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.
Main study types
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.
Please see our pages on our facilities and our software and equipment for more information on experimental resources.
Recruiting 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 are planning an incentive-based study, an alternative payment structure is permitted providing there is a similar level of incentive for participants.
If you require the services of a research assistant, we are occasionally approached by people offering to be 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 any such information from the Lab Administrator, and then contact the students directly.
The BRL is open from 9.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday. Lab studies should begin no earlier than 10.00am and finish by 5.00pm. We have several rooms, so depending on your needs you may be able to run a study at the same time as another researcher.
In the event of scheduling conflicts, consideration will given to research bringing funding to the BRL, Department of Management researchers, and those who have had prior use of the lab.
Making a booking
If you would like to use the lab for your research, please use our 10-step guide through the process:
1. Complete our BRL Booking Form - This will give us more information on the study you intent run, ensures you provide us with the paperwork we need and enables you to make any specific requests.
2. Set up the study in Sona (our participant sign-up system) - Once your booking form has been submitted, the lab administrator can has create a researcher account for you in Sona, and set up a study in the system based on your requirements. You will then be able to review and edit your study.
3. Obtain participant payment - If you need a cash advance from an LSE account, please follow the instructions on the Cash Advance Form.Please be aware that this process can take up to two weeks.
4. Prepare materials and software - This should includes a participant consent form, an explanation of the study for participants once they have completed their participation, and any software testing you need.
5. Sign and return the Researcher Agreement Form - This needs to be complete before the start of the study.
6. Provide any research assistants with a copy of our Research Assistant Brief.
7. Run your study in the lab!
8. 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.
9. Submit participant receipts - Pass to the Lab Administrator at the end of your study. We will keep the originals for our records and send you a scanned copy along with a participant summary report.
10. Submit your paper - We are keen to see the results of the research that has been carried out in the lab! Once you have completed your research paper please send a copy to us for our records.
If you have any further questions about the lab, please contact our Lab Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.