Practical Advice on How to Run Human Behavioral Studies

Frank RitterPenn State
Jong KimU. of Central Florida

Abstract

The lack of materials on the details of running human experiments can lead to a gap between theory and practice, which is particularly acute in cognitive science experiments done outside of psychology depart¬ments. The details about how to run the studies themselves, how to interact with subjects and other tacit knowledge about how to run a study, are often not available and either learned through trial and error, or available only through apprenticeship in a psychology or HCI lab. Researchers in psychology thus often end up appalled by the lack of this common but undocu¬mented sense when behavioral research is performed and reported by researchers outside of psychology. This tutorial provides practical advice on how to run studies for beginning students and researchers coming starting to run studies.

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