The Experimental Decision Laboratory, one of eight component laboratories of the Canadian Hub for Applied Social Research (CHASR) at the University of Saskatchewan, translates the experimental approach used in behavioural psychology to address the broader governance challenges of economic policy and regulation.

Funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and led by Peter W.B. Phillips, Valerie Thompson (Psychology) and James Nolan (Business and Economics), the EDL undertakes studies of human decision-making as they relate to innovative new technologies in the agri-food, medical and industrial sectors. It also provides insights into potential hold-ups to regulating and commercializing science-based, globally-traded products and services. The outputs assist researchers, firms, industries, governments, and NGOs to understand better the opportunities and constraints in a wide range of policy areas.

EDL Facilities

  • A 23 computer station lab equipped with a SMART Board and modular meeting table.
  • Five highly portable eye tracking systems.
  • Laptops and iPads that can be signed out to assist with onsite or mobile data collection.

EDL Services

  • Development of research proposals using experimental methodologies.
  • Assistance with the development of experimental designs, methods and tools.
  • Custom programming of online and/or in-lab experiments using a variety of programming platforms (e.g., E-Prime, Z-Tree, PsychoPy, Voxco, LimeSurvey, SoPHIE).
  • Recruitment of participants for online and in-lab studies using Sona Systems through the SSRL Research Participant Group (RPG).
  • Recruitment of participants for online studies through EKOS Research Associates or AskingCanadiansto obtain representative samples.
  • Access to infrastructure and support to run individual and group experiments.

Contact the EDL

Room 256 Arts Building
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive  
Saskatoon, SK
(306) 966-6996