The flexibility of our lab means that it is suitable for running a wide range of studies, from computer-based games to interviews to group activities.
The four main types of studies that can be conducted in the lab are as follows:
Uses online survey software. Participants sit at computer workstations to complete the survey. In some circumstances surveys can also be administered outside the lab.
Computer-based task or game
Uses a wide variety of computer-based tools from basic internet browsers to specialized experimental software. Some experimental software allows participants to interact with each other via computer.
Uses the meeting rooms and sometimes the video equipment. May use more than one discussion room. Requires a highly controlled environment.
Discussion-based focus group
Uses only one meeting room. Does not require a highly controlled environment.
We currently have the following software applications for use:
Computer management software. Enables us to launch and shut down applications on all participant computers, block applications and websites, and communicate with participants visually or using audio.
Online survey application for academic institutions. Flexible and easy to set up. LSE staff and postgraduate students can request a free account.
If you are looking to set up a Qualtrics survey to use online outside the lab, you may be interested in using Qualtrics Panels which finds a relevant sample for your survey for a fee (sign up using promo code: travisd)
Experimental economics software. Enables multiple users to anonymously interact with each other to carry out sequential move tasks and games.
Medialab (available on request)
Computer research software with integrated multimedia including video, audio, images and PowerPoint presentations.
Direct RT (available on request)
Specialist software for precision reaction time experiments. Works in conjunction with Medialab.
Specialist software for psychology experiments.
Enables tasks to be set, questions to be put and data to be gathered while a user browses the web using Firefox.
If you require any additional software to use in your study, please contact us.
Behavioural economics seminars
If you are interested in conducting research related to behavioural economics, the LSE have created a cross-departmental seminar series relating to behavioural economics theory and/or practice. For more information on upcoming seminars, please visit their website:
Behavioral Economics Seminars
Participants and research assistants
We have a large participant database of several thousand contacts who have expressed an interest in participating in paid research, consisting primarily of LSE students and staff, but also those from surrounding universities as well as members of the public. We are happy to recruit participants for BRL studies through our database provided each participant is paid £5 per half hour and £10 per hour. Studies shorter than 30 minutes should offer a minimum payment of £5.
If you require the services of a research assistant, we maintain a list of Volunteer Occasional Research Assistants (VORAs). These are LSE students who are interested in volunteering for occasional research assistant work, typically 2-4 hours per week. Interested researchers who have no funds for ORAs can request the list and CVs from the Lab Administrator, and then contact the students directly.
In the event of scheduling conflicts, consideration will given to research bringing funding to the BRL, Department of Management researchers, and prior use of the lab.
Making a booking
If you would like to use the lab for your research, please use our step-by-step guide through the process:
Obtain ethics approval - Complete the LSE Research Ethics Checklist.
Make a booking request - Complete the BRL Online Booking Form
Recruit research assistants - If you need a volunteer research assistant, please specify this on the booking form.
Create study in Sona (participant sign-up system) - The administrator must first create a researcher account for you, then you can create and edit a new study.
Sign and return Researcher Agreement Form
Prepare participant payment - If you need a cash advance please follow the instructions on the Cash Advance Form.
Prepare materials and software - Includes participant consent form, an explanation of the study for participants, and any software testing.
Submit participant attendance - Entered into Sona. Done during the study if using a computer, or at the end of each day if attendance has been marked on paper.
Submit participant receipts - Pass to the Lab Administrator at the end of your study.
If you have any further questions about the lab, please contact our Lab Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.