HPEN Research Program

As a scientific research hub, the High Performance Electrical NeuroImaging (HPEN) laboratory provides new opportunities for CCSN members interested in high-density EEG data collection. CCSN supports EEG/ERP research by Center members by providing the equipment, technical training and support, and supply costs.  The HPEN Laboratory has been established to support this initiative at the University of Chicago.

Researchers, who would like to perform scientific projects at the CCSN HPEN laboratory, should complete and submit their requests using the following forms:


When emailing your form, please include your initials and date in your file name (e.g., SC_HPENapplicationform_82514.doc).

When submitting your application, please also include a copy of the appproval notification you received from IRB.


To learn more about the costs for EEG/ERP scanning at the CCSN HPEN LABORATORY, click HERE

One CCSN HPEN financial study form needs to be filled out by the Principal Investigator and emailed to the HPEN director (cacioppos@uchicago.edu), at least three weeks before the beginning of the study.


This form will be reviewed by the HPEN Director, and needs to be approved before you can start scanning any participants.


Once your application has been received, you will receive an e-notice of reception within 48 hours. If you don't receive it, please contact hpen@uchicago.edu.

Then, you will be invited to present your research project in person at one of the HPEN Scientific Review Committee Review Sessions.

The HPEN Scientific Review Committee reviews research projects from 3:00-5:00 pm each first Monday of the month.

Application forms need to be submitted to hpen@uchicago.edu two weeks earlier (i.e., by the 15th of the prior month) to permit time for the Review Committee to complete their reviews. 

The goal of the HPEN Scientific Review Committee is mainly to clarify the feasibility, design and resources needed to your research project - that is, to make constructive suggestions and to ensure adherence to the technical procedures required of studies in the HPEN Laboratory. 


Each research project presentation should be 10 minutes maximum with discussion, and concern only one single study (not a whole research program), if possible, with 1-2 Powerpoint slides for each of the following points:

  • Title, principal investigator, EEG operator, collaborators, IRB#
  • Brief background and previous scientific studies
  • Preliminary data, if any 
  • Aims of current study
  • Experimental design, conditions, outline and number of trials
  • Technical parameters (e.g., EEG number of trials, timing)
  • Sample size
  • Data collection stopping rule
  • Methods of analyses, planned comparisons (e.g. Contrasts)
  • Predictions (e.g. timing, and brain areas activated in respective conditions)