Do you want to become a member of the VUW neuroscience community?
Hello and thank you for your interest in being a participant for the Victoria University of Wellington Human Neuroscience Research Group!.

We are looking for potential participants to be involved in research at the Victoria University of Wellington school of psychology by being part of a summer research participant pool. The participant pool will be accessed by many labs in the school of psychology. 

Below is a list of labs involved with links to their websites:

VUW Cognitive and Affective neuroscience lab

VUW Consciousness and Cognition lab

VUW Affective and Criminal Neuroscience lab

All we will need from you today is a name and an email to indicate that you have an interest in participating in our studies. Researchers will then send out study invitations and information for their own studies as they are ready to start collecting data. 

If you are willing to add your name to the participant pool please fill out the form below. If you have any questions, feel free to email, and thank you again for your interest
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Our research methods
If you would like more information regarding our studies please have a look at the lab websites above or the information below.
Our research interests involve a range of methods, both online and in-person. The studies you will be invited to particiate in will involve one or more of the follwing methods.

Behavioural studies:
Some of the greatest contributions to Cognitive Psycjology stem from behavioural studies wherein participants complete tasks that assess aspects of cognition such as percepton, attention, memory or conciousness. these may be competed online or in person depending on the needs o the researcher.

Electroencephalography (EEG) is a technique used to detect the small variations in voltage across the scalp to provide some indication of cortical brain activity. In EEG studies, participants wear an electrode cap while performing a (usually computer based) task.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a safe non-invasive technique that temporarily influences brain activity. A magnetic coil is placed on the head, which sends out electromagnetic pulses, causing neural depolarisation or hyper-polarisation and temporarily disrupting cortical activity. TMS enables us to target specific areas in the brain to examine their role in human functioning. To participate in a TMS study, you will first get an MRI brain scan.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods allow us to take images of the structure of the brain. MRI scans are safe, non-invasive and often allow us to pinpoint areas of investigation for future studies. Participants are often given a picture of their own scan at the completion of the study.

Eye tracking:
In the lab, we use eyetracking to help us identify those features or objects that are most relevant to people, and to determine what factors may be involved in directing and re-directing attention. In these studies participants are placed in front of an eye tracking camera and are asked to perform simple visual tasks.

Using a virtual reality (VR) headset and series of sensors/controllers, theVR studies run at VUW ask questions about the mind and behaviour by eliciting realistic emotional states and assessing aspects of cognition in a more ecologoically valid setting than the traditional lab.
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