College of Natural Sciences Colorado State University Department of Psychology

CFT / TechFee Equipment

The Psychology Department, invites CSU students to take a look at how their CFT (Charges for Technology) funds are spent. We want to provide you with an open resource that lists your tuition University Technology Fee funds and how those funds are put to work for you within the psychology department. The following Facilities and Laboratory breakdowns list the software and technology purchased on CFT funds. Also listed are the courses that make use of this equipment and whether the equipment is used for student research experiences.

To learn more about CFT at Colorado State University, go to the UCFT / TechFee Equipment Page or get in touch with the College of Natural Sciences UCFT contacts.


Psychology Majors open Lab

This lab is open for psychology students and is located in Clark C80. Open lab hours are dependant on lab supervisors schedules. This lab houses 26 desktop computers and two printers for psychology student use. Available software includes SPSS, Eprime 2, and Office programs. (Lab Schedule)

Biopac System

This system presents a wide array of psychophysiology experimental techniques. It records noninvasive cardiac output and blood pressure while students perform tasks or respond to presentations. The system includes the hardware and software for acquiring galvanic skin responses, skin temperature, ECG, pulse, respiration, respiration, airflow, nerve conduction, continuous blood pressure, continuous cardiac output, EEG, EMG, EOG, and ECG.

Courses that use this system:
Biological Psychology Laboratory
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
Physiological Psychology Laboratory
Measurement and Testing

*This system is also used for student experience in research participation.

Classroom Facility in C71

This facility houses fifteen(15) new laptop computers (upgraded from 9 to 15 in 2014) for student in class use and a plasma display for instruction and classroom presentations. This facility houses the BIOPAC systems for in class use. This facility is also a wet-lab.

NEW!!! Summer 2015 - BIOPAC systems were upgraded to include the ability to receive EEG data utilizing the BIOPAC systems.

Courses that use this facility:
Biological Psychology Lab
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Classroom Facility in C72

This facility houses sixteen(16) NEW!!! PC computers for student in class use. This facility also houses a plasma display for instruction and classroom presentation, and a printer for student coursework. Software available for student in class use are SPSS and MatLab.

Additional systems in this facility:

Eyeview and Optec Tester - The eyeview software permits contrast sensitivity data to be scored instantly from the Optec Tester, then generates the contrast sensitivity function of the student and demonstrates how the world looks based on the contrast sensitivity function. This later function is particularly interesting for students with perfect vision, as it allows them to see how the world looks to someone who requires an optical correction.

Courses that use this facility:
Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
Sensation and Perception Laboratory

Classroom Facility in C79

This facility houses nineteen(19) PC computers for student in class use. This facility also houses a plasma display for instruction and classroom presentation, and a printer for student coursework. Software available for student in class use are SAS, SPSS and Medialab.

Courses that use this facility:
Social Psychology Laboratory
Measurement and Testing Laboratory

Driving Simulator Facility

This facility houses a state-of-the-art driving simulator. This simulator includes the full front seat compartment of an actual Ford automobile, complete with standard controls and functioning instrumentation. The system also includes tactile and proprioceptive feedback, surround sound, and high resolution wrap-around graphics.

Summer 2010 - We installed an upgrade to this facility by adding a motion platform for the system, and complete upgrades to the system and software.

Learn More About the Driving Simulator Here.

Courses that use this facility:
Cognitive Psychology Lab
Applied Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
Sensation and Perception Laboratory

*This facility is also used for student experience in research participation.

Electrophysiology Facility (EEG)

This facility houses a Neuroscan system that runs a traditional EEG system. This system is used to teach brain imaging projects and methods for hand placement of electrodes and the analysis of brain wave components, complementing what students learn about in class. The system requires many external pieces including but not limited to electrodes, potassium chloride concentrate, disinfectant, baby shampoo, and a water filtration system.

Courses that use this facility:
Biological Psychology Lab
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Physiological Psychology Laboratory

*This facility is also used for student experience in research participation.

