Synapse Lab Seminar

We are happy to announce the Synapse Lab Seminar for UiS researchers interested in randomized controlled trials.

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Practical info

Unless otherwise marked, the seminars take place every second Friday from 12:30-13:30 in EOJ 276/277, UiS.

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Confirmed dates and speakers 2023

20.04.2023: Susanna Loeb, Brown University. Topic: Scaling promising practices – The case of high-impact tutoring in response to the pandemic. NB: This seminar takes place on Thursday. More information. 12.05.2023: Joe Vecci, University of Gothenburg. Topic: TBA 26.05.2023: Matthias Heinz, University of Cologne. Topic: TBA 05.06-06.06.2023: Workshop. 12th edition of the Field Days - Experiments outside the laboratory. See more info. 15.08.2023: Julie Pernaudet, University of Chicago. Topic: TBA

All seminars will be in person at UiS; room EOJ 276/277.

Dates, speakers and topics may be subject to change.

Previous Synapse Lab seminars

View our list of previous speakers:


21.10.2021*: Anya Samek, University of California, San Diego
29.10.2021: Lenka Fiala, Nova School of Business and Economics

11.11.2021*: Celene E. Domitrovich, Georgetown University
Promoting systemic social and emotional learning with a schoolwide support system: The CASEL school guide.
19.11.2021: Christina Rott. Vrije Universiteit
25.11.2021*: Eric Bettinger, Stanford University
26.11.2021: Robert Dur, University of Rotterdam
10.12.2021: Ludger Wössmann, LMU Munich
15.01.2021: Sule Alan, European University Institute, Florence
Social Exclusion and Ethnic Segregation in Schools: The Role of Teacher's Ethnic Prejudice
29.01.2021: Simon Andersen, Aarhus UniversityTopic: Implementing Educational Interventions at Scale
12.02.2021: Fabian Kosse, LMU Munich
Prosociality and Competition
26.02.2021: Geir Kåre Resaland, Høgskulen på Vestlandet
School-based RCTs in Norway
12.03.2021: Neil Humphrey, University of Manchester
Education on trial: A critical appraisal of the use of RCTs in school-based research.
26.03.2021: Mira Fischer, WZB Berlin
Investigating the Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Academic Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial
08.04.2021: Ariel Kalil, University of Chicago
23.04.2021: John Antonakis, HEC Lausanne
"Just Words? Just Speeches?” On the Economic Value of Charismatic Leadership
07.05.2021: Matthew Kraft, Brown University
20.05.2021: David Yeager, The University of Texas at Austin
Taking heterogeneity in behavioral interventions seriously: Early evidence from the Texas Mindset Initiative.

25.03.2022 10.00-11:00: Eric Bettinger, Stanford University
22.04.2022 12.30-13.30: Ludger Wößmann, LMU Munich
17.06.2022: 12.30-13.30: Eirin Mølland, Universitetet i Agder
20.09.2022: Torill Bogsnes Larsen, University of Bergen. Topic: Doing collaborative health promotion research in a complex setting: Lessons learned from the COMPLETE project in Norway.
04.11.2022: Dorthe Bleses, Aarhus University.
Topic: From impact studies to sustainability educational practices: Implementation of evidence based interventions of scale.
21.11.2022: Hammad Shaikh, UiS Business School.
Topic: The impact of information disclosure on student course selection.
02.12.2022: Marianne Simonsen, Aarhus University.
Topic: Welfare reform: Consequences for the children.
16.12.2022: Guiseppe Sorrenti, University of Amsterdam
Topic: The causal impact of socio-emotional skills training on educational success.
31.03.2023: Analia Schlosser, Tel Aviv University.

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.

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