Going Virtual: A Step-by-Step Guide to Taking the In-Person Experimental Lab Online

22 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2021

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David Danz

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics; affiliation not provided to SSRN

Neeraja Gupta

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics

Marissa Lepper

University of Pittsburgh - Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Lise Vesterlund

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics

K. Pun Winichakul

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 29, 2021

Abstract

This guide provides a detailed account of procedures for conducting traditional in-person laboratory experiments in a “virtual setting.” The main objective of these procedures is to maintain the control of traditional in-person lab studies when conducting studies over the internet. Using the participant pool of the in-person lab the key procedural steps include participants having their webcams on throughout the experiment, technical screenings and attention pledges, playing pre-recorded instructions out loud, upholding clear experimenter roles and communication protocols when interacting with participants, and finally detailed and scripted procedures for managing participants throughout the session. The described procedures have been used for more than 100 sessions and have secured results that are indistinguishable from those from the in-person lab.

Keywords: Experiments, Methodology, Research Practice

Suggested Citation

Danz, David N and Gupta, Neeraja and Lepper, Marissa and Vesterlund, Lise and Winichakul, Kanatip, Going Virtual: A Step-by-Step Guide to Taking the In-Person Experimental Lab Online (September 29, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3931028 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3931028

David N Danz (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics ( email )

4901 Wesley Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Neeraja Gupta

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics ( email )

4901 Wesley Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

Marissa Lepper

University of Pittsburgh - Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

Lise Vesterlund

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics ( email )

4T18 WW Posvar. Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.iastate.edu/faculty/vesterlund/

Kanatip Winichakul

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics ( email )

4901 Wesley Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

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