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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Psychology Experiments on the Internet

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Sep 23, 2004 by Psychology
Overview: "Psychology Experiments on the Internet" is an online cognitive and social
science laboratory. It contains numerous interactive experiments and related
data for individuals who want to use the site and/or to develop their own
experiments on the site. The over 20 experiments address topics relevent to the
areas of of sensation and perception, cognition, and social psychology. Users
have the option of doing a demonstration version of the experiments, completing
an experiment for a class with the instructor having access to the data, and
participating in the experiments to contribute data to the archive.

Learning Goals: The goal of this site is to provide a web-based laboratory experience for
psychology students and a source of data for students in experimental psychology
courses. The site allows the student to participate in classic psychological
studies. In addition, data can be downloaded by the instructor for students to
use to conduct data analyses.
Target Student Population: The site is designed for use by college level psychology students and
instructors.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some exposure to introductory psychology would be appropriate.
Type of Material: Text and graphics are used on this web site.
Recommended Uses: This site is ideally suited for psychology instructors and students who wish to
participate in both laboratory and research experiments in psychology, collect
and analyze data, and report findings. It serves to illustrate basic concepts
inpsychology and can be used in conjunction with specific content courses (e.g.,
cognitive psychology) or could be used in a research methods course to teach
ethics, design, data analyses, and scientific report writing.

Technical Requirements: Macromedia's Web Player for Authorware plugin is needed. A test page determines
the need for the download.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site has excellent content. It is loaded with "simple replications of
classic studies in experimental psychology," and it includes excellent support
for instructors and for those who wish to develop their own experiments. It is
easily accessed from any computer connected to the internet, no prior knowledge
is necessary, the experiments are not time consuming to complete, and
instructions are easily understood.

Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Although this site was designed for use in training students in experimental
psychology, the experiments provided could be used in conjunction with several
psychology courses and can be used with students at any level of ability and
experience. The online experiments, the links to other sites and references, and
the data collection/retrieval/analysis/reporting capabilities & related support
make "Psych Experiments" a superb teaching tool.
Concerns: Some instructor guidance may be required in the initial setup process, however
this is a mature site and has been exceptionally well designed to minimize
technical issues.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This web site is very easy to navigate. Information about the site, its content,
and instructional use is clear and easy to follow. The site developers
encourage and provide for feedback and evaluation by both students and
instructors.
Concerns: None.

Other Issues and Comments: "Psych Experiments" is a remarkable web site that serves as an excellent
instructional resource for psychology classes. I have incorporated several of
the experiments into my online Experimental Psychology course.