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Page: A few comments on research ethics
There are many tricky ethical issues that can come up for research scientist. Luckily, we usually run simple studies that pose very little risk of harming our participants. But still, there are certain ethical issues that you are actually really likely t
Page: Administration
Lab Resources Below is a list of some of the equipment and services that the lab uses. Something not on this list that you think your study needs? Ask Erin or the lab coordinator, and if it is a reasonable purchase they can help you order it. Also, if som


Page: Brainstorm
Page: Brainstorm Troubleshooting
ERROR: Brainstorm will mess up if you open it after not having opened in a while and it tries to load a protocol that doesn't exist anymore. SOLUTION: If you have issues with the database/protocols not opening properly, DELETE the following folder in yo
Page: BrainVision Analyzer
BrainVision Analyzer (sometimes called BVA or Analyzer) is the software we most frequently use for preprocessing and analyzing EEG data. The software is used only on the data analysis computer and the two control room computers. The red dongle that is plu
Page: BrainVision Recorder
Dongle This is the dongle with the BrainVision software. It is very expensive. Do not remove it from the lab unless you have been instructed to do so. bvdongle.jpg Program files The program files are located under C:\Vision\Recorder, the workspace and mon


Page: Calendly
Calendly is a website for scheduling appointments, and we've found it to be the best one for scheduling participants (it's far superior to Doodle). Below are instructions on how to use it. Lab account We have a paid lab acco
Page: Cleaning and maintenance
Cleaning General The custodians will take out the trash and recycling, as well as vacuum the floors, but the lab is responsible for all other cleaning. Besides generally straightening up (putting away supplies etc), the lab coordinator or other lab member
Page: Comparing Sleep Scores
This program will be useful when you score a practice sleep record and you want to see detailed feedback on how your scoring compared to Erin's. You can find text files of Erin's scores for several practice records in the May Experience course folder (Z:\
Page: Computers
Updating All computers should be kept up to date to ensure both good performance and security. Run "check for updates" at least once a week, and make sure all updates labeled "important" are installed. Before running feature updates, make sure important p
Page: Contacts and emergency
For any emergency, call 911. Lab Contact List Name Phone Email Location Erin Wamsley (857) 218-0697 Johns Hall, Room 206K Megan Collins (864) 940-6658 mailto:megan.collins@fur
Page: COVID-19 Protocol
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have had to add some new rules and regulations to keep everyone who enters the lab safe and well. Things to do when running a study Each IRB states that we will take these precautions when running in-person research


Page: Daily Dream Survey
These are the questions used to record dream reports from a participant the morning after they have the dreams.
Page: Data policy
Furman Sleep Lab Data Storage and Documentation Policy In science, it is disturbingly easy for years of work to be lost through sloppy data organization and archiving practices. The following guidelines will help us all ensure that our hard work results
Page: Demographics (for NIH)
Studies funded by any NIH grant include this survey asking participants for their demographic information. This survey is optional, and the participant should be allowed to skip it if they want to.


Page: EEG - BrainVision system
Page: EEG - Grass TWin system
Page: EEG - Hypnodyne System
EEG - Hypnodyne System
Page: EEG hookup
High-density (cap) 10-20 Hookup Manual.pdf Low-Density Erins Notes on How to do a Low-Denisty Hookup.docx Due to the lengthy hookup, electrode application and preliminary impedance testing would normally be completed prior to other testing. During hookup
Page: EEGLab
Tutorial Tutorial on using EEGLab studies Photic Stimulation View results In this case, the study is already created and spectral power already computed for every subject. To view results,
Page: Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS)
This is a measure of trait sleepiness. Johns MW. 1991. A new method for measuring daytime sleepiness: The Epworth Sleepiness Scale. Sleep 14: 540–545.
Page: Exit Survey
The exit survey asks participants what they were thinking about during the condition.
Page: Expiwell
Expiwell is a survey hosting site that we use to record dream reports, as it allows for audio responses to questions. Use the lab email as the username and password for the lab email as the password.
Page: EyeTribe Tracker
This documentation is for the old eyetracker, which is no longer in use. Other Resources OpenSesame Documentation: EyeTribe


Home page: Furman Sleep Lab Wiki
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Page: FUStore
Access \\fustore from File Explorer Most of the lab's data is stored on the Furman shared drive at \\fustore\wamsleylab. To create a shortcut in File Explorer through which you can access the shared drive, follow the steps below. Open File Explorer Click


Page: General Info
Basic info about the participant. Scale developed by this lab.


