Laboratory (cubicles)

The Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS) faculty has a laboratory available in which (behavioural) scientific experiments can be carried out. The BMS lab is located on the first floor (floor 2) in the B wing of the Cubicus building. The lab consists of seven small rooms (cubicles – see photo below) and a larger, group-research room, which can be observed from an adjacent room through a two-way mirror.

Since 2013, the research rooms have been available for use free of charge but they do need to be reserved. The cubicles are highly suitable for conducting experiments on a computer and are equipped with furniture, modern PCs and a video-observation system. The rooms can also be darkened. A laptop is available in two of the rooms. Please note: these cubicles do not contain monitors or keyboards. These so-called mobile cubicles can be reserved for use as research rooms but it is also possible to use the laptops to conduct experiments at other locations. Headphones are available to play music/audio clips without causing noise interference to other experiments (see Additional Monitoring Equipment). It is also possible, for example, to record EEG (photo 1) or skin-conductivity (photo 2) measurements.

Researchers are personally responsible for storing their data. If you make use of a cubicle, we recommend that you make a back-up of any data you have collected at the end of each day (on a USB stick, for example). The lab computers offer no provision for data back-up. In addition, in the case of operational problems with the computers all software will be reinstalled – resulting in the loss of all data. So, please make sure that you have back-ups of all your data!


Test subjects are often students from the BMS faculty. They can be recruited via the Test Subject Pool system. To include your study in this system, you need to fill in an application form. You can find this form, along with more information on the system, at Students can use the same system to register for research and receive so-called test-subject credits in return for their participation. As a researcher, you may also choose to pay test subjects for their participation. The payment guideline is € 6.00 per hour.


The BMS faculty’s Sona test-subject system has two important functions: it makes it possible for bachelor students to gain experience as a test subject; and it enables researchers to carry out research. The BMS faculty considers it important for Psychology and Communication Studies bachelor students to gain experience of empirical research in the role of a test subject. In this way, they are introduced to various types of research and can better prepare themselves for their own research activities in relation to their field of study. Through this system, students contribute to the research carried out by bachelor and master students, and academic staff. The bachelor programme includes a test-subject requirement of 15 hours in total, 10 of which to be contributed during the first year of the bachelor programme (B1) and the remaining five hours during the second year (B2), and by the third year (B3) at the latest.

Students can fulfill their test-subject obligations by participating in the research projects put forward by academic staff and students via the Sona test-subject system (Sona Systems). The Sona test-subject system is coordinated by the secretary’s office (Jasmine Verenjans - van der Weerd, Cubicus room B322, tel. 053-489 3611). In conjunction with the secretary’s office, the test-subject pool offers academic staff and students an efficient method of recruiting test subjects for their research.


Various rules apply to the recruitment of test subjects for your research. These rules are listed below.

  1. Firstly, the research proposal must be evaluated and approved by the faculty’s Ethics Board. You may apply for an evaluation via the faculty’s Ethics Board website, by filling in an online questionnaire/application.
    As part of the questionnaire, you will be asked if you wish to make use of the Sona test-subject system (Sona Systems) to recruit participants to carry out your research. You will also be required to provide certain factual information on the research, such as the desired number of participants and the duration of the research. This application for the use of Sona Systems is registered by the secretary’s office of the test-subject pool (Jasmine Verenjans - van der Weerd, tel. 053-489 3611).
    If the research proposal is approved by the faculty’s Ethics Board, you may make use of Sona Systems to recruit test subjects. You will receive an e-mail concerning this from the secretary’s office of the test-subject pool (Jasmine Verenjans - van der Weerd, tel. 053-489 3611), along with your Sona Systems account. Each student’s supervisor retains ultimate responsibility for the student’s account. Always make sure, therefore, that you yourself can gain access to the research carried out by a student.
  2. In MyTimetable you can see which activities are planned by students, so you can take this into account when planning your research. You may certainly not exceed the number of research minutes and/or hours stated in your application. Students can see from the number of points in Sona Systems the maximum time allocated for their research. 0.25 points equates to 15 minutes, 0.5 points to 30 minutes, 0.75 points to 45 minutes, etc.
  3. Your Sona Systems account is only valid for the time period requested. To carry out further research, your account must be reactivated by the secretary’s office of the test-subject pool.
  4. Students can register with Sona Systems to take part in research. As a researcher, you can see in Sona Systems which test subjects have registered at what time. You can print out a list of these, which you will need for presentation control.
  5. Students may only carry out their research if the supervisor or their replacement is accessible during the research!
  6. While carrying out your research, make sure that you only make use of students that are registered for your research in Sona Systems, if necessary shortly before commencement of your research. You may not add participants to Sona Systems yourself; only the test subjects themselves may do this. If a student participates in your research without having registered with Sona Systems (you can check this by consulting the aforementioned list), you must alert the test subject to the fact that they will receive no test-subject points, because you are unable to fill in their credits!
  7. The allocation of test-subject hours to test subjects takes place by filling in credits in Sona Systems. This must be done within two working days of test subjects completing their test. After completion of a test, you should also give each test subject a test-subject note, as proof that they actually took part in your research. If a student reports for research at the correct time and the research does not go ahead, the student will still be credited with the scheduled number of test-subject hours.
  8. The number of test-subject hours allocated must not exceed the amount agreed and/or communicated by the secretary’s office of the test-subject pool.

