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Psychology Experiments on the Internet

Psychology Experiments on the Internet

"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."


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David Carroll
David Carroll (Faculty)
17 years ago
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.

Technical Remarks:

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.
Used in course? Yes
Mark Pezzo
Mark Pezzo (Faculty)
17 years ago
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."

Technical Remarks:

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!
Used in course? Yes