The Lab provides consulting services, archival data, and experimental
tools for media neuroscience researchers



Research Tools

Asteroid Impact

The lab developed an open-source video game stimulus known as Asteroid Impact that is useful for researchers who wish to test a variety of processes using a naturalistic stimulus. You can learn more about Asteroid Impact, and download the game here.

Online Experiments

Current projects in our lab require advanced programming of online experiments. UCSB communication/media researchers looking to collect data with advanced online experiment methodology are welcome to seek advice from our lab.


Computational Methods

The lab provides assistance and guidance in the utilization of computational methods in communication research including topic modeling, text mining, network analysis, and practical issues when dealing with “big data.”


Physiological Measurement

The lab provides assistance in collecting and analyzing physiological (Biopac) data for UCSB communication/media researchers as well as experimental design considerations for these measures.

Consulting & Data

Brain Imaging Consulting

There are several challenges associated with the collection, analysis, and interpretation of brain imaging (fMRI) data. The lab offers methodological consulting and data collection/analysis partnerships for UCSB communication/media researchers. The lab has access to a state of the art 3-Tesla Siemens magnet resonance imaging system at UCSB’s Brain Imaging Center. A powerful analysis environment for brain images in our lab assists UCSB communication/media researchers in the analysis and interpretation of brain imaging data sets.

Archival Datasets

The lab has an extensive library of datasets including brain imaging data, biopack data, and self-report data. These datasets allow for addressing post-hoc research questions and are available for UCSB communication/media researchers.


Research Library

The lab houses a growing library of relevant and recent cognitive neuroscience literature. UCSB communication/media researchers looking for introductory and advanced literature are welcome to utilize this resource.

Other Services

Statistics Textbook

Consistent with a focus on statistical methods, the lab published a statistics textbook for communication researchers and professionals. The textbook is available for purchase at Kendall Hunt and Amazon.


Effect & Equivalence Testing – SPSS Custom Dialogs

The lab offers custom SPSS dialogues for testing statistical equivalence in communication research. Read more.

Intersubject Correlation Analysis

Forthcoming: The lab is developing new tools that allow for efficient and statistically sound intersubject correlation analyses with brain imaging data.



Several events, including scholarly talks and technical demonstrations, are hosted each year. Be sure to check out the upcoming events for more information.



Media Neuroscience Lab themed PowerPoint templates are available, and can be downloaded here.