In conclusion

The secretary’s office of the test-subject pool does not provide information concerning experiments that have taken place or are yet to take place, or information concerning the test subjects. The secretary’s office of the test-subject pool is only open to questions on procedural issues regarding the recruitment and treatment of test subjects.

Failure to comply with these rules will result in the supervisor’s suspension from taking part in the test-subject pool for a period to be decided.

Please include the assigned research number in all correspondence (also as the subject in e-mails).  


See the page on the Ethics Board.


To reserve cubicles, you must fill in a Cubicles reservation form (see link below) and send it by e-mail to:

Jasmine Verenjans-van der Weerd
Secretariat department CPE
Room B322 (Cubicus)
Tel: (053) 489 3611

For questions on the management of cubicles and additional equipment, please contact:

Suzanne Vosslamber
Faculty BMS
Room B320 (Cubicus)
Tel: (053) 489 4173

If a new program needs to be installed, this should be communicated to Suzanne Vosslamber at least five working days before the research begins.


You may make use of questionnaires from the test-o-theek during your research.



  • PhotoResearch PR 640 colour spectrometer
  • Minolta luminance meter
  • Minolta chromameter CL100
  • Minolta luminance meter 1(spot meter).
  • Macam L203, luminance and spot meter
  • Topcon Screenoscope


  • Ahlborn Almemo 2290-8 data acquisition system with thermo anemometer and psychrometer in a case with various accessories


  • 3 sets of headphones. Sennheiser Circumaural (over the ear) HD 202
  • 2 stands
  • Bruel & Kjaer sound-level meters with accessories and calibration unit


  • Macromedia Dreamweaver
  • Macromedia Flash MX
  • Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.


  • 2 stopwatches (digital)
  • eye-movement tracking equipment


Facelab eye-tracking system

This is an advanced real-time recording system, which tracks head and eye movements, and variations in pupil size. Together with the Gazetracker application, it provides an analysis of the data collected, in the form of reports and graphics, when test subjects look at websites and other objects for which the manner of looking is important.

About Seeing Machines

Seeing Machines is an award-winning technology company with a focus on vision-based human-machine interfaces. Formed in 2000, Seeing Machines’ purpose is to commercialise its computer-vision IP across a range of industries and applications. One form of its technology faceLAB® provides head-pose, gaze direction and eyelid closure tracking. It has immediate and far-reaching impact in the realm of transportation safety and active information awareness systems. faceLAB® is used across the automotive industry, as well as by many leading academic research groups and transportation authorities worldwide, including:

  • NiCad universal battery charger
  • Microwriter, one-handed text input device (old, instructions not included)
  • Electro-mechanical aperture shutter, with remote operating unit and timer (old)
  • 2 stopwatches (digital)
  • Various plug adapters, extension cables, etc.
  • Old software (programming environments, etc.)


E-Prime is a Windows package for conducting behavioural experiments.

The E-Prime software program has been procured for the behavioural science lab ( or (reseller for Europe)). E-Prime is a very user-friendly program through which experiments can be programmed in Windows and responses recorded in milliseconds, which is uncommon in a multitasking environment such as Windows. A short description of E-Prime’s four most important applications follows. Firstly, there is a design environment in which experiments can be created by dragging attributes, such as a stimulus display or a feedback display. Specific characteristics can be selected for the attributes by filling in forms. Secondly, there is an application that runs the experiments created. To generate an experiment, E-Prime translates the completed forms into a kind of Visual Basic code. Experiments that cannot be created entirely using the forms can also be programmed by the user in this code. Thirdly, there is an application that merges different data files. Finally, there is an application with which data can be processed, such as the filtering of data or producing tables and graphics. The data files generated by E-Prime can be easily exported to other programs, such as Excel and SPSS.

