School of English

Experimental research

The School of English has three psycholinguistics labs, two of which house Eyelink 1000+ eye-tracking systems from SR Research.

Undergraduate, masters and PhD students all utilise the labs for psycholinguistic tests, recruiting participants for eye-tracking experiments and more.

To find out how our students use our labs and eye-tracking equipment during their degrees, take a look at some of our research lab pages and student profiles for further insight. 



Language research labs

In our labs, we:

  • monitor people’s eye movements using eye-tracking, to see how they read, look at scenes and watch movies
  • apply electrodes to the skin and/or scalp to measure electrodermal activity (EDA) which measures increases in skin conductance that are caused by sweating due to emotionally arousing stimuli when people read
  • use facial electromyography (EMG) to detect facial muscle movement that indicates emotional responses like frowning or smiling when people read or see images
  • use electroencephalograms (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERP) that measure the electrical activity of the brain to words when reading or listening

School of English

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The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900