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RESEARCH LABORATORIES

 

The Center provides facilities to enable researchers to conduct research, to interact fully and freely with each other as well as with other external researchers and industrial laboratories. There are four laboratories:

 

Experimental Psychology Lab

 

The Experimental Psychology Laboratory is the first one established for conducting scientific experiments in the field of cognitive science and psychology at NBU. With the availability of 3 sound proof experiment booths and specialized equipment for work with the software programs PsyScope and E-prime, the laboratory offers conditions for behavioral experiments in the areas of language processing, thinking, perception and memory.

 

Research Projects implemented in the laboratory:

MOVEMENT

CHILD LANGUAGE

BG CHILD LANGUAGE

EUROCOG

ANALOGY

EYE-to-IT

 

Contacts:

Penka Hristova, Ph.D. – Director

Tel.: (++359 2) 8110 401; Fax: (++359 2) 8110 421

e-mail: phristova@cogs.nbu.bg

 

 

 

HiLab – Usability Research Laboratory

 

http://hilab.nbu.bg/

 

The laboratory’s main goal is to act as the crossing-point between applied and fundamental research in the area of human-computer interaction. It is a research center that accumulates scientific knowledge and applies research results to the software industry.

The laboratory uses modern technical equipment, including eye-tracker (specialized equipment for tracking of eye movements), one of its kind in Bulgaria.

·         Applied activities: usability studies of web sites, software products, e-learning systems, ads, user documentation, client processes, devices.

·         Research activities: adaptation of existing scientific methods from psychology and cognitive science to the practical needs of usability and development of new methods.

·         HiLab regularly organizes a seminar on the development of new methods for usability and human-computer interaction research

Services

·         Professional usability services (consulting, testing, evaluation, training) to software producers and other interested parties.

·         Usability testing with users representative of the product or service.

·         Heuristic evaluation of a prototype or end product by usability specialists and by experts from the domain to which the product is related.

·         Usability-related consulting.

·         Creation of user profiles and personas (persons representative of entire user classes).

·         Building of information architectures based on user mental models.

·         Brand name analysis of products, services, companies, product lines.

·         Eye-tracking studies of the perception of ads 

·         Analysis of the effectiveness of commercials

 

Research Projects implemented in the laboratory:

The Laboratory has been working on European-funded research projects:

EUROCOG

RASCALLI

EYE-to-IT

WELKOM

HiLab has also conducted numerous research projects for private companies in the software industry.

Contacts:

Maurice Grinberg, Assoc. Prof. Ph.D. – Director of HiLab

tel.: (++359 2) 8110 403; fax: (++359 2) 8110 421

e-mail: mgrinberg@nbu.bg

web: http://hilab.nbu.bg/

 

 

 

Neuroscience Lab

 

The laboratory is organized for scientific research and education of students enrolled in the Master’s and Doctoral programs in cognitive science. It is equipped with a computerized high-resolution multichannel (32) polyphysiographic system (including 24 EEG channels, channels for EOG, ECG, EMG, pneumogram, skin galvanic reaction, voice channel and channels for external stimuli and response times) for direct recording of human biosignals and behavioral characteristics during various cognitive paradigms. The main direction of research is discovering the dynamical properties of brain and body physiological processes during cognitive task performance. A special-purpose software program based on MATLAB is being developed including methods and algorithms from linear and nonlinear systems analysis. The laboratory is involved in scientific collaboration with the laboratory on Motor Control at the Institute of Physiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and with several laboratories in Europe and the USA, on topics related to current research. In 2004 an important international conference on motor control was organized by the laboratory.

The laboratory is expanded and provided with modern transportable EEG equipment as part of the implementation of research project EYE-to-IT

 

Research Projects implemented in the laboratory:

EUROCOG

CONNECTIVITY

EYE-to-IT

 

Contacts:

Evgenia Hristova, Ph.D. – Director

Tel.: (++359 2) 8110 416; Fax: (++359 2) 8110 421

e-mail: ehristova@cogs.nbu.bg



Laboratory for Active Learning and Critical Thinking

 

The laboratory focuses on the implementation of cognitive science knowledge in the area of education, working in close cooperation with a network of NBU associated schools. It offers training seminars on active educational methods and critical thinking designed for teachers and trainers, it carries out trainings on teaching techniques; develops new teaching methods based on cognitive theories and studies teaching methods’ effectiveness; conducts pedagogical experiments.


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Research Projects implemented in the laboratory:

EUROCOG

ANALOGY

 

Contacts:

Milena Mutafchieva – Director

Tel.: (++359 2) 8110 620; Fax: (++359 2) 8110 421;

e-mail: mmutafchieva@nbu.bg