SSEL Laboratory General Policies For Researchers

The SSEL lab, lab equipment, and subject pool are available for use on request by NYU and NYUAD Faculty, students, and visiting faculty. If you would like to use the SSEL laboratory and you are a faculty member, please read the information below and on the page "Information for Faculty" and fill out the Experimental Request Form for Faculty. If you are a student, please read the information below and on the page "Information for Students" and fill out the the Experimental Request Form for Students.

For a comprehensive summary of SSEL rules and procedures, please click here.

SSEL Protocol

Experiments conducted at the SSEL Lab, using SSEL laptops off-campus, or using the SSEL subject pool for other experiments must satisfy the following protocol:

  • Subjects take one or more decisions. If more than one decision is taken, the exact number of decisions is known, or if it is not known, the rule that determines when they will stop is known.

  • Subjects are told if they are taking a decision on their own, or if the outcome also depends on what others choose. If it also depends on what others choose, the way in which they are grouped together is explained to them.

  • What they know and what others know is told to everyone. That is, if there is something each subject is told in private, all subjects know that others have such private information.

  • If subjects are asked to take decisions in a practice run, or dry run, those decisions do not affect their final payoffs.

  • The way by which payoffs are determined is explained to the subjects. The payoffs of one subject are not shown to other subjects (unless all subjects are paid the same amount).

Human Subjects Certification

All experimenters who use the SSEL Lab, SSEL laptops off-campus, or subjects recruited through SSEL must complete certification by the CITI program, see Please complete the tutorial for the course for social and behavioral sciences. Once certified, please print a pdf version of the certification and email it to Arusyak Hakhnazaryan, SSEL Lab Technical and Operational Manager at arusyak.hakhnazaryan (AT) and ask to be added as a PI for SSEL. If your experiment satisfies the SSEL protocol, then the SSEL human subjects approval will apply to the experiment and there is no need for securing additional human subjects approval.