behavioural research lab


XLAB – Behavioural Research Lab is a laboratory for exploring decision-making and economic, political, and social behaviour. It is located at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG), ULisboa and it is supported by the research consortium PASSDA.

Our goal is to collect data and support research in social sciences, creating knowledge for the development of public policies that can shape the lives of citizens and businesses. We perform focus groups, laboratory experiments, and surveys.

Along the way we bring together researchers, students, and the wider community. We provide students with an opportunity to enrich their academic experience and to inform their career paths. And we offer all participants an opportunity actively contribute to the process of knowledge creation.

Resources: We have two lab rooms located on the second floor of the building Francesinhas 2 at ISEG. Lab 1 features 20 workstations equipped with the most widely-used software for developing and conducting experiments. Lab 2 has eye tracking technology, a BIOPAC system for psycho-physiological measurements, a one-way observation mirror, and space for meetings and focus groups.


Joana Pais

Joana Pais

Joana Pais (PhD in Economics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2005) is an Associate Professor at Lisbon School of Economics & Management (ISEG) – ULisboa, the coordinator of the M.Sc. in Economics, and currently a member of the Board of the research centres UECE – Research Unit on Complexity and Economics and REM – Research in Economics and Mathematics. Her research interests include areas such as behavioural and experimental economics, game theory, matching theory, and market design. She has published on these topics in journals like Economic Theory, Experimental Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, and International Economic Review.

Rui Costa Lopes

Rui Costa Lopes

Rui Costa Lopes (PhD in Social Psychology, ISCTE, 2009) is a Research Fellow at ICS – ULisboa, and a visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Human Sciences – Catholic University of Portugal. In his research he uses both extensive correlational studies (i.e. European Social Survey) and experimental studies. His research interests are fundamentally related to intergroup relations, prejudice, discrimination and decision making. His work has been published in journals such as the European Journal of Social Psychology and Frontiers in Psychology.

Sandra Maximiano

Sandra Maximiano

Sandra Maximiano (PhD in Economics, University of Amsterdam, 2007) is an Associate Professor of Economics at ISEG, ULisboa. Before joining ISEG, she was an Assistant Professor at Purdue University and a Research fellow at University of Chicago. Her research crosscuts different fields: behavioural and experimental economics, labour and organizational economics, public policy, and information management. Sandra focuses on exploring questions related to social and moral preferences, gender differences in economic decisions, and the interplay of information in competitive and cooperative environments. She primarily uses laboratory and field experiments to learn about human economic behaviour and collect data. Her work has been published in journals such as Review of Economic Studies, Economic Journal, Experimental Economics and Games and Economic Behavior. Since 2015 Sandra is the author of a weekly column – &conomia à 6ª – in the Portuguese newspaper Expresso.

Inês Dias

Inês Dias

Inês Dias (Master in Social Psychology, Instituto Superior Psicologia Aplicada (ISPA), Instituto Universitário, 2008) is XLAB’s manager. Her research interests focus on emotions and the impact that affective states have on people’s judgments and decisions. Currently, Inês is finishing her PhD in Social Psychology, also at ISPA.


New experiment at XLAB!

Join XLAB on another experiment! If you are a portuguese university student – we need your participation. This time the study is about people social perception and comes from ICS. You only have to be yourself, invest 15ms of your free time and earn a 5€ Dá Card. Check here for free places and enroll […]

October 11, 2019

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XLAB is searching for participants. Register here, and take your place at our research.

September 6, 2019

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World Investor Week 2019 at XLAB!

XLAB and CMVM organized and ran 2 work groups aiming at discover more about ZGeneration, namely its concerns about investment and savings. We counted on the participation of some ISEG students. More information here.

October 4, 2019

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Rua das Francesinhas

Edifício Francesinhas 2, piso 2, salas 206 e 208

1200-781 Lisboa, Portugal

T 213 922 805

E passda.xlab@gmail.com / xlab@iseg.ulisboa.pt