The Experiment Factory: Standardizing Behavioral Experiments

Vanessa V. Sochat and colleagues from Stanford University have presented the Experiment Factory, a modular infrastructure that applies a collaborative, open source framework to the development and deployment of psychology web-based experiments. Psychology is one of the fields of science that has been affected by the so called „reproducibility“ crisis (link) and it is argued that reproducible research in behavioral psychology is conditional on deployment of equivalent experiments. A large, accessible repository of experiments for researchers to develop collaboratively is most efficiently accomplished through an open source framework. This paper describes modular infrastructure of the Experiment Factory – experiments, virtual machines for local or cloud deployment, and an application to drive these components and provide developers with functions and tools for further extension. Read more.

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