Cheryl Dickter is not the only faculty member in the
psychology department who is looking at people's brain waves. The department
got a state-of-the-art EEG system this year, with help from Paul Kieffaber, an
assistant professor of psychology who helped design it.
The new facility, located in the Integrated Science
Center, is perfect for the kinds of studies that Dickter's lab does, she said.
A lot can affect a person's brain waves and the measurement of them. The new
system's Faraday cage, where test subjects sit, is lined with copper wire,
which blocks electrical signals from the building's lights that can interfere
with the readings.
"We get cleaner data," said Dickter. "We can look at
people's brain waves and learn about how they process the various stimuli that
we present to them."