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Behavioural Lab for Teaching and Research

A purpose-built laboratory designed to study human behaviour in a controlled environment.

LSE is a world-leading hub for behavioural science research.

What is LSE Behavioural Lab for Teaching and Research (BL)?

LSE facilitates world-class behavioural research by providing state-of-the-art facilities for researchers in Central London. The Behavioural Lab for Teaching and Research is open to researchers from across LSE, and is the cornerstone of an interdisciplinary vibrant research community in behavioural science. 

We also consider applications from external researchers and collaborative projects with external organisations.

COVID-19 update

It is imperative for us to continue our innovative scientific research that ultimately benefits behavioural outcomes. We have the opportunity to make a positive impact, as social scientists and citizens, striving to shape the world.

Keeping in view the COVID-19 outbreak, the Behavioural Lab will be starting to run in a whole new way; impactful, safe, practical and positive for all those involved.  

Instead of running studies physically inside the LSE facilities, we will support other means of data collection and help behavioural researchers continue their research. 

We support online surveys and experiments via various virtual platform suitable for both quantitative and qualitative research. These might be especially appealing and appreciated at a time when we are asked to distance. They are also ways for our participant pool to keep feeling connected to the LSE community.  

Our committed Behavioural Lab Team is lucky to be larger than ever: Gintare Venckute, Nino Nizharadze, Rachel Harris, Rebecca Bianchi, Sean Rooney and Barbara Fasolo (Head of Lab). 

We're always available via email at bl@lse.ac.uk and where necessary, you can arrange a phone call or a virtual meeting, just email us to arrange this.

We also want to hear from you if you have ideas to share with us.

As we are creating new ways to advance behavioural research for years to come beyond the current emergency, and in line with LSE2030, please feel free to reach out with any suggestions or good examples.

And, if you're interested in going a bit further and shaping the future of the Lab please consider joining our new LSE- wide Behavioural Lab Steering Committee now. To express interest, please write to the current Head of Lab, Barbara, at b.fasolo@lse.ac.uk. We have to stay home, but can keep supporting each other. 

Thank you, 

BL Team 

P.s.: Please check the LSE FAQs for the latest School and government action and advice, as well as here for any research ethics advice. Research students should refer to the PhD Academy advice here.

 

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Events and news

Blog: Inspiring the researchers of tomorrow

'To help people, first know them’. This was the motto on the badge that the LSE Behavioural Lab team gave out to the roughly 70 visitors we welcomed to the Researchers of the Future day on Saturday March 7 2020.

Read the full blog post about the day here.

Podcast: How Freedom of Choice Influences Well-being

Hear from Simona Botti, Professor of Marketing at London Business School, as she explores the pros and cons of using lab experiments to explain human behaviour around decision-making and choice. 

Simona was speaking as part of LSE's public lecture programme.

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BLtalks

A series of talks connecting academics and stimulating cooperation amongst London’s behavioural science community.

BLtalks are interactive 90 minute sessions with a behavioural researcher and an invitation-only audience. 

The researcher presents new findings and unanswered questions and participants discuss the topic to help advance the work in new directions and explore new research collaborations across geographical and disciplinary boundaries.

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Economic and Social Research Council’s Impact Awards 2018

Cutting edge research at the Behavioural Research Lab

20 June 2018

Brett Heasman, a PhD student at LSE’s Psychological and Behavioural Science Department, was awarded the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Future Promise prize on 20 June 2018. The awards ceremony acknowledges researchers from a range of disciplines, whose work has had a meaningful impact on society or the economy.

The Future Promise prize recognises applicants whose research shows great promise and future potential for impact on society, in Brett’s case around insights into autistic people’s perspectives.

In collaboration with LSE’s Behavioural Lab for Teaching and Research, Brett’s research has helped to challenge public perceptions of autism and to facilitate understanding between people with autism and their families.

Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair of the ESRC commented: “The calibre of the candidates was very high, and the panel agreed to award this prize to Mr Heasman for the originality of his work and clear transformative potential.”

For more information, visit UK Research and Innovation.


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Behavioural Research Junior Week 2018 

May 2018

During 21 - 25 May 2018, BL once again opened its doors to children to show what "behavioural research" looks like.

This time we showcased an electroencephalogram (EEG) headset, which illustrated ongoing brain activity when making certain decisions.

The day was successfully led by Dr Heather Kappes and involved over 200 pupils, and provided current LSE MSc students with the opportunity to gain practical experience.

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Behavioural Research In Management (BRIM) 2017

25 July 2017

Over the 2017 Summer term, BL hosted the first Behavioural Research in Management summit for lab managers and staff conducting business research.

The meeting provided a forum to share practical experiences and transfer best practices in behavioural research, as well as promote ideas for innovation in technology and experimental design. It was also an opportunity to build community for those managing research studies across applied disciplines including behavioural and experimental economics, marketing, organisational behaviour, strategy, and management sciences.

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BL team: +44 (0) 20 7955 6059

Email

BL team: bl@lse.ac.uk

Address

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