Participation Rules and Privacy Policy:

About the information you give us

When you register with our participant database, we request a few personal details. We require first and last name, and gender. We also require a university email address. We need this information in order to identify you positively when you participate in a session, and to ensure that no one is registered more than one time in our system. (Once you are registered, you can also specify a second email address to receive communications.)

In addition, we request some optional data. You are free to provide some, all, or none of this information, although the more information you choose to provide, the more experiments you will likely be eligible for.

We only use the information you provide to our online database for the purpose of inviting you to experiments conducted by, or explicitly approved by, the Behavioural and Experimental Northeast Cluster (BENC). We do not pass your information on to any other party, unless required to by law, and it will be stored securely on Newcastle University servers.

In our participant database, we will keep records of the following information only: your registration information, which experiments you received invitations for, for which sessions you registered, and whether or not you showed up. Any further information you give in an experiment will be held separately and we will seek your consent for every experiment that you choose to attend.

Your decision to participate or not to participate in our experiments will have no effect on your academic standing, employment, or other matters with Newcastle University.

You can unsubscribe from our registration database or ask for any information provided to be removed at any time by notifying us at

Upon request we will unsubscribe you within a week. For the unhindered completion of our research we will, however, store your information for at least another year and up to two years. In addition, every summer we will review our database and delete participants who have not been active for more than a year. For this we might send you an email asking you whether you would like to remain in our database of volunteers.

If you would like to discuss the use of your personal data further, please contact the BENC lab manager at If you would like more information about how we manage personal data more generally, including your rights under law, and the contact details of the University’s Data Protection Officer, please see our website.

About participating in sessions

We hope our experiment sessions are in general fun and stimulating. We have just a few procedures we follow in order that our sessions run smoothly.

Signing up for a session represents a commitment on your part that you intend to be there. If circumstances change and you are not able to attend a session you signed up for, please notify us immediately at so that we can offer your place to another participant. Failure to show up for a session may result in its cancellation, inconveniencing your fellow participants; please be considerate!

Sessions begin promptly at the announced time. We will usually invite more people than needed just to deal with the case where people withdraw at the last minute. If you arrive on time and are not needed in the experiment, we will pay you a turn-way fee. Once a session has begun, it is not possible to join it in progress, and we will be unable to offer you a turn-away fee.

We promise to treat you in a polite, courteous, and professional manner when you come to our lab. We request that you do the same both to BENC personnel, and to other participants in your session.

No eating or drinking is permitted in our lab at any time.

The use of mobile phones or other electronic devices is not permitted while in the lab, unless you are explicitly directed that you may do so by your experimenter.


Unless otherwise specified, experiments will take place at the Newcastle University Business School (5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE). The Experimental and Behavioural Economics Lab is located on the second floor (NUBS 2.01).


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