Research Modules

Module 1: the MRI scanner

Under the responsability of Prof. P. Vuilleumier (Patrik.Vuilleumier(at) 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: the BBL-IS

Under the academic responsibility of Prof. D. Grandjean (Didier.Grandjean(at) and the technical responsibility of the engineer Emmanuel Badier (Emmanuel.Badier(at), the BBL is equipped with a high-end Virtual Reality (VR) immersive platform composed by a 4-frame CAVE™ system. The BBL-IS (BBL-Immersive System) allows researchers to benefit of the state of the art of new technical possibilities 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 frame of about 2.5 m per side is powered by high definition (pixel size 1.3 mm) 3D stereoscopic images to bring a real sense of immersion. Moreover, this system it can be or will be coupled with others tools and apparatus for physiological recordings such as electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), skin conductance, and online gaze tracking with the help of a wireless eye-tracker. This system is also equipped with a real-time olfactive stimulation system. It will be possible to use accurate and dynamic facial expressions produced by the FACSGen software. Thanks to VICON tracking the user’s state and motion interact directly with the virtual world.

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Module 3: the EEG and TMS lab

Under the responsability of Prof. C. Michel (Christoph.Michel(at), 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: the sleep lab

Under the responsability of Dr. S. Schwarz (Sophie.Schwartz(at) 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: the psychophysiology lab

Under the responsabiliy of Dr. D. Grandjean (Didier.Grandjean(at), 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: the acoustic cabin

This module under the responsabiliy of Dr. D. Grandjean (Didier.Grandjean(at), is under construction

Module 7: the visual perception lab

Under the responsability of Prof. P. Vuilleumier (Patrik.Vuilleumier(at) the visual perception lab houses an eye-tracker.


Module 8: the examination room

This room is available for medical examination.

Module 9: the computer room

A seminar room with several computers can be booked by BBL researchers.