While 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.