On Wednesday 4 October, the first NS StationsLab will open its doors at Amsterdam Centraal. In a pop-up laboratory, Psychobiology and Medical students will be performing a 5-day study of travellers' waiting experience and ways to make it more pleasant.
Lab among travellers
Of course, NS knows a great deal about waiting experience. A lot of research has been done regarding the effect of music, colour and bustle on people's experience. Most of the experiments have only been done a laboratory setting. With the NS StationsLab, the lab will be coming to the traveller. While travellers are waiting for their trains, their experience in the station's natural environment will be measured. NS wants to use the StationsLab to share and broaden its knowledge about waiting.
The science of waiting
Under the guidance of psychobiologist Dr. Tonny Mulder, a team of students from the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit will conduct research into the psychological and physiological processes among passengers. The students will use experiments to determine what happens to your brain and heart while you are waiting. For example, they will look at whether you react differently in the morning than in the afternoon.
Partner of 'Weekend van de Wetenschap'
On Wednesday 4 October, the NS StationsLab will be opened by Professor Erik Scherder. He is one of the ambassadors of the project partner Weekend van de Wetenschap (Science Weekend). During the 1st weekend of October, Weekend van de Wetenschap will bring visitors behind the scenes at businesses, institutes, universities, institutions and museums. At more than 250 locations in the Netherlands, organisations will be opening their doors to the public. The Centraal Station, with the NS StationsLab, is one of these locations.
Visitors are more than welcome to come to the IJ-hal at Amsterdam Centraal station to have a look at the NS StationsLab and to participate in the experiments and tests. The lab is open from 4 to 8 October between 10.00 and 19.00. The StationsLab is located next to Lil' Amsterdam in the IJ-hal at Amsterdam Centraal station.