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Hosted and maintained by Ken McGraw, Mark Tew, and John E. Williams and the University of Mississippi
U.S. Department of Education's FIPSE program (Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education).
"Psych Experiments is an on-line cognitive and social psychology laboratory site that has been developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education' FIPSE program (Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education). It consists of a set of interactive experiments, a cumulative data archive, download utilities for both...
"Psych Experiments is an on-line cognitive and social psychology laboratory site that has been developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education' FIPSE program (Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education). It consists of a set of interactive experiments, a cumulative data archive, download utilities for both data and experiment source code, downloadable Excel macros for analyzing data from the experiments, and support materials for those who want to use and/or develop experiments at the site. If used in lieu of commercial experiment packages, this site will enable psychology departments to eliminate many of the expenses associated with providing undergraduate laboratory students the space, hardware, and software needed to conduct laboratory experiments."
I developed an experiment on PsychExps with the considerable help of Ken McGraw and his team. Technical support was superb and the experiment works properly. I have since included PsychExps as an extra credit assignment in a class and student feedback was favorable. Although the site doesn't work with all computers (see below), it is easy to use with the right equipment. I think PsychExps has a great deal of potential for enhancing teaching and learning and I recommend it highly.
PsychExps seems to work best with PCs rather than iMacs, and Internet Explorer rather than Netscape. Occasionally, students using IE on a PC will report problems. Although I don't understand why it sometimes doesn't work, Ken McGraw has developed a system for identifying and correcting these problems.
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There are currently 25 different laboratory demonstrations of classic studies in cognition, perception, and social psychology, with more added all the time. Your whole class can participate, and then download their own data and analyze it. They can also download the data from students at other schools and compare. Data are organized, using very nice macros written by the PsychExps team into Excel spreadsheets. You can analyze from there, or import into SPSS. Most demos have Teacher Guides associated with them. They even have the Implicit Attitudes Test (IAT) that is becoming so popular. I use this site regularly for my Research Methods class.
Finally, there are also a number of "real" experiments in which researchers can collect their own data using the services of PsychExperiments. Don't overlook these -- some are pretty darn interesting, even if they're not yet "classics."
You must download Macromedia's Authorware Player (like Shockwave, but a little different). It's easy to do, and the player is self-updating, so after you do it once, you never have to again. Links at PsychExperiments take you directly to the download page, so no problems!