Category: Research

  • New Research at the BMS Lab- Personalized museum tours may be possible!

    With the world slowly opening up, museums are expecting their first visitors and attempting to make their visits worth remembering. Recently, Leon Groothaar researched how museums improve the visitors’ experience with the use of gaze data and micro-narratives.  The experiment To answer the question, Leon thought of a system that can measure the gaze of […]

  • Why do doubters doubt the COVID-19 vaccination campaign? – New research at the BMS Lab

    The COVID-19 vaccination campaigns are happening in the Netherlands, but also globally. However, the campaign is not without doubters. To check what the doubters doubt about the vaccines in the Netherlands, the BMS Lab conducted research at Van Heeksplein, in the heart of Enschede. By positioning the mobile lab, Experivan, at the busy location, numerous […]

  • Results of Pilot Large Scale COVID-19 Testing

    The Dutch Government conducted four pilot large scale COVID-19 tests in which the BMS Lab participated. Their aim was to uncover how the risk-oriented large scale testing can contribute to fighting COVID-19. Additionally, they wanted to investigate the willingness for testing, isolation, and quarantine on a large scale. Meanwhile, they were gaining more insights into […]

  • Penalty Kicks and Brain Activity – fNIRS Study

    FIFA reported that 3.572 billion viewers watched the soccer matches from June 14 to July 15 in 2018 (Reuters 2018). With about half of the world’s population interested in the sport, many were left wondering why do the players miss the penalty kicks so often. One BMS Lab study by Max Slutter, Nattapong Thammasan, and […]

  • Green Spaces & Safety – Research Update!

    The ever-rising concerns about safety perceptions in public places are widely spread across the world. Since safety is the primary component of quality of life, it has sparked researchers’ interest. It is noteworthy that research has identified a relationship between urban green spaces (UGS) and perceptions of safety.  To investigate the topic, Kaya-Malin Franke, MSc […]

  • Decision tree – New tool at the BMS Lab!

    The BMS Lab has broadened the portfolio of online tools, with the newest addition the Decision tree. The COVID-19 circumstances presented challenges when it came to conducting research online, especially when it comes to collecting data. These challenges inspired the creation of the Decision tree tool. The tool aims to advise on which online data […]

  • IsolatieCoach

    Based on the feedback from interviews received by the ministry of health and the Coronamelder app, it became apparent that the advice given regarding isolation was inconsistent. Thus, people often did not take the isolation advice seriously, leading to them not following it. The main reasons behind the lack of compliance were concerns over the […]

  • The use, difficulties and promises of communication technology in preventing loneliness among elderly

    Researchers Elles de Witte, Christian Wrede and Marcia da Silva are taking part in the challenge against loneliness amongst the elderly. Under the supervision of Dr. Annemarie Braakman, Prof. Dr. Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen and Dr. Thomas van Rompay, they have written a research proposal to study the role of communications technology in tackling the experienced isolation of the elderly. This proposal has now been approved. In the future study, they intent to focus on existing communications technology and how it has and can aid in both providing care and relieving loneliness.

  • Combating the Corona virus: A solution for everyone

    Combating the Corona virus: A solution for everyone

    The worldwide outbreak of sars-cov-2 (the novel coronavirus) has changed the world. Not just through the direct impact on the health of people. Its impact on the social interactions of people is significant as well. A great search is underway to learn how to deal with the social implications. One of the pillars in this search is the ability to identify and warn potential virus carriers more quickly. An app that is being developed for the Dutch government could help with this. It uses apple’s and Google’s low power Bluetooth API for COVID-19 to anonymously gather contact data. It can then warn people that run an increased risk of infection. This occurs when they have interactions with infected individuals (Read a Dutch or English analysis). The BMS lab supported and participated in the research on the app’s usability. The lab provided the equipment, technical support and aided with the analysis.

  • Evaluating new wearables: A method

    Physiological measurements form an integral part of science and have a growing role in social research. These measurements provide an insight in some of the body’s and nervous system’s responses to stimuli, often in real-time. The developments in the field of physiological measurements and the myriad of devices that are capable of them follow each […]