Face masks have become a symbol of the current pandemic in many countries around the globe. Wearing a mask is considered one of the most effective measures to curb the spread of the disease. Yet, whereas it is voluntary to wear a mask in some…

Together with the World Health Organisation and more than 30 authors from the fields of science and application, a team led by Prof. Dr. Cornelia Betsch from the University of Erfurt has now proposed ten points to help decision-makers cope with the…

The Erfurt Laboratory for Empirical Research (ErfurtLab) at the University of Erfurt is gradually resuming operations on the basis of a hygiene protection concept agreed with the university management.

Against the background of the current coronavirus pandemic, the German Research Foundation (DFG) is setting up an interdisciplinary commission for pandemic research. It has 18 members from all scientific fields, including Cornelia Betsch, Heisenberg…

About the ErfurtLab

The Erfurt Laboratory for Empirical Research provides a professional research environment for all areas of behavioral research at the University of Erfurt. In addition to the technical and spatial infrastructure, we offer comprehensive support for planning, design and implementation of empirical studies in various contexts.

The most important task of the ErfurtLab is to provide and sustainably expand professional research resources that meet the highest scientific standards. To this end, 15 rooms on over 400 square metres are available for laboratory experiments, surveys, group interviews and other forms of data collection. Lab West and Lab North together offer more than 40 interview places in computer booths. In addition, the ErfurtLab has instruments for measuring eye movement (eye tracking) and for measuring heart rate and skin resistance. In additional rooms, the necessary equipment for observing and recording group discussions or individual conversations is provided. 

The ErfurtLab also promotes scientific transparency and the sustainable collection of research data by consistently establishing and implementing the principles of open science. This includes the pre-registration of studies and the free and easy availability of research materials and research data.  The handling of research data is based on the principles of fair data management. Our aim is to ensure that all data collected in the ErfurtLab is findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable. The main focus of all investigations in the ErfurtLab is on the responsible treatment of participants and compliance with standards of good scientific practice and data protection.


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Behavioral Research at ErfurtLab