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New Citations | Neuroscience Studies with BIOPAC

Effects of MDMA on attention to positive social cues for behavioral disorders

The psychostimulant drug 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) reportedly produces distinctive feelings of empathy, closeness with others and increased social behavior. Researchers are exploring the potential of this chemical for treatment of psychiatric disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This study examines the psychophysiological responses with EMG100C amplifiers, an MP Series Data Acquisition System, and AcqKnowledge software.

Read the full study: MDMA: Effects of MDMA on attention to positive social cues and pleasantness of affective touch (Anya K. Bershad, Leah M. Mayo, Kathryne Van Hedger, Francis McGlone, Susannah C. Walker, Harriet de Wit)


Political Ads: Comparing the Effects of Physiology and Self‑reported Emotion

Many scholars have expressed interest in the impact of televised campaign ads on emotion and political participation. However prior research on emotion and participation relies exclusively on self-reported measures. Using an EDA100C and the MP Series Data Acquisition System to measure skin conductance, this study explores physiological arousal, as a strong predictor of citizens’ willingness to participate in politics.

Read the full study: Motivating Participation Through Political Ads: Comparing the Effects of Physiology and Self‑reported Emotion (Kristyn L. Karl)


Sleep Study using fNIR

Sleep Is a Refreshing Process: An fNIRS Study

Sleep is known to be the critical active period where the body and brain is refreshed for the next day. Using an fNIR system, this study tracks hemodynamics to measure cognition during the REM sleep stage.

Read the full study: Sleep Is a Refreshing Process: An fNIRS Study (Adile Oniz, Gonca Inanc, Serhat Taslica, Cagdas Guducu, Murat Ozgoren)

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Practical Lab Kit for Remote Learning

BSL Home enables students to conduct hands-on physiology labs in the safety of their own home, dorm room, or any remote location while social distancing and stay-at-home orders keep them out of campus labs Complete lab solution for instructors and students to preserve practical lab experience! For instructors—BSL Home makes it easy for instructors to continue […]

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BIOPAC Now Offers Practical Lab Instruction for Remote Students to Learn Physiology during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Distance Learning Solutions for a Hands-on Lab Experience GOLETA, California (May 21, 2020) – BIOPAC Systems announced a new solution for university level educators seeking solutions for practical lab learning in an independent setting due to stay-at-home restrictions and social distancing rules. The premier life science education system, Biopac Student Lab, has been expanded with […]

New Citations | A Physiological Perspective to Stress Management and Mental Health

Musical Intervention as Stress Regulation There is no question that music can be beneficial in regulating mood and psychological states, but what type of musical intervention assists the greatest in stress reduction? Researchers turn to physiological signals to compare the stress reduction effects of two types of musical interventions: music listening and musical improvisation. Stressor […]

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