spocksbrain (spocksbrain) wrote,

Cognitive Experiments from IU

The Percepts and Concepts Laboratory at Indiana University would like to invite you to participate in our interactive, on-line group experiments. The games are entertaining and should be intriguing to those interested in cognitive science, psychology, etc. Some of the games that we are currently working on include:

Forager: In this experiment, we are interested in how groups of people allocate themselves to resources. Your goal in a four-minute experiment is to pick up as many resources as you can by moving your icon with the arrow keys.

Spread of Innovations: This experiment explores how innovative ideas spread in a group. As you try to solve a puzzle, you see the solutions proposed by your neighbors, and they see your solutions.

Opinion Sharing: As you rate things (e.g. faces, music, or paintings), you are also able to see the ratings given by others. Over several rounds, does your group converge in its opinions or not?

In all of these experiments, you play with other humans when they are available on-line, or with artificial intelligence bots if not. By playing our games, our GEE group gathers data on how collective behavior in human groups emerges, while you benefit by:

1. learning about current research questions and methods in the
social sciences
2. sharing in an engrossing, communal experience with other people
(or bots!)
3. playing games that have deeper significance, and more interesting
dynamics, than Solitaire, Tetris, or the typical fodder of on-line

The experiments will run on any computer that has Java 1.4 or later, and can be found at: http://groups.psych.indiana.edu/

If you like the experiments, please tell your friends or favorite news group, blog, or forum. The more people who are in our virtual world at any time, the more fun it is (and the more data we collect). Also, please reply to this e-mail if you would like to be placed on our mailing list, or if you're willing to place a link to our site on your web page. If you find any bugs or have suggestions
for improvements, please e-mail Andy Jones andjones@indiana.edu or Allen Lee allele@cs.indiana.edu, and CC Rob Goldstone (rgoldsto@indiana.edu).

Thank you for being part of the global brain,

The Group Experiment Environments (GEE) team

Robert Goldstone – Director
Robin Kramer – PR/Marketing/Research
Andy Jones – Programmer/Researcher
Allen Lee – Programmer/Researcher
Zoran Rilak – Programmer/Researcher
Michael Roberts – Artificial Intelligence and Computational Modeler
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