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Oslo SPeLL

Oslo Special Education and Learning Lab

Oslo SPeLL provides researchers and students from different scientific disciplines with the newest available research-based assessment tools, research equipment and clinical facilities. The aim is to educate knowledgeable and competent practitioners, who are keeping up with the latest development in research and who are considerate towards the heterogeneity of individuals with special needs, and to support researchers. The lab supports all technical aspects of setting up, supporting, maintaining and troubleshooting software, procedures, and equipment for the users. In addition we provide training and advice on experimental set-ups. 

New! Participate in research on special education!

Our department needs volunteers to participate in important and fun special education research! You can now register your interest via our volunteer registry!

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Illustrasjonsfoto: Shane Colvin / UiO

Smittevernvergler/Infection control rules

N.B. To prevent infection of Covid-19 it´s important that everyone who borrows equipment, for use at home or at kindergartens and schools, follow our infection control rules:

Infection control rules for use of materials

  • Stay home if you feel unwell
  • Disinfect your hands BEFORE using the material
  • Disinfect ALL equipment after use
    Bags, materials, etc. shall be disinfected after use (not paper)
  • Disinfect your hands AFTER using the materials
  • Disinfect the materials when you hand in the materials
    We have disinfectant you can use

Infection control rules for use of equipment in our lab rooms

  • Stay home if you feel unwell
  • Maximum two people in the room
    Due to small rooms, only two people are allowed in the room at the same time (test leader and participant)
  • Disinfect your hands BEFORE opening the door
  • Keep distance! There should be at least 1 metre distance between you
    If this is not possible, wear a face mask (ask us for a mask)
  • Disinfect ALL equipment after use
    Remember to also disinfect the equipment to be used by the participant prior to testing, such as headset, microphone, keyboard etc. Use the disinfectant for equipment
  • Disinfect ALL surfaces
    All surfaces shall be disinfected after use (tables, chairs, door handles, etc.) Use the disinfectant for surfaces

Infection control rules for use of materials in kindergartens and schools

  • Disinfect your hands BEFORE using the materials
  • Disinfect ALL equipment after use
    Bags, materials, etc. shall be disinfected after use (not paper)
  • Disinfect ALL surfaces
    All surfaces shall be disinfected after use (tables, chairs etc.)

About us

  • We support research and teaching activities at the Department of Special Needs Education, and the Faculty of Education and other collaborators.
  • We maintain the department's scientific instruments and lab facilities.
  • We support projects with equipment, training, technical support, and access to volunteer research participants.
  • We support projects through app development and test standardization.
  • We provide educational support through workshops and training in instrument use for students and researchers.
  • We aim to provide students with hands-on experience with assessment, intervention, and counseling under supervision.

Book lab-rooms

Reservation of rooms is done via Lab Agenda. Register or login.

The lab has 4 multipurpose rooms and 2 acoustically treated rooms for audiometry, sound recording, and EEG measurement.

NB! The rooms have to be unlocked by the lab's employees. Alternatively, you may apply for electronic access on your employee/student card. Send an email to the lab with information about why, where, when (week-ends? evenings?), and how long (months? years?) you need card access.

Book scientific instruments

Reservation is done via Lab Agenda. Register or login.

  • Eye Tracker:

    • The lab has an EyeLink 1000 Plus, which has market-leading precision and accuracy. It can be used stationary in the lab or transported for field studies.
    • We also have an EyeLink Portable Duo. This is also very precise and accurate but is specially designed for being portable/transported. It can also be used stationary in the lab.
  • EEG
    • The lab has two 32-channel actiCHamp Plus EEG amplifiers from Brain Products. These can be combined to a single 64-channel amplifier. The equipment can be used at our lab facilities, or used as portable units for use in the field. Read more here
  • Biophysical sensors

    • Biophysical sensors require an EEG amplifier to be used. Usage therefore requires the reservation of an amplifier.
    • Temperature sensor for detection of skin temperature change
    • Galvanic skin response (sweat response detection)
    • Blood heart rate sensor (heart rate)
    • 3D acceleration sensor (motion detection)
    • Respiratory belt set (breathing frequency)

Borrow tests, books, and technical equipment

We have a large selection of tests, assessment tools, and observation materials covering many areas (see below). We also have a lot of technical equipment and books. Email us at, or visit our administration office (room 331) for borrowing.

