Lab Life

Since the beginning of September I am finally collecting data for the eye tracker study, which is part of my research visit at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research and of my DAAD scholarship. Data collection means in my case that people take part in my study. They come to my lab, I observe their eye movements while they are watching Facebook News Posts and I ask them a bunch of questions before and after.

The process of data collection will last for whole September. Therefore, I am also in the lab for a whole month, having about 10 participants each day. It’s an unusual way to spend time. The work in the lab contains mainly of small tasks like introducing participants, filling in documents, checking values, making notes. Also it is stuffed with lots of short waiting times, e.g. when participants fill in surveys or between their arrivals. On one hand, it is not really possible to make use of this time and focus on tasks which need longer concentration periods such as scientific writing. On the other hand, it can be kind of exhausting to only wait. Some of my fellows told me that too much time in the lab can drive you insane…

So I obviously take some personal risks for science when being in the lab! With this post I’d like to report about my lab life, full of dangers and adventures. I present to you a little foto selection. Thanks for watching!

The corridor

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The University of Amsterdam has a whole building only for labs. Here is the corridor of the first floor, where also my lab is settled. Lots of yellow doors lead to lots of ongoing research. There are also MRI systems and EEG measurements for psychological studies. It's super cool.


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