Research Labs

Behavioral Research Insights Through Experiments Lab

Established in 2012, the Behavioral Research Insights Through Experiments (BRITE) Lab is a state-of-the-art facility for laboratory data collection for business, consumer science, and other social sciences. Located in room 2117 of Nancy Nicholas Hall, it is a joint-effort by the UW-Madison School of Business and SoHE. The BRITE lab is used by faculty and graduate students in a variety of research areas. Learn more.

Hartley Lab

The Hartley Lab is run through the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Waisman Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The principle investigator is Dr. Sigan Hartley, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and her students study the resources and contexts underlying positive well-being in individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members.  Their research investigates many aspects of individual well-being and family relationships, such as marital quality, parent-child interactions, healthy aging, mental health conditions, and stress and coping.

Cognitive Development and Media Learning Lab

The Cognitive Development and Media Learning Lab is directed by Dr. Heather Kirkorian, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies. Her research is at the intersection of early cognitive development and media effects and explores how young children pay attention to and learn from television and interactive screen media such as video games and touchscreen apps.

Frances and Elliot Lehman Family Research Center Lab

The Lab promotes research combining behavioral observations with indices of individual and family well-being and development across the lifespan including physical, cognitive, emotional, relational, cultural, and economic well-being. The Lab has two research rooms, one for families and one designed for infants and children. Each research room has a one-way mirror and an adjoining observation room.

To contact the Center about using the Lab, email familycenter@mail.sohe.wisc.edu.

Couples Lab

Dr. Lauren Papp directs the Couples Lab, where she and her students investigate couple and family relationships as key contexts for health and well-being across the lifespan. Recent and on-going studies investigate the predictors and consequences of day-to-day risky experiences (focusing on substance use and relationship conflict) among couples in dating relationships and midlife marriages. Read more about research in the lab here.