ANI research infrastructure houses four functional neuroimaging modalities, navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) at Aalto TMS, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at Advanced Magnetic Imaging (AMI) Centre, magnetoencephalography (MEG) at MEG Core and Aalto Behavioral Laboratory (ABL).
Aalto Behavioral Laboratory
Aalto Behavioral Laboratory (ABL) has various different monitoring and stimulus systems for behavioral studies in controlled environment. The laboratory consists of two measurement rooms: a shielded room which is especially intended for EEG and remote eye tracking measurements; and a room for behavioral measurements which doesn’t require shielded conditions.
In ABL you can measure among other things with EEG, EMG, ECG, GSR, Accelerometers, Thermal camera and Eye Trackers. There are also stimuli system for each room, which can produce visual, audio and thermal stimuli.
Four steps to measuring
Before starting measurements in Aalto Behavioral Laboratory (ABL), follow the steps below.
User training courses. Participate in ABL's user training courses. The courses contain user training for different measurement systems. Courses are not mandatory, but recommended for users new to equipment used in ABL. For information about the courses and schedules please contact personnel.
Ethics approval. All studies aiming to publication and involving human subjects must acquire a supporting statement from appropriate ethics committee (e.g. from Aalto University (available only from Aalto network), Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (in Finnish) or University of Helsinki.
Research Permission.The scientific director or research engineer accepts the research permission, which includes among others signature by the principal investigator, the names of people who are allowed to make reservations with this research permission, and the number of hours, which are also denoted in the financial obligation by the user. Research permission and other related forms can be found from "Documents & Forms".
Reservation. Laboratory measurement time slots can be reserved at anitime reservation calendar. Username and password for the system are given after the research permission is approved.
Hour rated fees for ABL usage can be found from Rates.
ABL facilities consist of two measurement rooms (AC and DC), divided control area and a storage room. EEG systems and Eye Link 1000 plus eye trackers are located in the shielded room (DC), other devices can be used in either of the rooms.
You can borrow some of the devices (thermal camera and head mounted eye trackers) outside the lab. There are many different measurement devices available like: EEG, EMG, ECG, GSR, accelerometers, thermal camera and eye trackers.
|Data Logger (ME6000)||abl_manual_me6000_03_11_2017.pdf|
|Eye Link 1000 Plus||abl_manual_eyelink_1000_plus_30_08_2019.pdf|
|Eye Tracking Glasses||abl_manual_eyetrackinglasses_02_11_2017.pdf|
|Thermal Camera (FLIR T620Bx)||abl_manual_thermal_camera_04_04_2018.pdf|
|Thermal Stimulator (MSA, Somedic)||abl_thermal_stimulator_06_07_2018.pdf|
|Stimulus systems of DC-room||abl_stimulus_system_manual_19_01_2017.pdf|
|Measurements rooms (AC&DC)||abl_measurement_rooms_09_04_2019.pdf|
|Request to conduct research||abl_permission_checklist.pdf||abl_tutkimuslupa_checklist|
|Experiment Log Sheet|
Measuring at Aalto Behavioral Laboratory is subject to a charge. With the exeption of pilot studies which are free of charge. The hourly rate depends on rooms and devices (if used outside the lab) being used.
All the ANI laboratories and some of the equipment (when used separately outside the lab) must be reserved before use. To make a reservation you need a username and password for the reservation system (anitime.aalto.fi). Check "Starting measurement" for details.
ABL, AMI Centre, and Aalto TMS are located in the same building as A Grid, in a separate wing right next to a small pond. Address: Otakaari 5 (I-wing), Magnet House, 4. Floor, 02150 Espoo. The main entrances are located on the east and west sides of the wing. The front doors are open at 8.00 - 15.45 on weekdays.
AMI Centre maintains a research-dedicated 3T-MRI scanner, develops and maintains the related infrastructure and offers services to multiple research teams. Typical measurements at AMI Centre include functional and structural brain imaging or diffusion tensor imaging. In addition, AMI Centre develops new methods and applications of MRI technology.
Aalto TMS offers researchers unique possibilities for multi-modal neuroimaging techniques. The laboratory contains top-of-the-line electroencelography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) systems.
MEG Core offers excellent environment for MEG measurements. MEG Core has a modern 306-channel MEG device (Elekta Neuromag™, Elekta Oy, Helsinki, Finland) in a high-end 3-layered magneticaly shielded roo (Imedco AG, Hägendorf, Switzerland). MEG Core has extremely low magnetic ambient noise level. MEG Core has a wide variety of MEG-compatible stimulators and monitoring devices.