Research centers and laboratories

Traditional Culture of the European North Research Center

Laboratory of Folklore was established in 1995 and unites folklore archives of philological faculties of Pomor University and Humanities Institute in Severodvinsk. The archives of the Laboratory has become Arkhangelsk region’s fundamental folklore archives. In 2006 the Laboratory of Folklore changed was renamed into Traditional Culture of the European North Research Center .

The Center’s employees are focusing on the following research topics: “Folklore of the European North: a system of local variants”, “Study of Norwegian and North Russian folklore cultures to enhance cross-cultural communication in north European region”, “Local text of modern city”.

The employees of the Center have arranged more than 30 folklore and anthropological expeditions to different municipalities in Arkhangelsk region.

An e-archive has been created in 1999. During the period from 1996 to 2010, the Center initiated 9 international, republican and regional conferences and schools. Since 2009 it serves the basis for a master program “Folklore Studies and Mythology”. In 2006, post-graduate training program was launched in “Folklore Studies”. The Center publishes conference proceedings, monographs, folklore texts and teaching materials and produces CD publications.

Comparative Regional Studies and Ethnosemiotics Center

The Center was established in 1993 for implementation of international R&D and educational programs and projects in the Barents region within comparative religional studies, cultural anthropology and cultural semiotics of the Northern European peoples. The Center’s fundamental research program focuses on the development of conceptual foundations of “geosophy” as one of the most promising trends in the national philosophical and humanitarian thinking, which studies a system of interrelations between religion, ethnos, culture and nature in the paradigm of traditionalism.

From 1990 to the early 2000s, the Center’s research team governed and supported by different Russian and foreign institutions and funds, implemented nearly 30 research and infrastructural projects. The outcomes of the projects made it possible to write and defend master’s and doctorate theses, develop new training courses and programs, launch a post-graduate training program and a master course, publish monographs, schoolbooks, teaching materials and articles in the leading scientific magazines. This research Center is core element in the network of centers for study and development of ethno cultural landscapes of the European North founded under the aegis of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.

The Center’s R &D activity is governed and supported by federal dedicated program “Scientific and pedagogical personnel of innovative Russia” (project “Geo-ethnocultural and geo-ethnophilosophical images and symbols in development of the Arctic regions”); grant from the Norwegian Barents Secretariat; project “Supporting the network of centers for study and development of ethnocultural landscapes of the European North”; grants from Russian Humanities Research Foundation and Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research. The Center’s R&D results are the topic for discussions at the annual Pomor Readings in semiotics of culture, which are held in the most prominent cultural and natural landscape centers of the Pomor Land.

The Center has laid the basis for religious studies and cultural education in the North. It is a part of the international network of religious studies centers of the Barents region.

Furniture and Forest Products Testing Center

Established in 1999 on the basis of Department of Structural Engineering and Materials Resistance, the Center is accredited for technical competency by Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology to ensure (Certificate № РОСС RU.0001.21ДМ79 dated 17.10.2011).

The main task of the Center is to ensure high quality of testing of furniture and timber products in accordance with the scope of accreditation. The Center employs qualified experts who are doing their job on a high scientific and technical level.

The Center’s scope of activity covers

  • сertification, acceptance, qualification, periodical and standard testing of furniture for safety and reliability;
  • certification tests of timber products;
  • improvement of methods and means of furniture and timber products testing and measurements;
  • collection, consolidation and systematization of information about present-day theoretical and practical aspects of testing furniture and timber products;
  • expert examination of quality of furniture and timber products, consultancy, arrangement of seminars and workshops on furniture-making technologies.

Tested products:

  • cabinet-type household furniture for public premises, educational institutions, shops; tables; chairs, stools, pouffes, children’s and students’ chairs; sofas, convertible sofa-beds, work chairs, arm-chairs, convertible armchair-bed; lounges, fainting couches, benches, banquettes; beds, beds for kids, bunkbeds; spring mattresses;
  • chipboards, fiberboards, plywood and veneer products;
  • round wood, sawn timber;
  • wooden articles and pieces, joinery;
  • chippings, sawdust for hydrolysis, wood chips.

Physics of Paper Laboratory

The laboratory produces and analyses laboratory samples of paper and cardboard; performs standard mechanical testing of paper and cardboard; defines such parameters as hardness, durability, deformability and crack resistance of paper and cardboard samples; calculates durability of corrugated boxes; and optimizes composition of corrugated cardboard.

Cognitive Studies Laboratory

The laboratory offers a number of hardware-based research methods for usage by laboratory personnel, as well as students, master’s and PhD students from the Institute of Natural Sciences and Biomedicine.

The Laboratory disposes of the technologically advanced instruments for remote diagnosis of hand-eye reactions based on tracking of saccadic movements – with the help of a hardware and software suite SMI RED™. The method of eye movements registration – eye-tracking – is a special focus of the neurocognitive investigations. Hence a great interest towards them from the academic community which is focusing on the new teaching and learning follow-up methods; research activities that target eye movements and identification of the line of sight while studying the visual perception; commercially-oriented marketing research and study of advertising techniques efficiency and web-usability. Among the methods actively used in the laboratory is сardiointervalography (cardiorythmography), a method of registration of heart rate variability during functional stress testing of a human being. It helps to trace reaction of the central and peripheral sections of the blood circulation system to different types of stress; to measure stress rate of the regulatory systems; and to evaluate the functional capacity and adaptation potential of blood circulation system and of entire body. Other methods widely used are electroencephalography (EEG) and hardware/software methods enabling the evaluation of different aspects of the human cognitive activity. Among them are the method of discovering concealed information using a polygraph (a lie detector) and the method of electroneuromyography enabling registration of somatically induced potentials, etc.

The Laboratory partners include R&D Establishment of Age-Specific Physiology of the Russian Academy of Education, Institute of Physiology of Natural Adaptation (RAS Ural Branch), I.M.Sechenov Institute of Evolutional Physiology and Biochemistry, Council for Artificial Intelligence of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Updated 25.12.2012