Introduction to experimental methods in the humanities

6 October 2023 13:00 to 17:00

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to learn more about a wide variety of experimental research methods in the Humanities, given by Lund University Humanities Lab! Through demos, show cases, and hands-on sessions this workshop will give you an introduction to Motion capture and 3D, eye tracking, language technology tools, and high-tech audio/video equipment, to name a few.

The workshop is arranged in collaboration with the national research infrastructure Huminfra (

The event is free to attend for anyone engaged in research. The number of participants to each session is limited, make sure to reserve your spot before Sept 29!

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All sessions will take place in or near the Humanities Lab. Lab staff will guide you to the different locations!

Coffe/tea and snacks will be avaliable during the workshop between all sessions.

Lab@SOL: H140, Digital Classroom, B054, B066, Studio 2
Lab @LUX: Mocap studio, LARM-studio


Eye tracking

Eye trackers are tools that estimate where someone looks and how the eyes move. We will talk about how eye trackers are used in research and also let you play with them!

Introduction to the analysis of multimodal behaviour with ELAN

ELAN is an annotation tool that allows you to transcribe, annotate and visualize audio and video material for the analysis ofmultimodal behaviour (e.g., speech, sign language, gestures).  In this tutorial, you will learn some basic functions of Elan, and you will practice with a guided exercise how to make annotations to analyze the alignment between speech and gesture.

Language technology

In this session we will demonstrate various tools for speech and language processing. Special focus will be on our in-house tool, ScriptLog, a keystroke logging program which we use to study the writing process.

Motion capture in 3D

The Mocap Studio is set up for action to demonstrate easy and challenging workflows carried out to obtain millimetre accurate three dimensional motion data using a mocap system with high speed cameras and optical markers (Qualisys). The session will be a mix of introductions to the methodology, show cases from research projects and hands-on sessions with recordings of markers attached to fingers, hands, body or objects.

Bio Pac

BioPac is a system that measures electrophysiological responses. At present, it consists of modules for galvanic skin response (GSR), heart beat frequency (ECG), respiratory movement, and airflow. The system is used to measure participants' reactions to external stimuli, such as video, images, sounds, and for the study of respiration in the production of speech and song.

Experience Sampling Method

The Experience Sampling Method (ESM) is an approach to collecting data on human experiences, emotions, thoughts, and behaviours in their natural context. Smartphones can be used to prompt research participants to complete questionnaires at random moments throughout their daily lives. The ESM can be used in longitudinal and comparative studies, helping researchers in the Humanities to capture lived experiences and explore situated meaning-making processes in real time.


How audio and video can be used in research. The LARM-studio is a high tech studio for creativity and research.



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