Lab

Research at the uncertainty lab uses the cutting edge research facilities at Department of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, including:

Behavorial labs

Most experimental studiesĀ are run at the behavioral labs of the Psychology Research Institute. These labs contain between 6 and 12 PCs running a variety of Psychology-based software such as Inquisite, Presentation, MediaLab, Direct RT and Authorware.

Psychophysiology lab

Uncertainty can have substantial affective consequences, which can be reflected in physiological responses. At the psychophysiology lab we investigate the effects of uncertainty on skin conductance level and the cardiovascular system.

Neuropsychology lab

Uncertainty is also examined at the neuropsychology lab to ascertain the brain regions that underpin uncertainty. Using fMRI and EEG we thus aim to gain more insight into the primary causes and consequences of uncertainty.

Eyetracker lab

The effects of uncertainty on visual attention for information are investigated in the eyetracker lab. Here we for example examine whether uncertainty leads people to actively seek out information related to their uncertainty or if they are more likely to seek distraction.

Survey research

Through a collaboration with Motivaction (www.motivaction.nl) we conduct surveys on various aspects of uncertainty related to public issues such as the acceptability of technological risks, insurance behavior, and public reactions to health related risk.