EDUCATION: Silicon Psychology

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Science  14 Nov 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5648, pp. 1125
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5648.1125d

PsychExperiments is an alternative for teachers who want to introduce their students to psychology research but lack the money or facilities to run their own experiments. The 3-year-old site from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, lets classes participate in 30 online experiments in cognitive and social psychology, then download the data.

Students can be tricked by optical illusions, see how well they remember faces, or explore whether left-handers are better at remembering pitches, among other tests. Using Excel software supplied by the site, students can analyze their class's results or those from other site visitors. If teachers register, the site will store results from their classes. PsychExperiments requires the free Shockwave Authorware plug-in, which can be balky with some browsers.

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