Warwick Business School Behavioural Science Lab

WBS Scarman Road 3.005

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The Behavioural Science Laboratory (3.005) consists of 50 networked computers in cubicles that are screened off from each other, allowing participants to perform experiments independently, or to take part in two or multi-player scenarios.  Light levels are adjustable (dim-able overhead lighting, natural daylight with blinds).  The lab is equipped with five large overhead display monitors and a wireless broadcast system, to allow easy communication between the experimenter and participants.  Two cubicles are height adjustable to allow wheelchair access. Assisted hearing equipment is installed and available on request.

We aim to make our research as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability that you think may affect your participation or if you require further information about our lab facilities in order to decide whether or not to participate, please contact the experimenter when you sign-up in order to discuss what adjustments can be made to accommodate you.

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The laboratory is located on the third floor of the WBS Scarman Road building – the large white building across Gibbet Hill Road from the majority of campus.  Enter via the main entrance and reception, opposite Gibbett Hill Road, follow the corridor round to the left, past the WBS Cafe – again keeping left – and proceed to the third floor via the main stairwell. There is a lift to provide disabled access.  At the top of the stairs (or upon exiting the lift), turn left through the glass doors and follow the corridor around to the right.  There is a waiting area for participants adjacent to the lab entrance.  Participants are recruited via the University of Warwick SONA System.

An interactive map including floor-plans can be accessed here

Software packages

There are a number of software packages pre-installed and configured in the lab:

  • Internet Browsers for web-based experiments
  • Matlab with PyschToolbox
  • z-Tree
  • Python
  • PsychoPy
  • Java
  • BoXS
  • Willow

Note to researchers: Time-slots must not be scheduled on SONA without first booking lab time. Contact the lab manager John Taylor (John.Taylor@wbs.ac.uk) to discuss availability and to arrange bookings.  Contact the IT Developer, Ty Hayes (tyson.hayes@wbs.ac.uk) for technical enquiries.


Warwick Business School Observation Room

WBS Scarman Road 3.111 

The Behavioural Science Observation Room (3.111) has a default seated capacity of approximately 15 – although the room layout is flexible. It is equipped with four, corner mounted Samsung SND-6084 cameras, one centrally mounted Vivotek FE8174 Fisheye camera and a room microphone.  The corner cameras can be manually adjusted for position and focal length / field of view. Video and audio recording can be managed either locally – from an adjacent experimenter room – or remotely via a web interface.  Video projection facilities are available and the room is equipped with assisted hearing technology.

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Note to researchers: Time-slots must not be scheduled on SONA without first confirming that lab time is available. Contact the lab manager John Taylor (John.Taylor@wbs.ac.uk) to discuss room availability and detailed study and data handling requirements.

 


Economics Behavioural Science Lab

Economics S2.82 (No Deception)

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The Economics DR@W laboratory is a large partitioned computer laboratory comprising of 20 cubicles. Each cubicle is equipped with a networked PC. There is a lectern housing a PC (often used as the administrators computer) and controls for the projection facilities.

The laboratory is located in the Economics Department, in the Social Studies building – the red-brick building at the corner between Library Road and Gibbet Hill Road. Enter the Social Studies main entrance and find the main stairwell across from the porters lodge. Follow the stairs to the top floor (floor 2) then continue straight ahead. The Economics DR@W laboratory is 20m on the right.

Contact the IT Manager, Andrew Taylor (andrew.taylor@warwick.ac.uk), for more information. Bookings can be made through the SONA recruitment system.  Note that studies involving deception may not be run in this laboratory


Psychology Behavioural Science Labs

Humanities H0.91

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The Psychology department has a number of labs and treatment rooms that can be used by Behavioural Science researchers. The main Behavioural Science laboratory in the Psychology Department is H0.91, consisting of 25 (24 participants + 1 researcher) networked computers, screened off from each other, so that participants can run experiments independently; or can take part in two or multi-player games. Participants can be recruited from Warwick’s SONA System. Contact Andrew Barnacle (A.C.Barnacle@warwick.ac.uk) for room access.

Software packages

There are a number of software packages pre-installed and configured in H0.91:

  • Internet Browsers for web-based experiments
  • Matlab with PyschToolbox
  • e-Prime v.2
  • OpenSesame
  • PsychoPy
  • Mousetracker (Freeman
  • DropBox
  • GoogleDrive

IACS

IACS (H1.50) has 6 bookable cubicles, the Eye Movement Lab (booked separately) and an E-prime programming room in the corner. Each cubicle contains one seat, table and a windows computer with enough space for one participant. The E-prime room in the corner is a drop in area for the programming of E-Prime experiments and is not to be used for testing participants. Note that the bookable cubicles are reserved for Psychology Undergraduate Students only during term 2. Contact Linda Wilson (l.c.wilson@warwick.ac.uk) for information.

Sound Proof Laboratory

The Sound Proof Laboratory in H0.90 comprises 4 Cubicles. All the booths have a fanless Linux box and a Windows PC. Cubicles 3 and 4 are sound proofed. Contact Andrew Barnacle (A.C.Barnacle@warwick.ac.uk) for room access.

Eye Movement Laboratory

The Eye Movement Laboratory has one PC to present stimuli and another to record the eye-movement. This setup allows you to run one participant at one time. Contact Linda Wilson (l.c.wilson@warwick.ac.uk) for more details if you would like to use this space.