The Department of Communication Studies maintains three interaction labs and a main lab. Each of the interaction labs is equipped with audio/video recording equipment, one-sided mirrors, and control rooms for non-obtrusive observation of groups or dyads. Currently, one of the interaction labs is configured as a living room for family research, the second is configured for focus-groups and small group research, and the third is set up for traditional mass survey research.
The main lab is equipped with several high speed PCs for data processing, data storage, and high-speed internet research. In addition, there are suites for multi-media production.
Independent of the research facilities, the department maintains a graduate student computer lab equipped with up-to-date PC and Macintosh computers, scanners, and color-printers. The lab also houses a Macintosh computer system that is devoted to videotape analysis.
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