About our laboratories
CBESS members conduct decision-making experiments both in field and laboratory settings. To support laboratory experiments, the Centre operates and maintains two state-of-the-art laboratories on the UEA campus which are used exclusively for experiments. The laboratories can be used separately to support multiple experiments being conducted on the same day, or can be used jointly to support larger sessions. Currently, CBESS members conduct 10-20 experiment sessions per week across the two labs.
CBESS' first dedicated laboratory facility, the ZICER lab is located centrally on campus on Floor 02 of the Zuckerman Institute for Connective Environmental Research (ZICER) building. The spacious laboratory hosts 20 participant stations separated by a modular partitioning system to permit some flexibility in bespoke arrangement. There are two stations reserved for experimenter use.
CBESS' newer laboratory (from January 2011) is located in Room 3.05 in the Teaching Wing of the ARTS Building, conveniently down the corridor from the School of Economics and up one storey from the School of International Development. This 18-seat laboratory is ideal for conducting smaller experimental sessions.
Support for experimenters
In addition to the physical laboratories, the Centre provides a range of supporting services to researchers, to simplify and streamline the mechanics of conducting experiments. CBESS employs two research associates, who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the physical laboratories. The research associates also manage the database of over 1000 registered participants, and provide end-to-end support on all aspects of interacting with participants, including invitations, payment, and management of the Centre's session history. The research associates are also available for further support in designing experiments and carrying out software development, testing, and deployment.