"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.
Type of Material:
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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.
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Identify Major 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.
Evaluation and Observation
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.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
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.
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
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.
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.