Departmental Facilities

The Department is located near the center of the University, with main offices in Kirtland Hall, at 2 Hillhouse Avenue. Kirtland Hall houses faculty offices, laboratories, seminar rooms, and specialized work spaces as well as administrative quarters and a lounge. Faculty offices, laboratories and seminar rooms are also located in two adjacent buildings, Strathcona Hall (SSS) and Dunham Laboratories. Laboratories for animal research are installed in Dunham. The Yale Center for Anxiety and Mood Disorders is housed in a fourth building around the corner from Kirtland Hall.

Technical facilities available for research and teaching include special suites of rooms equipped for observation, communication, and recording as required for clinical supervision or for interview training and research in experimental social psychology and in child development; and an animal colony, animal surgery, and histology laboratory.

The Human Neuroscience Lab in 311 SSS is a shared facility that supports graduate and undergraduate research projects. The HNL is equipped with a 64-channel Neuroscan EEG/ERP system, a Biopac system for psychophysiological recordings such as heart rate and skin conductance, and a ASL eye-tracking system. Subjects are tested in a copper-mesh shielded room to diminish electrical noise and ensure clean recordings. Software for data acquisition and analysis of EEG and psychophysiological measures is available in the lab, including software for modeling the neural generators of scalp-EEG recordings. In addition to computers used for experimental control and EEG acquisition and analysis, the HNL also has 12 Linux dual-core workstations for the analysis of MRI data. These workstations are equipped with software for MRI and fMRI analysis including FSL, SPM, AFNI, FreeSurfer, and many custom written routines. These workstations are networked to a server for data storage with more than 10 TB of storage. The workstations also are part of a large Sun Grid Engine. This grid enables students and faculty to distribute large analysis jobs over more than 50 computer cores.

The Department has access to state of the art neuroimaging facilities at the Yale Magnetic Resonance Research Center, and the resources of the Yale Information and Technology Services. Individual desktop computers are commonly located in faculty laboratories and in small clusters throughout the Department.

Many of the books and journals in psychology are currently housed in the Sterling Memorial Library, two blocks from the Department. Also available are relevant collections in the Kline Science Library, the Seeley Mudd Library, the Social Science Library, and the Medical School Library. Electronic access to most journals is available to members of the Yale community.

Present departmental policy is to provide work space for each graduate student. Some of these spaces are in laboratories, whereas others are in shared rooms set aside for that purpose.