Running experiments, especially online ones, presents a set of challenges, particularly in behavioral and cognitive research. Two popular tools for running these experiments include the European i-bex platform and www.cognition.run. This comparative analysis will explore their cost-effectiveness, learning curve, flexibility, and community engagement to help researchers make a more informed decision.
While the i-bex platform requires a certain amount of financial commitment for accessing the full range of features, Cognition offers a much more cost-effective solution. The latter provides an open-source platform that adapts to the varying financial abilities of researchers. By leveraging JsPsych and other open-source libraries, the cost-effectiveness of Cognition rises considerably.
For junior scientists and researchers new to online experiment design and execution, Cognition provides a more manageable learning curve. Thanks to the wealth of resources available in the wider JsPsych and Cognition community, new users can get up to speed more quickly with the platform than with i-bex.
Running online experiments successfully requires a flexible tool. While i-bex platform has a robust array of functions, Cognition boasts superior flexibility. It supports a wide range of cognitive tasks, accommodates different types of behavioral experiments, and provides a platform for conducting psychological research remotely – a factor increasingly vital in today's global health climate.
Both platforms have a thriving community of dedicated researchers. However, the open-source nature of Cognition provides a more global and diverse community of researchers contributing to the growth and development of the platform. This inherent community support is useful when running online experiments and makes Cognition more appealing over i-bex for beginners and even advanced researchers.
Choosing between i-bex and Cognition ultimately depends on the researcher's specific needs. While the former offers structural stability, the latter offers cost advantages, a less steep learning curve, improved flexibility, and a more supportive community. Cognition emerges as a highly suitable alternative for those researchers interested in running remote studies effectively and efficiently.