CBESS members conduct decision-making experiments both in field and laboratory settings. To support laboratory experiments, the Centre operates and maintains a state-of-the-art laboratory on the UEA campus which is used exclusively for experiments. The laboratory 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.
In addition to the laboratory, 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.
About the information you give us
When you register with our participant database, we request a few personal details. We require your campus card number, first and last name, and gender. We also require a UEA email address. We need this information in order to identify you positively when you participate in a session, and to ensure that noone is registered more than one time in our system. (Once you are registered, you can also specify a second email address to receive communications.)
In addition, we request some optional data. These additional data are used to determine eligibility for particular experiments. You are free to provide some, all, or none of this information, although the more information you choose to provide, the more experiments you will likely be eligible for.
We only use the information you provide to our online database for the purpose of inviting you to experiments conducted by or in conjunction with the Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS). We do not pass your information on to any other parties, and store it only on secure servers at the University of East Anglia.
We do keep a record of which experiments you participate in, and which sessions you sign up for but do not show up. We do not retain any linkage between your records in the registration database and any decisions you make during the experiment sessions. That is, the only information that is kept from an experiment session itself is the information you give during that session.
Your decision to participate or not to participate in our experiments will have no effect on your academic standing, employment, or other matters with the University of East Anglia.
You can unsubscribe from our registration database at any time by notifying us at CBESS.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your message via your registered email address, and give your first and last name and campus card number for identification purposes.
About participating in sessions
We hope our experiment sessions are in general fun and stimulating. We have just a few procedures we follow in order that our sessions run smoothly.
Signing up for a session represents a commitment on your part that you intend to be there. If circumstances change and you are not able to attend a session you signed up for, please notify us immediately at CBESS.email@example.com so that we can offer your place to another participant. Failure to show up for a session may result in its cancellation, inconveniencing your fellow participants; please be considerate!
Sessions begin promptly at the announced time. Once a session has begun, it is not possible to join it in progress, and we will be unable to offer you a turn-away fee.
We promise to treat you in a polite, courteous, and professional manner when you come to our labs. We request that you do the same both to CBESS personnel, and to other participants in your session.
No eating or drinking is permitted in our labs at any time.
The use of mobile phones or other electronic devices is not permitted while in the labs, unless you are explicitly directed that you may do so by your experimenter.
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 34 participant stations separated by a modular partitioning system to permit some flexibility in bespoke arrangement. There are two stations reserved for experimenter use.
CBESS invites researchers from other universities and associations to hire our facilities for carrying out their own experiments.
For further details or to initiate booking your experimental sessions in the CBESS laboratories, contact the Director, Dr Anders Poulsen, at A.Poulsen@uea.ac.uk or on +44 (0) 1603 591066.