Research at Xlab


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Registered graduate students, faculty, and official visiting scholars or postdocs at University of California, Berkeley are eligible to conduct research at Xlab.

Benefits of Xlab

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Administrative Services

Administrative services include subject recruitment, check-in, and payment services.
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Subject Pool

Xlab has a human subject pool of 5000+ and expanding. This consists of students, staff and alumni at the University of California, Berkeley, who show interest in participating in experiments.
When joining the subject pool, participants take a prescreen survey to gather information in order to filter subjects. Participants can be filtered based on: age, sex, race, English proficiency (native English speaker), and expected year of graduation.
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Grants

Xlab Grants are available for UCB graduate students conducting research for their dissertations and for postdoctoral and junior faculty conducting research for their research programs.
To learn how to apply for an Xlab Grant, please visit our Grant Form.
Read about the past research grant recipients have conducted here.
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Facilities

Xlab consists of 36 laptops in two rooms: 20 machines in the main room and 16 in Room C. There are desk partitions for the 36 laptops to prevent participants from viewing each other's screens. There are also three rooms available in the back for small group studies. A wide variety of software is available. Headphones and projectors can be set up upon request.
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Technology Support

Technology consultation is offered throughout the entire research cycle. This includes, but is not limited to, session design and program testing.


"It really is incredible how well-oiled of a machine this is...they [Xlab staff] are going to recruit 36 subjects and those 36 subjects will be sitting lined up outside [the lab] waiting to come in and they will come, assemble into their little rows, the experiment will start and bam, in 40 minutes you will magically have 36 data points. Then they get paid and leave. I really can't say enough how incredible this system is." Professor Dana Carney, 2014

Types of Experiments


In-lab Studies

Internal experiments take place in Xlab, Hearst Gymnasium, Suite 2. Participants are expected to arrive before the scheduled experiment and receive payment compensation after by check.

External studies

Experiments can be conducted outside the Xlab facility via internet or mobile phones, and in-person; this will be stated in the invitation for participation.

Online Experiments Participants will take online experiments remotely from a personal computer without coming into Xlab. Participants sign up and retrieve the study link from SONA.

Xmobile Experiments Experiments may be completed directly from the participants' mobile phone. Xmobile experiments may require the installation of applications and in-lab participation. Participants must have smart phones that are capable of certain applications (e.g. Android, iPhone).

Xportable Experiments Make your lab anywhere on campus! Xlab has a stock of 30+ laptops that are not needed in the lab. These machines were purchased in 2009 and are still suitable for running many types of experiments and surveys. The Xlab is making these laptops available to the research community at UC Berkeley.