E-Prime is mainly suitable for reaction-time experiments, during which various types of picture, film clips, text, sounds, etc. can be played/viewed. In addition, E-Prime can be used to create question lists but this is only interesting if you are also interested in the time spent per question.

Six E-Prime packages have been procured for the behavioural science lab and these can be reserved for use via Jasmine Verenjans-van der Weerd (, Cubicus room B-322, tel: 053-489 3611). A package consists of three books (reference guide, getting-started guide and a user’s guide) and a dongle. The program cannot be used without the dongle.

An alternative to E-Prime is Presentation. Like E-Prime, this package’s main purpose is to offer behavioural experiments that can be run on a computer. While there is little difference in the functionality of each package, the programming environments are different. Whereas E-Prime is based on Visual Basic, Presentation utilises a better programming system. Many laboratories around the world make use of one of these packages, which are synchronised with brain-imaging technologies, such as fMRI. Since these labs often use only one package for synchronisation, the BMS lab makes both packages available to facilitate co-operation with different labs. Certain types of equipment are also more difficult to control with one package or the other. In an attempt to promote unity within our own lab, we recommend the use of E-Prime. Two dongles are available for Presentation. Jasmine Verenjans-van der Weerd (, Cubicus room B-322, tel: 053-489 3611).



Since October 2005, it has been possible to record test subjects’ EEGs in the BMS lab. Recording an electro-encephalogram (EEG) offers the possibility to gain a direct insight into the role played by different regions of the brain during various types of human behaviour, ranging from the perception of visual, audio, tactile and pain stimuli, to learning motor sequences, for example. In addition, an EEG can be used as an index for alertness levels, which may be relevant during research involving things such as vigilance tasks in which certain displays need to be continuously scanned, or the definition of specific stages of sleep. An innovative methodology is the possibility to identify the link between various regions of the brain, the dipole coherence method – during the learning of motor sequences, for example, but also during the integration of various stimulus modalities.

The data acquisition PC uses a maximum of 72 electrodes to record an EEG. This PC is part of the standard equipment in the lab. As well as EEGs, it is also possible to record an electro-oculogram (EOG), which is important for the tracking of test subjects’ eye movements. It can also record other values, such as skin conductivity, heart rate and respiration. The EEG acquisition can be synchronised with an external PC as it conducts a behavioural experiment on a test subject (using E-Prime, for example).

The lab has procured BrainProducts ( for the acquisition and processing of EEGs. BrainRecorder is used for data acquisition. EEG data processing can be carried out offline on an office PC with the help of BrainVision Analyzer.

Requests to use the packages should be made to the CPE secretary’s office (, Cubicus room B-322, tel: 053-489 3611). The BrainRecorder package consists of a dongle and an instruction manual. The BrainVision package consists of a dongle, an installation CD and an instruction manual (manuals are also available on the internet). The programs cannot be used without a dongle.


System for the provision of depth information (also known as 3D)

A special hardware/software configuration makes it possible to experience computer-generated (or computer-mediated) models in stereoptic 3D. Stereopsis refers to the type of 3D perception that results from viewing an environment with both eyes simultaneously. The set-up consists of the following elements:

  • A computer with a special video card that can transmit alternate views of different images to the monitor and which controls an infrared emitter;
  • An infrared emitter linked to the computer, which ensures that a set of special 3D glasses flickers in the same rhythm as the screen, making it possible to send a slightly different image to each eye;
  • A set of special 3D glasses (shutter glasses);
  • A monitor with a fast refresh rate (important for avoiding tiredness and headaches caused by the flickering of the screen); and
  • A keyboard and mouse (which have no special characteristics).
  • A specific combination of drivers and viewing software is essential to this.

This set-up enables research to be carried out into 3D perception, the influence of stereopsis on learning, the performance of tasks under the influence of 3D perception, etc. Among other applications, the equipment is used to research the influence of 3D perception on anatomical learning, which is also important in the development of virtual learning environments and simulators for surgeons.


Test manager’s equipment, such as telephones and computers, must be turned off.
Test managers should limit conversation to a minimum in this room, and only speak in whispers.
Cubicle doors should remain closed as much as possible (also during the instruction of test subjects).

If necessary, the lab manager registers a complaint with the test manager’s supervisor.
If necessary, the lab manager can cancel or reschedule a lab reservation.

If you have any questions, please contact Jasmine Verenjans-van der Weerd ( or Suzanne Vosslamber (