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BSL and Physiology Research

BSL UltimateWhile the Biopac Student Lab is known as the “Gold Standard” in life science education, the hardware can also be used to perform physiology research. We have gathered a few citations highlighting this function of the MP36 System and BSL software:

Microsaccades and Heartbeat: Microsaccades and slower components of fixational eye movements are known as part of visual processing strategy but are hypothesized to also be associated with heartbeat. Sven Ohl, et al ran a study proving that microsaccades are coupled with heartbeat and found that strong modulation of slow eye movements are correlated with R peak in the ECG. ECG was recorded from subjects using a BIOPAC MP36 system while visual stimuli were presented. Read the full study.

Avatar Self-Relevance: With the rise of video games, psychological research has focused on examining the effects of avatar use. Rabindra A. Ratan and Michael Dawson explored a new concept, avatar self-relevance, which may help explain why certain behavioral effects are augmented by using an in-game avatar. Physiological signals (EMG, HR, SCR, and ECG) were recorded using a BIOPAC MP36 system while subjects played the game “Wii Sports Resort” using either customized or non-customized avatars. Read the full experiment.

Trait Self-Compassion: Self-compassion is generally assumed to have positive impacts on well-being but there are few studies that have examined its effects in relation with physiological measures. Julie Lillebostad Svendsen, et al examined the relation between self-compassion and heart rate variability. ECG was recorded from students using a BIOPAC MP36 and HRV was assessed using BSL 4.0 software. Read the full paper.

You can find more research-oriented publications by visiting the BSL Publications page.

For more information on the capabilities of BSL systems for performing research, contact your local BIOPAC representative.

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