Shriver Center Labs located in Worcester

With a tradition of exemplary research in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), the Shriver Center is home to the following specialized laboratories and equipment:

Eye tracking laboratory
This lab contains two remote eye tracking systems by ISCAN Corp. These systems afford non-invasive, real-time measurement of an individual's point of regard as they examine images presented on a computer screen.

Motion capture laboratory  
This lab contains a six-camera VICON system enabling measurement of body and face movements in three-dimensional space. Reflective markers are affixed to the body or face, and the behavior of these markers is tracked in space for later reconstruction and analysis of their motion dynamics.

Electrophysiology laboratory
This lab houses two electrophysiology systems, one custom 32-channel system incorporating SA amplifiers, and a second 64-channel system from Electrical Geodesics. These systems enable non-invasive measurement of neural activity with temporal resolution on the order of milliseconds.

Audiology laboratory
This lab offers in-depth assessment of the auditory sensory-neural system, using both behavioral and physiologic methodology. The lab contains the following instrumentation:

  • A sound-isolated test chamber for threshold-level auditory assessment
  • The GSI 16 and GSI 39 instrumentation for hearing threshold assessment, evaluation of auditory processing, assessment of middle ear status and auditory brainstem acoustic reflexes
  • The Audera system for recording distortion product otoacoustic emissions to evaluate inner ear sensory hearing impairment, and other evoked potentials to assess auditory brainstem and auditory cortical functioning.

Community Access Mobile Evaluation Laboratory (CAMEL)
This 25-foot-long vehicle is outfitted for outreach and data collection with human participants. The CAMEL enables Shriver Center researchers to access participant populations that pose recruitment challenges as well as those with transportation challenges, and broadens the scope of research activities to a larger geographic area. CAMEL is funded by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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