Peripheral equipment

Visual stimulation

Panasonic PT-DW750BU Projector

projector

The DBIC uses the Panasonic PT-DW750BU 7000-Lumen WXGA DLP Projector for the presentation of visual stimulus. This projector offers 7000 lumens of brightness and a 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, which work together to overcome light in most rooms and provide detail in dark areas of the image. Additionally, this projector has a WXGA 1280 x 800 native resolution for viewing detailed pictures or data. It is powered by a DLP chip system with a dual-lamp design. The PT-DW750BU includes a lens with a 1.8 to 2.5:1 throw ratio that can produce images from 50 to 600".

The projector has HDMI, DVI-D, 5-BNC, and VGA inputs, which allows for different types of external video sources. It is controllable via Ethernet, RS-232, M3, or the included IR/wired remote control.

The projector attaches to stimulus computer via video adapter. The image is mirrored on a monitor in the control room.

MRIFocus (MRI-compatible corrective lenses)

MRIFocus
 

The DBIC uses Cambridge Research Systems MRIFocus for Siemens corrective lenses for both the 32- and 64-channel head coils.

Auditory stimulation

Audio Stimulus (Sensimetrics Model S14)

Sensimetrics

The S14 insert earphones provide high-quality acoustic stimulus delivery while attenuating scanner noise. They are small enough to fit within any head coil, and can be covered with circumaural muffs for added protection if the coil allows.

Frequency response equalization is achieved by pre-filtering stored digital stimuli. Equalization filters are provided and can be used either within Matlab or with a stand-alone filtering program (provided). A small power amplifier is required.

Audio stimulus is connected to stimulus computer via 2.5mm jack. External speakers are available in the control room to allow monitoring of the audio stimulus.

participant Response devices

Current Designs 932 Interface

Current Designs

The opto-electronic interface receives optical signals from the handheld devices in the MR suite and converts them into electronic signals for the computer.  The 932 is standards-based: the outputs are not designed to be used with a specific program or hardware platform, but are instead designed to work with everything. This interface provides complete USB, Serial, and Parallel outputs.

4-Button Bimanual

4-button

2x2

2x2

Pyka 5-button grip

pyka

Trackball 2

Trackball

Joystick

Joystick
 

Optoacoustics FOMRI III microphone

For recording audio in the scanner, the DBIC offers the FOMRI III microphone.

EYETRaCKING

SR RESEARCH EYELINK 1000 PLUS

Eyelink

The DBIC uses the SR Research Eyelink 1000 Plus for eyetracking data collection. Our system offers a high-speed camera with upgraded high-speed tracking, a fiber-optic camera head, long range mounting bar, 890nm Illuminator, 20/32/64 channel Siemens head coil mirror (16cm x 12cm), 50mm lens for MRI, and a Siemens Prisma tray mount.

 

Physiological monitoring

BIOPAC MP160

Biopac MP160

For collecting real-time physiological data during fMRI scanning, such as skin conductance, pulse rate, and respiration rate, DBIC maintains a BIOPAC MP160 system. The system includes a dedicated MacBook laptop running AcqKnowledge software facilitating data recording. A USB interface allows the investigator to connect their laptop to the BIOPAC system for synchronizing experimental and physiological time-courses, or for sending event markers or arbitrary time-course data. The BIOPAC system is highly modular, modifiable, and flexible -- affording investigators a wide range of options for collecting auxiliary data and enhancing experimental protocols. 

BIOPAC user guide

Reprostim

ReproStim is a video capture and recording suite for neuroimaging and psychology experiments currently under development at the DBIC and developed by Yarick Halchenko and Andy Connolly. Its goal is to provide experimenters with a complete record of audio and visual stimulation for every data collection session by making it possible to easily collect high fidelity copies of the actual stimuli shown to each subject in the form of video files that can be stored alongside behavioral or neuroimaging data in public repositories.

ReproStim provides for enhanced experimental reproducibility and a safeguard against data loss in cases of data-collection irregularites. Because ReproStim provides an exact record of the actual stimuli delivered during any given experimental session, it makes it possible to precisely reproduce experimental sessions, even if the original trial sets were randomized and precise trial details not recorded. In cases of experimental irregularities, such as aborted fMRI runs, unexpected glitches in trial timing, or programming errors that cause records of trial conditions to be lost, valuable data (which can be especially costly in cases of fMRI of ECog, for example) can be recoded and recovered using the audio-visual record provided by ReproStim.

The developmental version of ReproStim is currently deployed at the DBIC and we are archiving videos of all scanning sessions. The computer called ReproIner runs the ReproStim software at the DBIC. For more information, contact Andy Connolly or check out ReproStim on GitHub: https://github.com/ReproNim/reprostim