The Manship School Research Facility houses the Public Policy Research Lab (PPRL) and the Media Effects Lab (MEL).
The Public Policy Research Lab is dedicated to quality public policy research through state-of-the-art survey technologies. It helps advance scholarly and practical research while playing a leadership role in state and national public policy development. The lab serves other units on campus, government agencies, non-profits, business and industry. National surveys have resulted in publication in both practical and scholarly journals. The lab's projects benefit from the multiple disciplines and intellectual assets at LSU. One of the lab’s core projects is the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs’ annual Louisiana Survey, a longitudinal study of advancements and regressions of citizen views regarding state services and contemporary issues. Learn more about the Public Policy Research Lab.
The Media Effects Lab (MEL) is a state of the art experimental research lab equipped with 16 computer stations, two eye tracking stations and a living room area for research in a more natural environment. One of the largest, most sophisticated communication impact labs of its kind within a mass communication program in the country, MEL’s features allow researchers to measure audiences' physical responses (i.e. heart rate, skin conductance, etc.) to media messages, gather information on conscious and unconscious attitudes towards messages, and track the usability of websites and social networking sites. Research is also conducted on behalf of various media-related industries. Experiments and projects can track individuals’ responses to particular media content helping content creators figure out what stimulates and resonates with audiences. Learn more about the Media Effects Lab. Follow the MEL on Twitter @LSUMediaMEL.
The Manship School Research Facility houses the Public Policy Research Lab and the Media Effects Lab.