Onderzoekslab in het Maria Montessorigebouw
Onderzoekslab in het Maria Montessorigebouw

Research facilities

We have many different research facilities here. Researchers can use our labs and various resources for optimum collection of data.

Research in labs

  • Virtual Reality Lab
    In this lab, realistic, three-dimensional computer-generated environments can be created in which researchers can follow participants. Psychological research into anxiety disorders is carried out here, for example.
  • Bar Lab
    Observational research into social behaviour in a natural setting can be done here, by means of discreet cameras and recording equipment.
  • Sports Lab
    This lab is used for behavioural and psycho-physiological measurements during exertion. There is new, state-of-the-art apparatus available, such as a professional treadmill, widescreen television, digital video cameras, sleep managers and heart rate monitors.
  • Robotics Lab
    With a wide range from Lego robots to humanoid robots, this lab makes it possible to research the interaction between human and robot.
  • Music Cognition Lab
    Everything you need to gain insight into the cognitive mechanisms that form the basis of musicality.
  • Observation Lab
    People's behaviour can be observed in this lab, by means of a one-way screen and multiple cameras.
  • Computer Lab
    In this lab, 22 identical spaces are available for carrying out computerised experiments.
  • Mobile Labs
    We also have mobile labs available, for carrying out experiments outside the university. They allow you to do tests and observations with, for example, EEG and computers, on location at schools, for example.
  • Lab for physiological measurements
    Here, researchers can measure neurocognitive biomechanical mechanisms that influence behaviour, using EEG apparatus, for example.
  • Baby and Child Research Center
    The Baby Research Centre has special facilities for behavioural and neuroscientific research with babies and young children, such as eye trackers and EEG apparatus.

Research equipment

  • Eye trackers
    Researchers use eye trackers to measure eye movements and determine the visual attention.
  • Stabilometric platforms
    These are for research into freeze-approach-avoidance behaviour.
  • Vestibular sled
    This is used, in combination with EEG apparatus, motion measuring equipment and virtual reality stimuli for motor and sensorimotor research.

  • Neuroimaging facilities (Donders Institute)
    Modern apparatus is essential to studying the brain in all its facets. The Donders Institute has all the advanced equipment available for researching the brain, cognition and behaviour and is at the forefront of developing and applying new techniques. 


Access to data is vital for comparative and multidisciplinary research. The following databases are available in the faculty.

  • Family Survey Dutch Population (FSDP)
  • Netherlands Longitudinal Lifecourse Survey (NELLS)
  • Social and Cultural Developments in the Netherlands (SOCON)
  • European Social Survey (ESS)
  • New Immigrant Survey Netherlands (NIS2NL)
  • Nijmegen Longitudinal Study (NLS)