Four of our lab members have just returned from an intensive week-long summer school held in The School of Psychology at Bangor University, Wales, where they were taught how to conduct, analyse and interpret event-related potentials (ERPs). ERPs are specific brain waves that are generated in response to particular events, such as seeing a picture or word. Within the first second of seeing a stimulus, the brain generates tiny increases in electrical activity that are picked up by electrodes placed on the scalp, and can indicate the activity of different brain systems involved in perceiving and responding to that stimulus. By looking at the timing of these tiny electrical changes, and where they are detected on the scalp, we can gain a better understanding of how different types of stimuli (such as words, faces, emotions and sounds) are processed.
Much of the research in the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab is focussed on EEG and ERP, so the summer school was a great introductory course for our first year PhD students, who hope to examine ERPs in their upcoming research projects.
More information about the ERP summer school can be found at the following website: http://erpsummerschool.bangor.ac.uk/