In the course of the scientific reorganisation of the CSL institute, the Department of Criminology has shifted to­wards a strongly experimental approach. A central feature of the new department involves the development of a Crime Research, Innovative Methods and Experimentation Laboratory (CRIMELab). In this lab facility, research studies and experiments will be carried out using Virtual Reality and other innovative technologies.

Virtual Reality Lab

The Department of Criminology at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law conducts research on a range of different issues. Certain research studies require the acquisition of study participants. All participants re­ceive appropriate compensation for the time spent partaking in a study. Below you will find general information and instructions on how to participate: please carefully read the information and register online if you are interested (the link is provided at the bottom of this page). We are extremely grateful to all those who offer their time to contribute to our studies and support our scientific research.

Study Participation: A Virtual Night Out at the Pub

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law is currently looking for participants (aged 18 – 30) for the virtual reality study, “A Virtual Night Out at the Pub.”

The study investigates the decision-making processes of people who are immersed in a virtual environment—in this case an Irish pub—while observing situations that commonly occur in barroom settings. The goal is to better under­stand how emotions that may arise in real world setting affect people’s interpretations and decisions of their sur­round­ings. In this study participants go into virtual reality and will see a semi-interactive 360° video in which they observe the actions of the patrons around them at the pub.

To participate in the study, you must be:

  • A German-speaking adult male between the ages of 18 and 30
  • With no history of epilepsy or any other neurological or psychiatric disorder (e.g., schizophrenia).


Participation in the study takes 30 to 45 minutes. By way of compensation, you will receive €10 (paid directly on site after participation).

If this sounds interesting to you, send us an email: .

We will then contact you with additional information.

Or call us at: +49 761 7081-777.

Participation in the study is completely anonymous. The Max Planck Institute is subject to the strictest privacy guide­lines. Your name and contact details will only be used to communicate with you. If you participate in the study, you will receive a code number that will not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your person at any time. All data we collect will only be assigned this code number. The study has been approved by the Ethics Committee of the Max Planck Socie­ty, which also includes external members.

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