Module 1: MRI scanner
Under the responsability of Prof. Patrik Vuilleumier the BBL houses a 3T MRI scanner that is used to see how various regions of the brain interact, function or dysfunction, by measuring local activity with a high resolution and visualizing the fine connections between the different brain areas.
Module 2: BBL-IS
Under the academic responsibility of Prof. Didier Grandjean and the technical responsibility of the Software Engineer Emmanuel Badier, the BBL is equipped with a high-end Virtual Reality (VR) immersive platform composed with a 4-frame CAVE™ system. The BBL-IS (BBL-Immersive System) allows researchers to benefit of the state of the art in virtual reality for creating and using immersive virtual scenes. These virtual scenes can present various situations to elicit emotions in participants during experimental settings. Each screen of about 2.4 m per side is powered by high definition (pixel size 1.4 mm) 3D stereoscopic images to bring a real sense of immersion. Moreover, this system can be coupled with others tools and apparatus for physiological recordings such as electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), skin conductance, and online gaze tracking.
Module 3: EEG and TMS lab
Under the responsability of Prof. Christoph Michel, the BBL is also equipped with sophisticated 256-channel EEG systems that serve to provide information about the speed and network dynamics of cognitive processes. This is used on its own or together with MRI, and allows precise localisation and evaluation of abnormal brain activity in epilepsy or psychiatry conditions. In addition, the laboratory also employs transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) which produces a transient disruption or modulation of cortical brain areas through the skull, and can thus probe or influence the function of these areas in a non-invasive manner.
Module 4: sleep lab
Under the responsability of Dr. Sophie Schwartz the sleep lab makes it possible to directly test the effect of emotions induced in the virtual reality lab and to record during sleep the subsequent changes in electrical and functional activity of the brain.
Module 5: psychophysiology lab
Under the responsabiliy of Dr. Sylvain Delplanque, the psychophysiology lab makes it possible to elicit and record various bodily changes (such as heart rate, respiration, skin conductance, electromyography, temperature, etc.) during cognitive and emotive challenges.
Module 6: acoustic cabin
This module under the responsabiliy of Prof. Didier Grandjean is under construction
Module 7: visual perception lab
Under the responsability of Prof. Patrik Vuilleumier the visual perception lab houses an eye-tracker.
Module 8: examination room
This room is available for medical examination.
Module 9: Parallel Testing room
A seminar room with several identical computers can be booked by BBL researchers.