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Synapse Lab

A cross-disciplinarian laboratory for research on learning and motivation.

Our research

The Agder Project

Leveling the playing field


Shaping students' learning expectations

Playful Learning

A more intentional preschool practice

On Track

Preventing reading and writing difficulties

School in motion

Effects of physical activity


Well-being, motivation and achievement

Two Teachers

The effects of more teachers in class

Synapse Lab

Synapse Lab develops and investigates interventions for promoting motivation and learning in education and work life.

Our researchers are motivated by the need for evidence based policy making and organizational change. We work in close collaboration with educators, businesses and organizations.

We utilize rigorous experimental methodology combined with registry data, and connect researchers from different disciplines. As a result, we create mutually beneficial collaborations between researchers and educators, businesses and organizations.

Read more about who we are and what we do.

Our research contributes to evidence based policymaking and organizational change.

News from Synapse Lab

Our people

Mari Rege

Lab director

Oddny J. Solheim

Lab director

Elisabeth Rongved

Communications advisor

Edvin Bru

Principal investigator

Sindre M. Dyrstad

Principal investigator

Sigrun K. Ertesvåg

Principal investigator

Venke Furre Haaland

Principal investigator

Eva Leibinger

Principal investigator

Kjersti Lundetræ

Principal investigator

Ingeborg Foldøy Solli

Principal investigator

Ingunn Størksen

Principal investigator

Randi Wågø Aas

Principal investigator


PhD Course

PhD students have the opportunity to attend the PhD course Randomized controlled trials in the social sciences (PhD 416). The course focuses on the methodology of randomization in social science research. It is led by Professor Eric Bettinger from Stanford University, who is one of the world's foremost experts on RCTs.

Read more and sign up.

RCT resource page

On our resource page on RCTs in education you can find conference presentations, working papers, literature and videos related to research and methodology. The website is open for submissions.

Contact us

For questions or inquiries, please contact:

Professor Mari Rege (e-mail)

Professor Oddny Judith Solheim (e-mail)

Synapse Lab