Page: Hardware
Page: HDRecorder
Page: High Density Data Pre-Processing
EEG Artifact Rejection All artifact rejection will be conducted automatically using the script Z:\PROJECTS\24. Waking States Redux\Mehtods\automated_preprocess_redux.m. Beginning with the participants’ EEG data stored in their data folder, in brief, this
Page: How to do an EEG recording
Refer to the BrainVision user manual, attached below, for any questions not answered here. Step 1: Input box, amplifiers, and battery There are two amplifiers (each labeled BRAINAMP), which are powered by a similar looking battery (labeled POWERPACK). The
Page: How to Get a Research Assistant Job
Why: Going straight for a PhD after undergrad is often a bad idea. You will be competing against other people who have A LOT more experience in research (and in life). And let's be real: are you really ready to commit yourself to a particular research are
Page: How to hire a student worker
Student Employment instructions_toolkit_NE1.pptm OLD: Workday_Student Employment_UPDATED[1442].PDF Workday_Cost Center Allocation[1441].docx You no longer have to create pre-hires for new student employees! Instead, you will now just search for the studen
Page: How to run a study
Erin's Tips for Running a Good Study Be friendly. Greet participants enthusiastically, make them comfortable, and engage them in the study. Give clear instructions in a way that motivates subjects. Read through any on-screen or written instructions WITH s


Page: Imaginal Processes Inventory (IPI) Daydreaming Subscale
This scale measures trait propensity to daydream. To create a composite score for the IPI daydreaming subscale, add all the scores. The minimum score is 12, and the maximum is 60. Higher scores indicate the person is a more habitual daydreamer. More infor
Page: Instagram
Page: IRB
All of our research projects require ongoing IRB approval (the few exceptions are projects like the Cueing Meta-Analysis, which involved analysis of published data, and no new data collection by us or our collaborators). IRB approval must be obtained befo




Page: Lab wiki
Old lab wiki Our lab wiki was previously hosted on Google sites Permissions The lab wiki is set to be viewable and modifiable only to certain users (lab members, collaborating professors, etc.). These permiss


Page: Making a Montage
ERROR: ("WARNING: MATLAB did not appear to correctly set the search path"/ see screenshot below). image2020-2-6_16-33-41.png SOLUTION: This happens because there is a corruption of the file that MatLab uses to tell it where to "search" for files. The warn
Page: Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS)
This scale measures trait mindfulness. "To score the scale, simply compute a mean (average) of the 15 items. Higher scores reflect higher levels of dispositional mindfulness." Find more information about this scale in the document below.
Page: Mini-Guide to EEG Analysis in Brainstorm
Prerequisites To start Brainstorm, you must have MatLab on your computer, and you must have the Brainstorm program files on your MatLab path, so that MatLab can find those files. More information on setting up Brainstorm here:
Page: Motor Adaptation Task
To run the motor adaptation task, a computer first needs 2 things: MATLAB and Psychtoolbox. Follow these instructions to download Psychtoolbox: To open the task, o
Page: MST Scoring and Analysis
Instead of laboriously manually entering the MST task results into SPSS, use our Excel-based scoring macro to extract the data and get it into a format that you can easily copy SPSS. The main dependent variable is the number of correct sequences typed on



