The Stroop Effect experimental simulation is one component of the Internet Psych Lab (IPL). This site also includes supportive text explaining the Stoop Effect and allows users to print out their own data when they complete the experiment.
Type of Material:
This site requires that students download and install the IPL plugin.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To deepen classroom learning by providing an interactive context for learning about the Stroop Effect through participation in an experimental simulation.
Type of Leaning Process: (Non-exhaustive list of descriptive examples of types of learning processes: The processes engaged by fully using the site (1) require students to discover knowledge on their own, (2) teach students to be active learners through interactive simulation, (3) explicitly engage students in critical thinking activities, (4) require students to generalize knowledge to other contexts; (5) explicitly teach students useful cognitive strategies and thinking skills, (6) engage receptive learning through well-written text, (7) engage receptive learning through dynamic animations, (8) engage receptive learning through multimedia presentations): The Stroop Effect Experimental Simulation is a very strong new media interactive program for learning about the Stroop Effect. It includes old media (text and pictures) as support for the new media interactivity.
Target Student Population:
The Stroop Effect experimental simulation is aimed at college students studying experimental psychology and who have lecture and textbook support as a context for understanding the phenomena.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
It would be very useful to have concurrent, ongoing learning in a course or through a book about perception and cognition.
The quality of this site's learning process is truly excellent in that it engages students in active learning, including data collection. The content materials supporting the interactive learning processes, are concise, current, and accurate. They are not complete in the sense that a person who knows little of experimental psychology would fully understand the phenomena (e.g., the Tri-tone Paradox) discussed. But the content materials are illuminating and sufficient in the context of a supportive college course.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The Stroop Effect is a fundamental research phenomenon; an experimental simulation of this effect is easily integrated into a research based psychology course, particularly in the area of cognition and perception.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is well presented and organized. Overall, it is very easy to use.
Some students and instructors who do not know a plugin is nor how to download one, may find real barriers and frustrations in using the site. We recommend that an instructor prepare tutorials for students on how to download the IPL plugin.
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