Lab UK is an exciting new website from the BBC where you can take part in groundbreaking science experiments - and maybe discover something you never knew about yourself at the same time!
BBC Lab UK launched in September 2009 with the Brain Test Britain experiment, which aimed to answer the question: does brain training actually work? Many thousands of members of the public took part, making it the largest ever study of computer-based brain training, and the results were published in the respected journal Nature.
Since then, BBC Lab UK has launched four further major experiments – The Big Personality Test, The Web Behaviour Test, The 'How musical are you?' Test and, most recently, The Great British Class Survey. All of them have received a huge public response - so much so that we are fast approaching our one millionth participant! We plan to launch many more Lab UK experiments in the future.
Each BBC Lab UK experiment is designed in collaboration with leading scientists and high profile television and radio programmes, such as Bang Goes the Theory, Child of Our Time, The Virtual Revolution and Radio 3's 12 Days of Mozart.
But the key ingredient in every BBC Lab UK experiment is you. Without your participation, we can’t answer the big scientific questions our experiments are designed to answer.
In return for your help, we hope to tell you something new and interesting about yourself, whether it’s Professor Robert Winston explaining your unique personality fingerprint, discovering your five dimensions of musicality or revealing how you score for the three factors that affect your life chances.
Since 2001, hundreds of thousands of people have participated in online experiments from the BBC. Lab UK builds on this legacy and brings BBC experiments together in one place.
Scientists often have to rely on relatively small groups of participants to conduct experiments and answer research questions. But generally speaking, the bigger the number of participants, the more accurate and compelling the conclusions the scientists can make.
BBC Lab UK opens science up to hundreds of thousands of participants, enabling you to help us create new knowledge and answer big scientific questions.
We want you to have complete confidence in BBC Lab UK, which is why every experiment conforms to the Lab UK guarantee:
We aim to publish the results of all BBC Lab UK experiments in peer reviewed journals. Find out more about the process scientists use to ensure research is robust.
What to do if you have an idea for a BBC Lab UK experiment.
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