Research facilities


We have many different in-house research facilities. Researchers can use our labs and a range of resources to gather data in the best possible way. If a researcher needs a piece of equipment modified, our technical support staff work with the researcher to find a suitable solution. We also have diverse databases, as well as access to databases maintained by others.

Laboratory research

  • Virtual Reality Lab
    In this lab, realistic, three-dimensional computer-generated environments are created in which researchers can monitor participants. It is used, for example, for psychological studies on anxiety disorders.
  • Bar Lab
    This lab is used for observational research of social behaviour in a natural setting, using inconspicuous cameras and recording systems.
  • Sports Lab
    For behavioural and psycho-physiological measurements during exercise. State-of-the-art new equipment is available, such as a professional treadmill, wide-screen television, digital video cameras, sleep managers and heart rate monitors.
  • Robotics Lab
    From Lego robots to humanoid robots; in this lab it is possible to carry out a study of the interaction between humans and robots.
  • Music Cognition Lab
    Everything necessary to gain insight into the cognitive mechanisms that underlie musicality.
  • Observation Lab
    In this lab the behaviour of people can be observed through a one-way screen and multiple cameras.
  • Computer Lab
    22 identical spaces are available for performing computerised experiments.
  • Mobile labs
    Mobile labs are available for conducting experiments outside the University. Tests and observations can be performed with equipment such as EEG and computers on location, for example in schools.
  • Lab for physiological measurements
    In this laboratory, researchers can use equipment such as an EEG to measure the neuro-cognitive biomechanical mechanisms that influence behaviour.
  • The Baby and Child Research Center
    The Baby Research Center has special facilities such as eye trackers and EEG equipment for behavioural and neuroscientific research involving babies and young children.

Other research equipment

  • Eye trackers
    Researchers use eye trackers to measure eye movements, which indicate a subject's focus of visual attention.
  • Stabilometric platforms
    For studying freeze-approach-avoidance behaviour.
  • Vestibulary sledge
    A vestibulary sledge, combined with EEG equipment, movement measurement equipment and 'virtual reality' stimuli, is used for sensorimotor and motoric research.
  • Neuroimaging-facilities (Donders Institute)
    To study the brain in all its facets, modern equipment is essential. The Donders Institute has all the advanced equipment needed to study the brain, cognition and behaviour. The Institute is at the leading edge of the development and application of new techniques. Read more about the facilities at the Donders Institute here.


Access to data is essential for comparative and multi-disciplinary research. The following databases are available within the Faculty:

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

Support for research

  • Sociotheek
    A broad range of testing materials and treatment materials for psychological and orthopaedic research are assembled in our sociotheek.
  • Technical Support Group