Lab Facilities

Floor Plan & Layout

The BRL is designed and equipped for various types of behavioral studies, including traditional and digital experiments, focus groups, and research interviews. We provide the following facilities:

  • A large computer room with 19 computer workstations (separated by adjustable dividers to ensure privacy), a whiteboard, and a projector.
  • Two testing rooms (referred to as “Meeting Room A” and “Meeting Room B”), each of which has a table, a few chairs, a whiteboard, and AV recording equipment. Meeting Room A can accommodate 4–6 participants, while Meeting Room B has space for 6–8. Meeting Room B also contains a projector and a one-way mirror that allows researchers to observe participants from the adjacent AV control room.
  • An AV control room where researchers can monitor participants and record studies using our AV system.
  • A reception area with seating for participants, as well as a front desk, a desktop computer, and a printer for research personnel.
  • A closet and several cabinets for storing research equipment and materials.

View the BRL Floor Plan

To schedule a tour of the lab, please email the BRL Coordinator at

Audiovisual System

The AV system at the BRL enables researchers to monitor and record lab sessions, as well as to present content and communicate with participants during studies. Our AV system completed a major upgrade in Fall 2018. This section describes the primary components and features of the new AV system.

Recording & Observation Equipment

Meeting Room A and Meeting Room B each have two wall-mounted PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras with Full HD (1080p) resolution. Researchers can control the angle and zoom of each camera remotely from the AV control room.

The BRL can additionally obtain two tripod-mounted professional camcorders with Full HD resolution to be used in either of the testing rooms. Researchers can connect these camcorders to the AV system through the two HD-SDI ports on the wall of each testing room.

Besides the two HD-SDI ports, each testing room has two HDMI ports, which can be connected to cameras brought into the lab by researchers. Additionally, any content presented through the projector in Testing Room B can be recorded.

As for audio recording, each testing room is equipped with a ceiling-hanging microphone capable of capturing studio-quality sound. Furthermore, the BRL can provide a total of six wireless lavalier microphones to be worn by participants in either of the testing rooms.

There are two control stations in the AV control room — one dedicated to Meeting Room A and the other to Meeting Room B. Each control station will have (1) a recorder that receives input from all the video and audio sources in the corresponding testing room, (2) a large LED monitor that shows a live feed of each video source, and (3) a touch panel that allows researchers to interact with the recorder and other parts of the AV system via a simple user interface.

Researchers can simultaneously record all video sources as separate video files. The system can also produce a “master recording” of multiple video sources, presented in a split-screen format. Researchers have the freedom to select any combination of audio sources to be included in each video recording. In addition, there is an option to create audio-only recordings.

Video and audio recordings will be exported to each recorder’s hard drive. Researchers must transfer all recordings to an external storage device (e.g., a USB flash drive) or to a cloud storage site (e.g., Dropbox) no later than five business days following the last lab session. After this five-day window passes, the BRL Coordinator may delete recordings at any time to free up storage space for future researchers.

Finally, there is a regular desktop computer in the AV control room, shared between the two control stations. Researchers can use this computer to access the Internet, present content through the projector in Meeting Room B (see below for details), edit videos, etc.

Presentation & Communication Equipment

Meeting Room B and the computer room each have a ceiling-mounted projector, a ceiling-recessed (motorized) projection screen, and a pair of ceiling-recessed speakers for researchers who would like to present experimental stimuli, study instructions, or other content to participants during lab sessions. Researchers can give presentations from their own laptops by connecting them to the HDMI ports near the two projectors. Researchers also have the option to present content using the desktop computer located in the AV control room, although such content can only be displayed through the projector in Meeting Room B, and not the projector in the computer room.

Two desktop microphones have been placed in the AV control room, giving researchers the ability to remotely communicate with participants in Meeting Room A and Meeting Room B. Participants can hear researchers’ voices through the speakers in each testing room. Likewise, researchers can hear participants’ voices, captured by the ceiling-hanging microphone in each testing room, through the speakers in the AV control room. There is also a pair of professional headphones at each control station in the AV control room for audio monitoring.