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Academic studies. Career exploration. Community involvement.

We aim to enrich undergraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences through fostering unique approaches to learning within the classroom and more actively engaging students in the community, as well as promoting strong relationships between academic studies, career exploration and community involvement.

Laboratory

Laboratory

The Lab Facilities

FAQ & Resources

FAQ & Resources

Frequently Asked Questions and Links to McDSL Resources

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

A comprehensive listing of research activity in McDSL

Register

Register

The registration and scheduling website for McDSL experiments (our ORSEE registration page).

Welcome to McDSL

McDSL, the McMaster Decision Science Laboratory, is a brand new research facility at McMaster University that specializes in empirical research into human decision making.  McDSL is comprised of several flexible multi-purpose spaces equipped with state-of-the-art technology that allow for work in both quantitative and qualitative exploration.  Our facilities include an advanced Experimental Computer Suite with 22 networked computers suitable for controlled work in decision making; a large Focus Group Room equipped with HD video recording suitable for qualitative observation, along with an adjacent viewing room, and; two small private Interview Rooms with HD recording suitable for intimate interviews.  McDSL is also equipped with HTC Vive VR headsets and super-fast custom built computers designed to run virtual reality experiments.  

McDSL is at the vanguard of new technologically advanced work into human decision making and represents the direct evolution of laboratory controlled experimental and observational methodologies pioneered by us over the past 25 years in the McMaster Experimental Economics Laboratory, one of the world's first experimental economics laboratories established in 1994.  McDSL supports university and private industry researchers interested in using laboratory-based, computerized experimental and high-tech observational methods to explore decision-making. 

(By the way ... we are in the process now of updating our website so some links may not work properly for a little bit.   Thank you for your patience and understanding.)