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Lab Facilities

Lab Space

Evanston - Jacobs Building; 3rd Floor & Chicago - Wieboldt Building; 2nd floor
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Jacobs Lab Space - Waiting Area: The Evanston behavioral lab houses a spacious participant check-in and waiting area directly to the right of the 3rd floor elevators.
Jacobs Lab Space - Behavioral Computer Labs A & B: Rooms 3247 & 3245. These computer labs are equipped with 10 & 13 seats respectively. All seats are outfitted with all-in-one computer stations with headphones.
Jacobs Lab Space - Breakout Rooms 1-6: Located in rooms 3232, 3233A, 3233B, 3234, 3235, and 3236, the six breakout rooms are generally used for experimental studies on small-group negotiations and interactions. Each breakout room is equipped with an all-in-one computer station, a table, chairs, and a ceiling A/V recording system.  The workstations in the breakout rooms also have Inquisit software installed.
        Debriefing Rooms 1 & 2: Rooms 3238 & 3239.  Private debriefing offices are available to be used when you are running experiments in the labs.
Jacobs Lab Space - A/V Control Room: Located in room 3237B, the A/V Control Room allows researchers to control the audiovisual system in the Breakout Rooms. The A/V Control Room is equipped with one recording rack, which sports six Toshiba DVD recorders and seven flat-screen monitors (one master and six secondary monitors).
Jacobs Lab Space - Shared work space: Rooms 3237A & 3223. These offices can be shared by research assistants and graduate students while running experiments in the lab. Personal items or experimental materials should not be stored here.
Weiboldt Hall - Behavioral lab space in Weiboldt Hall is housed within a private room of the Schaffner Library. Because this space is shared with other Kellogg users, we do not have  stationary equipment available.
        The lab uses Samsung galaxy tablets to facilitate research in this location. In order for a research project to be eligible for this location, the study must be web-accessible and adapted to a tablet screen. Researchers who have questions about whether or not their projects are suitable for the Wieboldt Hall location, should email behavioralrs@Kellogg.northwestern.edu for guidance.

Available Software


DirectRT: DirectRT is a software developed by Empirisoft, designed for cognitive and perception tasks that require millisecond precision. DirectRT allows you to quickly create reaction-time tasks (i.e., IAT, Implicit Association Test) that require presenting sound, video, images, and text with precision.

PsychoPy: is an open-source application allowing you run a wide range of neuroscience, psychology and psychophysics experiments. It’s a free, powerful alternative to Presentation™ or e-Prime™, written in Python.

MATLAB Psychtoolbox: Psychophysics Toolbox Version 3 (PTB-3) is a free set of Matlab and GNU Octave functions for vision and neuroscience research.

Inquisit:  Inquisit  is used for creating experiments that require very precise measurements of response time.  It is currently available as a pilot deployment only in the 6 breakout rooms, however we also have an online license. Those interested in using the online license should contact the Lab Manager at behavioralrs@Kellogg.northwestern.edu

Sona Systems: Sona Systems is subject pool administration platform that is maintained for behavioral research at Kellogg.  There are two dashboards available for
1. In-Lab Studies
2. Online Studies 

Qualtrics: Qualtrics is a web survey tool at Kellogg developed by Qualtrics and hosted by a third-party provider. Some of the main features of Qualtrics are 1) a question library with survey templates; 2) a custom survey design wizard; and 3) survey distribution options. Qualtrics supports survey-based experiments and features a block randomizer tool for experimental trials.

z-Tree: z-Tree (Zurich Toolbox for Readymade Economic Experiments) is a software package developed by Urs Fischbacher at the University of Zurich's Institute for Empirical Research in Economics to conduct economic experiments such as auctions, ultimatum games, prisoners' dilemma games, and trust games.