Behavioural Research Lab participants in computer lab

Frequently asked questions

For researchers and participants.

If your particular question is not addressed below or elsewhere on the site then please do get in touch with the Behavioural Research Lab Administrator (brl@lse.ac.uk).

About the LSE Behavioural Research Lab

What does the BRL do?

The Behavioural Research Lab is a purpose-built facility set up by the LSE Department of Management for the use of researchers examining behaviour in organisations. This can be in fields as diverse as team dynamics, leadership, decision making, creativity, consumer choice, incentives, and behavioural game theory.

The main room is a computer lab with 20 PCs. This is intended for research that involves computer-based studies.

There are also four small discussion rooms which are designed for research involving group interactions.

 

Where is the BRL?

The BRL is located on the Lower Ground Floor of Clement House, 99-101 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JF.

Upon entering Clement House, go through the doors immediately to your right (before the sliding glass doors) and down the stairs. Go all the way to the bottom, through the double doors and through the next set of double doors on your right. The entrance to the lab is on your right.

There is a map on our Find us page.

Frequently asked questions for researchers

Who can carry out research at the BRL?

All LSE faculty members are welcome to conduct studies in the lab with priority given to Department of Management faculty. MSc and PhD students are also permitted to use the lab facilities under guidance from a supervisor.

NEW: External researchers can apply for running their experiments in the BRL. External and commercial organisations from outside LSE can only conduct research in collaboration with faculty.

How do I receive guidance regarding setting up a new study?

Our BRL Team is happy to offer assistance and guidance to any researcher interested in running a study in the lab. The Administrator can advise regarding the logistics and practicalities of running a study but does not have expertise on experimental design. For guidance on designing behavioural experiments, please refer to our recommended reading list.

The Lab Manager can be reached at brl@lse.ac.uk. If you would like to meet in person, please book an appointment in advance in order to avoid disturbing studies running in the lab.

How do I attract participants?

We have an active database of around 2000 participants. Once your study has been set up in the participant sign-up system, timeslots created and approved by the Lab Administrator, an email will be sent advertising your study and participants will be free to sign up for an available timeslot. Typically, timeslots will fill up within an hour.

What kind of participants can I expect?

We can set up pre-screen filters if you are looking for a particular demographic in your study. Our filters currently ask the following information:

  • Affiliation (university)
  • Status (undergrad student, postgrad student, etc)
  • Year of graduation
  • Length of time in the UK
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Region of origin

How can I find a research assistant?

If you do not have access to research assistants, we can give you access to our list of interested volunteer occasional research assistants (VORAs) along with their CVs. There is a section on this on the booking form. If you are interested in contracting a paid Research Assistant, please contact us.

If you recruit your own research assistants, please note that they should arrive in the lab 10 minutes before you need them to start helping you prepare. This will ensure the Lab Administrator has adequate time to give them a brief training session regarding the participant process from greeting participants to paying and debriefing them.

 

Frequently asked questions for participants

What is behavioural research?

Behavioural research is the analysis and investigation of human behaviour through observation and scientific experimentation. Studies are conducted in fields as diverse as team dynamics, leadership, decision making, creativity, consumer choice, incentives, and behavioural game theory. To carry out these studies, researchers recruit students or members of the general public to participate in computer exercises, surveys, or group activities.

The field of psychology has long relied on laboratory research and, as management scholars explore the psychological aspects of organisational behaviour and decision making, they have begun to see the advantages of using laboratory methods. With its researcher-controlled environment, lab research is an important complement to field research.

How much will I be paid?

You will usually be paid £5 for any studies last up to 30 minutes, and £10 for studies that last up to an hour. On occasion, a study may involve an additional financial reward or prize draw, which you will be notified of when the study is advertised.

What will I be expected to do?

This depends on the study being carried out. Tasks could involve completing an online survey, being asked for your opinion, taking part in a group activity or playing a computer-based game. The study description should give more information on what is expected when you log into the Sona participant sign-up system.

What if I am late?

Many of our studies are reliant on participants being on time. In cases where a group is required to work together the study may be delayed or even cancelled if one person is not present. Some studies only have short timeslots and it may not be possible to fit in a participant who is not available at their allotted time.

If you do find yourself running late, please let us know by emailing us at brl@lse.ac.uk or by calling the BRL reception on 020 7955 6059.

What if I am no longer able to attend a study which I have signed up for?

Please notify us that you cannot attend as soon as possible. Not only will it give someone else the chance to sign up, but it also ensures the researcher has enough participants to effectively run the study.

You can cancel your place using the sign-up system (if more than 24 hours before the start of your slot), or if you are having trouble you can email us at brl@lse.ac.uk.

Please note that if you do not show up and have given no notice, you will automatically be marked as an 'unexcused no-show' by the system. This will prevent you from taking part in any further studies.

What do I do when I arrive at the BRL?

Please report to reception, which is on the left-hand side of the lab as you enter. When you sign up for a slot you will have been emailed a unique ID number which will be used to identify you during the study. You will be asked for this number to mark your attendance. While waiting for the study to begin you can sit in the reception area, or if it is particularly busy the lab administrator may direct you to an alternative waiting area.

When ready the researcher will then give you a quick briefing and take you into the lab to conduct the study. Please turn your phone off before entering the main lab.

How can I get involved in research at the BRL?

In addition to taking part as a participant, we occasionally recruit Volunteer Research Assistants (VORAs). If you are an LSE student and would like your name to be added to our list please send a copy of your CV to brl@lse.ac.uk, together with a description of any relevant experience, and any skills you have such as programming, literature review, research, statistical, or even acting. We also need to know which department you are based in, and your availability.

Once we have this information, we can pass your details onto any researchers looking for research assistants for upcoming studies. They will then get in touch with you directly if they feel you might be suitable for their study.

Our researchers come from different parts of LSE and cover different academic areas, and usually bring along their own research assistants. If you want to assist in conducting research in lab, it may be more effective to identify faculty members working in your chosen field of interest and approach them directly to offer your services.

 The BRL does not recruit paid staff.

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Contact us

Telephone

BRL team: +44 (0) 20 7955 6059

Email

BRL team: brl@lse.ac.uk

Address

LSE Behavioural Research Lab, Lower Ground Floor, Clement House, 99-101 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JF