased to 249 visits in 2016-2017. Moreover, 17 students have gained substantial research training through independent studies or research assistantships. Such research experience is vital for graduate school applications.
The Human Psychophysiology Laboratory is financially supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, (Institutional Services, Title III, Part B, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program).