Office for Research and Development
HUME lab: A unique workplace with high-technology equipment
The HUME lab is a unique humanities research centre in the Czech Republic. It has high-tech equipment for experimental research, including a motion capture system and devices for measuring heart rates, brain waves (ECG, EEG),and changes in hormone levels. This technology enables research teams to implement methodologically unique research projects that enhance understanding of human cognitive processes and interpersonal interactions. The technology also addresses the central problems associated with the exploration of individual and social thought.
The HUME lab’s high-tech facilities provide equipment for experimental research into a wide range of aspects of human nature and communication, such as empathy and solidarity, group hierarchies and dynamics, communication in education, emotional experience, empathy and trust, group cooperation, and religious behaviour and thought. The lab enables the considerable enrichment of the knowledge of various disciplines grouped under the heading of humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, archaeology, economics, educational sciences, history, linguistics, psychology, and religious studies. It reflects a new general trend in world science that lies in the integration of the humanities and experimental approaches. This integration should enrich the existing research into the social sciences and humanities through experimental approaches. By highlighting innovative approaches and strengthening opportunities for cooperation among different disciplines, the HUME lab supports interdisciplinary research that addresses cross-cutting issues.
The methods used to achieve the objectives include:
In order to carry out its activities, the HUME lab infrastructure has the latest research technology to enable presenting research incentives, measuring physiological functions, and monitoring social interactions: