Insights Lab at Vanderbilt

Information for Researchers

Conduct Research at the Insights Lab

Owen faculty and post-doctoral fellows are welcome to use the Insights Lab and its resources to conduct research. Lab and online studies are coordinated with our Insights team by following these steps:

  1. Complete the Insights Lab Intake Form for each new study. This short form asks about the nature of your study (online vs. lab, sample size, basic procedure, etc.).
  2. Following completion of the intake form, our team will contact you within 1-2 business days to begin implementing your study. IRB approval is required before a new study can be launched through the lab. If you need assistance with the IRB submission process, please see our IRB Guidance page.
  3. The Insights team will be responsible for launching your study on our online participant management system, scheduling lab space, recruiting participants, coordinating participant compensation, and granting credit. Additionally, the research associate can assist faculty and post-docs with other aspects of their research, such as creating surveys, programming tasks, or general consultations regarding the research process at Vanderbilt.
  4. Before running a lab study, researchers must provide the Insights lab team with their study materials. Our team will review these materials and pilot-test (if necessary) any aspects of your study.

Lab Facilities

The lab facilities can accommodate a variety of research studies. For example, individual computer stations with privacy panels enable researchers to present a variety of customized materials for participants to experience and evaluate. The three break-out rooms are conducive for studying group dynamics and simulated retail environments. One strength of this lab space is its flexibility enabling researchers to conduct a diverse set of behavioral studies.

Lab Space

  • One computer lab with 18 computer stations equipped with web cams, headphones, and experimental software (see below).

  • 3 break-out rooms

Available software

  • Qualtrics is a web survey tool available to Owen faculty and students. Faculty and post-docs may request a consultation on building surveys by completing the Insights Lab Intake Form. The lab also has access to Qualtric’s offline app and a few iPads allowing for field studies where internet access might be an issue.

  • Inquisit is a program allowing for precise recording of reaction time and includes a large library of psychological tests and tasks that you can customize.

  • Sona-Systems is an online participant management system capable of scheduling lab and online studies.

IRB Guidance

The IRB approval process begins with researchers and other personnel who work with human subjects completing the CITI ethics training.

For researchers or personnel who have not completed their CITI training before, you will complete the course labeled, Group 2. Social Behavioral Investigators and Key Personnel. For those who completed the basic course, you may have the option to take a shorter, refresher course. You must re-new your certification yearly by taking either the basic or refresher course.

Principle Investigators or post-docs can begin their protocol submissions through Vanderbilt’s IRB portal, DISCOVR-E. For tips and example protocols see IRB Guidance Sheet.