Virtual Reality Facility

The virtual reality system comes with a head-mounted display, software for creating and conducting psychology experiments in a virtual reality environment, and a computer with the software and hardware interface pre-installed. Most immediately, the VR system will be used to develop a realistic eyewitness memory project. This will be followed up by a second VR project pertaining to a real-world attentional phenomenon called change blindness. Note that although the VR system will most immediately be employed in the new Applied Cognitive Lab course, it is quite suitable for projects in the Social Psychology, Industrial, and Organizational Laboratory
courses as well.

Courses that use this facility:
Applied Cognitive Psychology Laboratory

*This facility is also used for student experience in research participation.

Vicon Nexus Motion Tracking FacilityNEW!!!

Courses that use this facility:
Fall 2014 - no course assignment yet as system is being installed.

*This facility is also used for student experience in research participation.


Biological Psychology Lab

These software packages are available for in class use:

Iowa Gambling Task. Measures executive functioning and can be used to assess problems with decision making skills in individuals with compromised prefrontal cortex functioning. The kit includes the software, manual, laminated administration card, and quick start guide.

Tower of London 2nd Edition. Measures higher order problem-solving abilities and is useful for evaluating attentional problems and executive functioning deficits. The kit includes the TOL manual, two structure boards, and test forms.

A Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests. A reference guide which covers topics such as the basic aspects of neuropsychological assessment as well as the theoretical background, normative information and the utility, reliability, and validity of neuropsychological tests.

Neuropsychological Assessment of Neuropsychiatric and Neuromedical Disorders. A reference guide which covers topics such as methods of comprehensive neuropsychological assessment and psychosocial and cognitive and cognitive consequences of neuropsychological impairment.

Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF-A). Assesses an adult’s executive functions or self-regulation in his or her everyday environment.

Booklet Category Test, 2nd Edition. The Booklet Category Test measures concept formation and abstract reasoning in individuals 15 years and older. The BCT contains 208 visual stimuli and is regarded as one of the most sensitive indicators of brain dysfunction.

Brief Visuospatial Memory Test-Revised. The BVMT-R is designed for use as a criterion measure of visuospatial memory with a large battery of neuropsychological tests and a repeat measure to document changes in neurocognitive skills over time.

Continuous Visual Memory Test (CVMT). The CVMT uses complex, ambiguous designs and a recognition format to measure visual learning and memory.

Color Trails Test. The CTT was developed to meet the need for a test with the sensitivity and specificity of the standard Trail Making Test, but one that was as free as possible from the influences of language and cultural bias.

D2 Test of Attention. The D2 Test of Attention is a general performance test which measures the speed and accuracy of differentiating visual stimuli (detail discrimination), allowing you to evaluate an individual’s attentiveness and concentration.

Digit Vigilance Test. The DVT is a simple task designed to measure vigilance during rapid visual tracking and accurate selection of target stimuli.

BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-I). The EQ-I is a scientifically developed and validated measure of emotional intelligence, which reflects an individual’s ability to effectively deal with daily environmental changes.

Cognitive Psychology Laboratory

These devices are available for in class use:

Voice Reaction Time Apparatus: This device interfaces with computers and precisely measures the onset of a vocal response.

Photoelectric Rotary Pursuit: students can study perceptual motor learning, transfer of training, distribution of practice, and other key topics. The particular device automatically monitors performance on many dimensions and can interface with a computer for the download of data.

Mirror Tracer: This device has automated scoring, making it suitable for a laboratory course. Without this, the scoring would take much too long for use in the classroom. Mirror tracing tasks are often included as part of neuropsychological test batteries, so the device is also of use to the Physio Lab course.

Heart Rate Monitors: A topic of considerable applied interest is the relationship between exercise/fitness and cognition. New Polar heart rate monitors include a derived VO2 max estimate, based on a simple heart rate measurement, which estimates VO2 max with just a 6% error rate.