Page: Old
Documentation of old procedures or software that are no longer in use. For records only.
Page: Old participant database
This documentation is for our old database. The current database is hosted on and documented here The participant database serves two purposes: recruitment and verifying tha
Page: Old Steps for High Density Data Pre-Processing
These steps are outdated. Whereas a lot of them are still relevant, more are no longer necessary with the MATLAB script that Erin made. Steps for Data Pre-processing in Brainstorm See also: Mini-Guide to EEG analysis in Brainstorm Open the brainstorm proj
Page: OpenSesame - advanced stimulus timing issues
Measuring Stimulus Presentation Timing Accuracy Just because you tell the computer to show a stimulus at a specific time doesn't mean it actually will do that. It takes time to process and then actually present the stimulus on the screen. This section des
Page: Orientation Checklist for New Researchers
After orientation to the laboratory, you should know the following things: 113 incomplete Basic introduction to the equipment 76 incomplete EEG hardware 77 incomplete Audio/video system and participant call buttons 78 incomplete Special training is needed


Page: Paired Associates spelling correction
Task description All of the paired associates tasks we use automatically check whether a participant's response matches the correct response. But this automatic checking might not be as lenient as we would like; sometimes a participant might be typing too
Page: Participant database
The participant database is a record of all of our participants – which studies they participated in, which tasks they did, and so on. It's an important tool for contacting past participants who showed interest in future studies, and for making sure that
Page: Participant database and scheduling
Page: Physical File Names
Cabinet Drawer Label Project Folder/ Study Description Notes Slash WRII \8. Waking Rest Study II Procedure Manual Name WR Study II also includes 21.1, 62.1, 65.2, 71.1 Consent Form Name Memory and Rest Data Collection Dates 6/30/15-9/13/16 File Name P1-P8
Page: Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS)
This scale measures current emotions. Positive affect score: items are summed, yielding a range from 10 to 50. Higher score indicates greater levels of positive affect. Watson, D., Clark, L. A., & Tellegen, A. (1988). Development and validation of brief m
Page: Programming
Python In our lab, Python is sometimes used for creating behavioral tasks in OpenSesame as well as data processing in Jupyter. Below is some basic stuff regarding python. Learn Python Basics If you want to learn the basics of python, and you have no exper
Page: Project names
These are digital project names. To find information on what is in the filing cabinets, go to Physical File Names. Each project conducted in the lab might have a few different names -- one for everyday use, one for the IRB application, and so on. The tabl
Page: PSY111 Moodle page
We use the PSY111 Moodle page to allow PSY111 students to get research credit for participating in our studies. Create a listing for your study on the PSY111 Moodle page To create a listing for your study on the PSY111 Moodle page, submit this form: https
Page: Public Lab Website
Page: Pupil Labs Eye Tracker
Using the eye tracker NOTE: Always attach EEG electrodes before putting the eye tracker on the participant Step 1: Position the Tracker Plug the tracker in to any available USB port Attach the tracker’s wire to the participant by attaching the clip to th
Page: PVT scoring
Here are some instructions for how to process the PVT data. The data resulting from the psychomotor vigilance task (PVT) are also saved as a text file. Each 3min trial of the PVT is saved as a separate “section” within a single text file. When you open o


Page: Qualtrics surveys
Qualtrics is a service that allows you to create online surveys. Online surveys are helpful to our lab for many reasons: they basically eliminate data entry, they can prevent skipping questions, they save paper, etc.. Before you can use Qualtrics, you wil


Page: Recording EEG with TWin
Recording EEG Guide See also: Grass TWin software Manual Start recording computer and log in Apply Electrodes to the subject Plug the electrodes into the headbox into the holes: Low Den
Page: Remote access
Make sure both PCs are powered up and connected to the Internet. They can't be in Sleep or Hibernate state, either. To prepare the "host," or the machine that you'll be taking control of, Enable Remote Assistance. Open the Control Panel, and type "Remote


