In-class experiments #4 : Deception & the Asch Conformity Experiment

Bringing real social psychology experiments into the classroom is one of the best ways of teaching psychology, but it’s never easy, especially when you need to apply deception in the classroom. But, I was able to pull it off.   One of the classic social psychology experiments was conducted by Asch (1951) on group conformity. [...] [...]

Running Experiments with Amazon Mechanical Turk

I’ll start by saying that I think Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) and online markets offer no less than a revolution in experimental psychology. By now, I’ve already ran over fifty successful experiments on MTurk and have come to consider it as one of the most important tools available to me as an experimental social psychologist. [...] [...]

Inclass Experiments #3 : Biases & Irrationality

To start off a class about social psychology or management I believe the best way is to dive right in and demonstrate to the students just how fragile our mind is with some very basic optical illusions and irrationality biases. It’s remarkable how easy these things are to demonstrate in class and the effect on [...] [...]

Inclass Experiments #2 : In-group Out-group Bias

Inclass experiments are a great way to get students to learn about social psychology and management. Continuing my post series about social psychology inclass experiments, this next social psychology experiments is aimed at demonstrating the strong effects on the formation of cognition and affect regarding in-group  versus out-group, even when the separation seems to be [...] [...]

Quick Qualtrics Tricks #1

To collect survey data and run survey based manipulations I use Qualtrics. Even if all you need is run a survey, I would still generally recommend to administer that to your participants in a computer lab using a computerized survey. In the time that I’ve been using Qualitrics I’ve learned a few neat tips and [...] [...]

Questionnaires & Experiments with Coupon-Paid Participants

Lots of missing data and failed manipulations are just some of the issues you may encounter while running questionnaires or experiments with coupon based or paid participants, especially students, especially undergrad students. They lack motivation & they want to finish the pain as soon as possible, so getting them to actually read the questions and [...] [...]