Bicycle Ergometer: This device supplements the project that examines overall fitness and cognitive function. It includes systematic
adjustment of power (measured in watts) so that one can directly examine the relationship between power output and cognition.

Counseling Skills Laboratory

This facility/course houses three(3) laptop PC computers, six(6) desktop PC computers and USB Flash Drives for student in class use. All computers include audio and visual recording equipment for in class projects.

In this course, students learn to use basic micro-counseling skills, how to develop a therapeutic alliance, and various counseling approaches used in addictions counseling, including motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral counseling. The lab includes demonstrations, role plays, practice interviews, structured exercises, video recording, review/critique of self and others, and peer and instructor feedback.

A key component of the course involves the videotaping of interviews as students develop their counseling skills.

Measurement and Testing Laboratory

These tests are available for in class use:

MMPI-2-RF Manual and Technical Manual. Reports empirical correlates of the MMPI scales in a range of settings, including mental health inpatient and outpatient clinics, substance abuse treatment centers, criminal court proceedings, personal injury and disability evaluations, and public safety employment evaluations.

Gilliam Asperger’s Disorder Scale. Tool for assessing Asperger’s Disorder.

Test of Nonverbal Intelligence-3. Non-verbal, language free intelligence test.

Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised. Test used for forensic psychology for profiling and assessing antisocial personality disorders.

Sensation and Perception Laboratory

These devices are available for in class use:

Audiometers: These devices are a machines used for evaluating hearing loss.

Bailey-Lovie Eye Charts: Bailey-Lovie Eye Charts are used when students study optics and the eye. These charts permit students to measure both high contrast and low contrast acuity. Recently we introduced a new laboratory in which students wear goggles to mimic various eye diseases and use a filter to experience the effects of aging.

Set of Two Opthalamoscopes, Two Retinoscopes, Two Handles, and Charger. The retinoscopes permit students to determine if someone is emmetropic, myopic, hyperopic or astigmatic. This is an instrument that an optometrist or ophthalmologist may use to determine what type of refractory problem an individual has in order to prescribe the appropriate lens correction. The ophthalmoscopes allow students to view the blood vessels at the back of the eye.

Vision Disks: The vision disk presents stimuli in the peripheral retina. After testing vision with the eye charts, which only tests central vision, this allows students to experience how their own vision deterioriates in the peripheral retina. This disk is also used in the laboratory that simulates eye disease and aging.

Sodium Vapor Lamp: Students experience what it is like to have a loss of color vision when objects are viewed under the sodium vapor lamp.

Red/Green Glasses and Polarized Glasses: These glasses are used in the laboratory to examine depth perception. They are also used to make 2-D objects appear 3-D and teach students about the binocular depth cue of retinal disparity.

Eye Disease Simulating Goggles: These goggles simulate simulate various eye diseases in both eyes (e.g., acuity, peripheral vision, color vision). The course examines the ability to walk around objects (rubber objects) and ability to catch a nerf ball—giving students an idea how daily life, besides driving, may have to be adjusted to accommodate for a loss of vision.

Handheld Plastic Magnifying Lenses and Mag Flash Light: These will allows students to see various components of their eye.

Department Devices

iClicker Devices - The Department has iClicker devices that are stored in the main office and are reserved and checked out by any instructor in the department for use in their courses. Instructors are required to sign out an exact number of clickers and return with exactly that number. These are not the same as the University wide student iClicker devices.

DVDs for Department-Wide Use in Undergraduate Courses
Instructors in psychology courses have identified a number of particularly outstanding DVDs that are useful in our courses, as well as DVDs on topics for which our video library falls short (i.e., we either don’t own videos on these topics or they are very old and outdated). We have purchased a number of new DVDs with CFT funds. These DVDs are stored in the department resource library and are available for use in all psychology courses. These DVDs serve literally thousands of undergraduate students yearly.


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