Heriot-Watt’s Body and Emotion Lab is equipped with kinematic equipment such as force sensors and cameras which let researchers measure the exact distance between fingers when grasping objects and the forces applied when people lift them. Measuring this whilst impacting brain activity can tell us about the underlying cognitive processes of planning and controlling body movements.

Using the Body and Emotion Lab’s advanced stimulation equipment, researchers can temporarily interfere with the functioning of the brain by introducing a low and safe amount of electric current which can either impair or improve the brain's performance and cognitive fuctioning.