Assessment tools

Intervention programs

Technical equipment

  • Camera
    • Fujifilm Instax mini 70 (Instant Camera)
  • Headphones
    • Koss
    • ATA
    • Deltaco with microphone
    • Blaster Blaze with microphone
    • Sennheiser HD 4.20s with microphone
    • Plantronics Blackwire C3225 USB-C with microphone
  • Lapel microphone
    • Røde Smartlav+
  • Laptop
    • DELL Latitude
    • HP Elitebook
  • Lena products
    • DPL
    • Vests
    • Pockets
  • Portable audiometers
  • Voice recorders
    • Olympus Voice Recorder  WS-853
    • Olympus Voice Recorder DS-9500
    • Olympus AS-9000 Transcription Kit
    • Olympus ME-12 Noise reducing microphone for dictaphone
    • Olympus E-102 Headphones for dictaphone
  • Stopwatches
  • Tablets/iPads
    • Android Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
    • iPad Air 2
    • iPad 6
  • Tablet/iPad holders
  • Webkam



Cohen, R.J., Swerdlik, M.E., & Philips, S.M. (1996). Psychological Testing and Assessment. An Introduction to Tests and Measurement. Mayfield Publishing Company

Kaufman, A.S. (1990). Assesseng Adolescent and Adult Intelligence. Allyn and Bacon

Kaufman, A.S. (1994). Intelligent Testing with WISC-III. John Wiley & Sons Inc

Sattler, J.M. (2018). Assessment of Children. Cognitive Foundations and Applications. Sixth edition. Jerome M. Sattler Publisher Inc

Sattler, J.M. (1992). Assessment of Children. Revised and Updated Third Edition. Jerome M. Sattler Publisher Inc

Sattler, J.M. (1992). Assessment of Children. WISC-III and WPPSI-R Supplement. Jerome M. Sattler Publisher Inc


Johannessen, E., Kokkersvold, E., & Vedeler, L. (2001). Rådgivning. Tradisjoner, teoretiske perspektiver og praksis. 2. utgave. Gyldendal Norsk Forlag

Research methods

Befring, E. (2007). Forskningsmetode med etikk og statistikk. Det Norske Samlaget Oslo

Brown, T.A. (2015). Confirmatory factor analysis for applied research. The Guilford Press

Cozby, P.C. (1997). Methods in behavioral research. Mayfield Publishing Company

Creswell, J.W. (2009). Research design. Qualitative, Quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Sage Publications Inc.

Creswell, J.W. (1998). Qualitative inquiry and research design. Choosing among five traditions. Sage Publications, Inc.

Kline, P. (1994). An easy guide to factor analysis. Routledge

Lund, T., Kleven, T.A., Kvernbekk, T., & Christophersen, K.-A. (2002). Innføring i forskningsmetodologi. Unipub forlag og forfatteren


Christophersen, K.A. (2009). Databehandling og statistisk analyse med SPSS. 4. utgave. Unipub forlag og forfatteren

Lund, T., & Christophersen, K.-A. (1999). Innføring i statistikk. Universitetsforlaget Oslo

Norris, G., Qureshi, F., Howitt, D., & Cramer, D. (2012). Introduction to statistics with SPSS for social science. Pearson Education Limited

Robinson Kurpius, S.E., & Stafford, M.E. (2006). Testing and measurement. Sage Publications, Inc.


Guitar, B. (2006). Stuttering. An Integrated Approach to Its Nature and Treatment. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Lab activities

  • 27th January 2020: Oslo SPeLL held a seminar on eye-tracking, with Anders Lunde and Laoura Ziaka. Slides can be downloaded here.
  • 8th January 2020: Oslo SPeLL participated in UiO Research Bazaar 2020 to demonstrate automatic video analysis for recognition of emotional expressions in human faces. Read more here.






Published May 15, 2017 10:32 AM - Last modified Nov. 16, 2020 12:38 PM