DK Research Infrastructure

The faculty members of the DK are all well established University academics at the level of associate or full professor and researchers with active research grants employing doctoral students and/or postdocs. The DK students can be provided with work places in either the Department of Psychology or the CCNS locations in the Neuroscience Institute at the CDK, where the neuroimaging equipment is housed. A work place consists of a desk in a shared office with computer facilities, email and internet access, including the University Library and its electronic stock of journals.

The neuroimaging equipment is state of the art: 3-Tesla MRI Scanner (Siemens TimTrio with 32-channel coil), two TMS-stimulators (Magstim), one Neuronavigation system (localite Inc.), three sets of eye-tracking equipment (CCNS, Department of Psychology, Department of Linguistics), MRI compatible EEG, and five further EEGs at the Department of Psychology, and one in Linguistics.Furthermore, the department houses a Laboratory for Sleep and Consciousness research equipped for full-polysomnography. Devices for ambulatory sleep EEG, actigraphy (for monitoring sleep-wake activity) as well as neurofeedback (to directly train brain activity) are likewise available on-site. In addition a clinical sleep laboratory is currently established by Prof. Wilhelm. Information technology, including massive data storage, is managed by a full time technician. Moreover, the Department of Linguistics also provides a phonetic workstation (X-Wave), a clinical phonetic workstation (CSL), and equipment for palatography.

The workgroup "Neuroimaging" (Kronbichler) has implemented a training programme for using the equipment and analyzing the data, and a group of about 15 researchers have been trained to date (April 2010), who can efficiently spread in a pyramid system their knowledge to larger groups of newcomers. EEG expertise can be passed on by the existing large group of experts headed by Klimesch.

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