Tour the Memory and Language Lab

Our new lab space was completed in August 2010. Although, as you can see below, it is much more "professional" and allows us to collect data far more quickly and efficiently, feel free to check out our old, creepy lab space!

Large Testing Rooms

Our lab contains two large testing rooms, one with space to run up to 7 participants, and the other with space for 12. Each computer is housed within an individual carrel, and loaded with data collection software, including E-Prime and Mouse Tracker, complements of Jon Freeman. Many of our subject stations are also equipped with SR Response boxes, for millisecond RT precision, and one of our large rooms uses only CRT monitors (to ensure proper stimulus presentation during visual search experiments).

As an homage to our old, creepy lab space, my graduate students created a realistic wall graphic of the old toilet sink and placed the ol' girl in her approximate old location. I have never been more proud, as an advisor, or as a fan of creepy toilet sinks. Almost looks real, doesn't it?

Small/Eye-Tracking Rooms

Our lab has four small testing rooms, which we use for one-on-one data collection. These experiments include eye-tracking studies (see below), dynamometer studies, and experiments in which participants' verbal responses are recorded. Although the four rooms are intended for data collection, one is currently being used as an office for Steve Walenchok. I figured it was better than making him live under the stairs until someone else graduates.

The Tobii 1750 system, shown in the left of the picture to the right, is often used for experiments in which detailed saccade information is not necessary. Because it is a 50Hz system, we use it to record fixations and pupil diameters during many experiments, including the perception and recognition of words and faces. Although our current Tobii system is not very fast, it is robust to blinks, most types of glasses, and heavy mascara (which, believe it or not, really screws up some experiments on our faster eye-tracker).

The EyeLink 1000 system, shown in the right half of the picture above, is very fast (recording up 1000Hz, which yields monster data files!)and is used for studies in which saccade data are very important, including sentence reading, visual search, and psycholinguistic investigations. Using this system, we have shown that voice effects during word perception occur very rapidly in the stream of cognitive processing -- often within the first saccade! Such sensitive data collection allows us to refute notions that specificity effects occur late, during relatively slow processing. We also use this system to study the oculomotor dynamics of viewing behavior during magic tricks, a fun way to investigate attention.

Office Space

The lab is currently set up with office space for up to 6 grad students, divided across two large offices and one mock office (see above). Each student is provided with one or more computers (Mac or PC), printer and internet access, and all the supplies that they can steal from the main office. In addition to office space for students, we also have storage space and public-use areas for our undergraduate research assistants.

Stephen Goldinger

Contact Information:

  • Stephen D. Goldinger
  • Arizona State University
  • Department of Psychology
  • P.O. Box 871104
  • Tempe, AZ 85287-1104
  • E-mail:
  • Phone: 480-965-0127
  • Fax: 480-965-8544