Facility Summary #
Specialization: Usability Studies, Eye-tracking, Sensors, Scent Stimuli, Observation Rooms
Max Capacity: 2 persons per room
Location: Cubicus, room B200VH (1-7)
Get Room Key from: Cubicus B204
About Flexperiment #
The Flexperiment facility is a set-up of 7 small cubicle lab spaces with workstations. All the rooms are connected to a remote controlled camara observation system that allow for remote monitoring of participants. These Flexperiment rooms are small enclosed spaces with a computer, desk and chair and can be used for all sorts of studies, ranging from usability tests to psychometric measurements.
Three of the rooms are set up for specialized areas e.g. usability studies, VR, eye-tracking or scent. And the remainder of the rooms are flexible to be adjusted based on the researchers needs.
Flexperiment opens the possibility for a variety of research. Researchers use the specialized room for smaller-scale experiments with one participant at a time. Read more.
Using the Flexperiment Room and their Equipment #
Remote Monitoring of the Flexperiment Rooms: All the Flexperiment lab spaces offer the ability to perform studies in a controlled small lab space. A researcher being present with the participant can affect the study’s outcomes, thus remote observation is both a need and an ability of the Flexperiment rooms. It does this through the placement of cameras in each mini lab space and a monitoring station in a hall. Read this guide to learn how to observe remotely.
For Multi-Purpose Use (Room 1, 5, 6 and 7): Four out of the seven Flexperiment rooms are all-purpose rooms. When you need an isolated space to apply stimuli or take measurements, they are perfect.
Equipment: Chair, desk, camera observation system, computer, screen, keyboard and mouse.
Facilities: Closable (heated) room
For Usability Testing (Room 2): This room is mainly used for usability testing. It is more comfy and homely with a couch and plants and thanks to its advanced eye-tracking equipment is perfect for usability studies. The equipment can follow the gaze of participants more precisely and continue to do so outside of the boundaries of the computer screen.
Specialization: Usability testing
Equipment: Advanced eye-tracker, chair, desk, camera observation system, computer, screen, keyboard and mouse.
For Scent Machine (Room 3): This room comes equipped with very special equipment in the form of a scent machine. It allows the experimenter to create a consistent and controlled smell that can serve as a stimulant. In marketing research the idea of a holistic approach, involving more of the human senses, has gained traction and the BMS lab is equipped to facilitate these studies. Please note that great care needs to be taken in designing and executing your procedure when using the scent machine. Furthermore, the machine mixes chemicals to create consistent scents and therefore requires more advanced knowledge and the appropriate preparation time to ensure the right scent can be created (supplies) and is created. Please contact the BMS lab team well in time if you plan to use scent in your study.
Specialization: Research involving smell or scent
Equipment: Scent machine, static eye-tracker, chair, desk, camera observation system, computer, screen, keyboard and mouse.
For Eye-Tracking (Room 4): Thanks to its advanced eye-tracking equipment is perfect for usability studies and stimuli that are outside of the screen. The equipment can follow the gaze of participants more precisely and continue to do so outside of the boundaries of the computer screen.
Equipment: Advanced static eye-tracker, chair, desk, camera observation system, computer, screen, keyboard and mouse.
When should you use the Flexperiment room?
When your study requires either the specialized equipment or isolation of your participants from outside influences, the Flexperiment rooms are very useful. They, for example, allow you to create a distraction free environment in which to apply your stimuli, observe your participants unobtrusively or in which measurements can be taken in an environment that is both quiet and respects the participant’s privacy.
When should you not use the Flexperiment room?
If your study requires the processing of very large numbers of participants or a very flexible schedule, then the rooms might be less suitable. Do keep in mind that you should try to avoid reserving a specialized room when the specialised equipment is irrelevant or unnecessary for your study. You can always contact the BMS lab team for more information.
Best Practices Flexperiment #
When in the room there are some ground rules you must abide by.
Hygiene Protocol #
The below states the hygiene procedures related to persons. For equipment, follow the disinfection procedure for the instrument. For more details, read the hygiene protocol (link).
1 – Persons
1.1 – Postpone the study in case of flu, cold or other infection in the trial conductor or subject (V).
1.2 – Ensure good general body and clothing hygiene during the trial period (V).
1.3 – Always wear disposable gloves during the following physiological procedures:
a – cleaning/abrading the subject’s skin (V).
b – application of electrodes (V).
c – removal of electrodes (V).
d – all actions related to blood, sperm or vaginal fluid (V).
e – working with disinfectants (V).
f – in the case of clearly visible wounds or skin irritation in the subject or experimenter (V).
1.4 – The simplest disinfection procedure is hand washing. This should be done, regardless of the use of gloves:
a – prior to physiological actions (V).
b – after physiological actions (V).
c – after using the toilet (V).
d – after sneezing, coughing or blowing the nose (use paper tissues) (V).
e – after unexpected contact with blood or other body fluids (V).
1.5 – It is preferable not to wear rings during examination (V).
1.6 – Nails should preferably be kept short and clean during the study period (V).