It aims to provide an innovative approach to help the professor to better appreciate and understand their role, and is intended to be a tool that promotes communication and reflection among teachers who are involved, or will be involved, in this exciting world of practical learning with simulators, both in the field of psychology training and in education.

The centre is used in various research projects, either as a physical resource , or as tool for educational innovation.


The group Mind-brain focuses on theoretical research that has a social impact. For this reason, lines of research with repercussions in the field of health have been proposed. Addictions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the impact of new technologies are the frameworks in which research is currently being carried out.

The simulation centre is used to combine group assessment using computerised and paper-based paradigms with individual clinical assessment. The conference room simulation centre allows us to do all of this simultaneously in the same environment, thus maximising efficiency.

In teaching the centre is used for students from Degree and postgraduate program. Some of the publications detailing the experience and results are:

  • Rivas, S. (2016). Scaffolding strategies for university students in the Family Guidance course. In Proceedings of EdMedia 2016--World Conference on Educational average and Technology (pp. 1266-1271). Vancouver, BC, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 25, 2021.

  • Rivas, S. (2017). Integrating Simulation Centre for Teaching in Master University Students into the Family Guidance Course. In J. Johnston (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2017 (pp. 490-495). Washington, DC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 25, 2021.

  • Rivas, S. and Beltramo, C. (2020). Uso professor del classroom de simulación en la subject university Orientación Familiar: Storytelling, Role Playing y Evaluación de la autoconfianza. XIV International congress of Education and Innovation (CIEI), Portugal. 9-11/12/2020. Ed. Dykinson. In press.

  • Rivas, S. and Beltramo, C. (2021). Good practices in the use of the simulation centre in family counselling as a university subject . Communication accepted for the congress National Pedagogy. July. Santiago de Compostela.

The Simulation Centre has optimal technical conditions to be used as a linguistic laboratory , i.e. as a space for recording real conversational interactions between two or more participants. These recordings help to build what are known as multimodal corpora, of great value for current linguistic research.

The recordings conducted at the Simulation Centre are generating data of direct use in the following research projects. 

  • MultiNeg (Institute for Culture and Society), on expression of disagreement in spontaneous interactions.

  • InMedio (Institute for Culture and Society), on mediation in diverse interactive contexts.

  • PRESEEA-Pamplona (FyL, ICS and EyP), a sociolinguistic study of the Spanish of Pamplona.