Haskins Laboratories

The Science of the Spoken and Written Word

Neuroimaging

Haskins Imaging Laboratory (HIL)

The Haskins Imaging Laboratory is an intersection of researchers employing methods from the fields of psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, and genetics to advance our knowledge of speech and reading. Research promotes our understanding of basic language function, and also identifies factors that underlie language-related disability and support remediation.

HIL makes substantial use of Yale University’s Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC) for data acquisitions on 1.5T, 3T and 4T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners for anatomical, functional, and spectroscopic imaging. MRI data is transferred back to Haskins for processing and analysis. Additionally, HIL provides analysis support for functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) data gathered nearby in the Brain Function Laboratory, run by Dr. Joy Hirsch. Lastly, HIL works with the Haskins EEG Laboratory to advance multimodal integration of neuroimaging data from different sources.

Facilities at the HIL include:

(6) Mac Pro computers

(2) Windows/Linux computers

(4) Drobo storage units providing > 27 tB of online storage

Most major neuroimaging software packages are installed and available, including AFNI, FSL, FreeSurfer, MRICron, and SPM. MATLAB, python, and multiple shell scripting languages are commonly used and integrated. Experimental presentation software available includes E-Prime, Presentation, and PsychoPy.