Page: SART
The Sustained Attention Response Task (SART) has had many iterations, depending on the study it was used in. Recently, it has been used for the waking states series. In it, participants react to a number flashing on the screen by pressing the space bar, a
Page: Sending EEG triggers
Sending EEG triggers over USB-to-parallel interface using Python SENDING TRIGGERS TO EEG SYSTEM VIA PYTHON (OPENSESAME) First, pyserial python module must be installed. MMB trigger box must have driver installed and be connected between stim computer and
Page: Sleep Log
The sleep log asks participants to report how long they slept for the past 1, 2, or 3 nights. It is often used to exclude participants if they do not keep a regular sleep schedule. There is one question that often confuses participants (details commented
Page: Sleep Scoring BrainVision files in Brainstorm
A hopefully simple yet thorough guide to sleep scoring BrainVision files in Brainstorm. This guide is most helpful for students with limited knowledge of lab resources who only need to score sleep. For more in depth information about functions within brai
Page: Sleep scoring manuals
The AASM Sleep Scoring Manual contains the actual, newer, rules that you should be using to decide which sleep stage is which. The "Rechtschaffen & Kales" manual is the original manual for scoring sleep developed in the 1950s, which Erin still likes to gi
Page: Sleep staging
Page: Software
Page: SPSS
Tips and Tricks Using the Output and Syntax Files to Save Time When you run a statistical test in SPSS, the syntax (instruction code) for that test is printed into the SPSS output file for that session. To save time later in case you need to rerun a test
Page: SRTT
File used to run the Serial Reaction Time Task is located at Z:\Tasks\Memory_Tasks\SRTT\index.html. Where does the data go? Instructions need to be changed.
Page: Stanford Sleepiness Scale (SSS)
Hoddes E, Zarcone V, Smythe H, Phillips R, Dement WC. 1973. Quantification of Sleepiness: A New Approach. Psychophysiology 10: 431–436. attachment of the scale how its scored how we usually exclude based off of it This scale measures state sleepiness
Page: Survey/scales


Page: Tasks
Page: Tech/software troubleshooting resources
If you encounter an issue with a piece of technology or software in the lab, you can look into solutions on your own. However, ALWAYS report the issue to the lab coordinator and/or Dr. Wamsley first and DO NOT try to implement any solutions you find until
Page: Transcranial stimulation
Special training is required to use the transcranial stimulation equipment! Only researchers that have been trained by Erin in the use of transcranial stimulation may operate this equipment. The instructions posted here are just reminders – to learn to us
Page: Troubleshooting
Contact info For recording problems, contact the lab coordinator first, then Erin. Graelyn: (803) 412-8485 Megan: (864) 940-6658 Dr. Wamsley: (857) 218-0697 Tech support: BrainVision +1 (877) 334-4671 *Always speak with the lab co
Page: Troubleshooting Software
MATLAB Brainstorm Troubleshooting
Page: TWin troubleshooting
Login credentials TWin username: admin TWin password: Password Contact info For TWin and EEG recording problems, contact the lab coordinator first. Graelyn: (803) 412-8485 Megan: (864) 940-6658 Dr. Wamsley: (857) 218-0697 Tech support: Natus Neurology htt



Page: Visbrain/Sleep
Installing Visbrain Documentation Documentation for Visbrain can be found at If the installation steps below do not work, check the FAQ and see if the installation
Page: VPA scoring
We have an Excel macro that will extract the performance information we need from the VPA results files! (thanks Matt Tucker!) Here is how to use it. A copy of the required Excel file can be found here: wamsleylab\Tasks\Memory\VPA\VPA Scoring - Furman.x


Page: Weschler Story Automatic Scorers
You can find an excel file that acts as an automatic scorer for stories A and B in Z:\Tasks\Memory_Tasks\Story Task - Wechsler Memory Scale. There is an explanation on how these scorers were created attached below.
Page: Workday procedures
Create a Spend Authorization Log on to Workday. Under Applications, click Expenses. Alternatively, search "Create Spend Authorization" in the search bar. Click Create Spend Authorization. In the Description field under Spend Authorization Information, ent




Page: ZMax Instructional Video
How to put on the headband/ how to instruct a participant to put on the headband.
Page: Zotero


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