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Picard Center Bio-Behavioral Lab

The Picard Center houses a state-of-the-art Noldus lab, named the Picard Center Bio-Behavioral Lab. Noldus Information Technology develops and delivers innovative software and hardware solutions and services for the measurement and analysis of behavior. Using the Bio-Behavioral Lab, researchers are able to advance their research, training, and education. This lab features three microphones, ten cameras, and powerful software for the collection, analysis, and presentation of observational data. Specifically, the software, Observer XT, in conjunction with the Noldus equipment, allows for accurate and quantitative behavior coding; for video, audio, and eye tracking; for the calculation of physio- and biometrics; and for reliable statistical analysis. The Noldus lab is used for research in Psychology, Education, User-Experience (usability testing, gaming, simulation, and virtual reality), Healthcare, Human Factors (human-robot interaction, ergonomics), Consumer Behavior, etc. The Bio-Behavioral Lab at the Picard Center is the only one of its kind in Louisiana, and the Center encourages research collaborations with those who are interested in using it for their research.

Researchers interested in using the lab should contact York Forsyth at