Designing, creating, and running online cognitive experiments pose unique challenges—especially for those new to the field. The selection of an appropriate platform is critical. This article aims to provide a systematic comparison between two renowned platforms: Cognition and Lioness-Lab Experiment Platform.
Academic research often runs on tight budgets, making affordability a significant factor. Cognition stands out by offering free access to its basic features, mainly centered around constructing cognitive tasks and running experiments. Lioness-Lab, in contrast, operates on a premium model and might be costlier for some researchers.
Further, Cognition shows strength in flexibility. It offers templates for a broad variety of behavioral experiments, psychological research, and cognitive tasks e.g., Stroop task, change blindness, reaction time tasks to mention a few. While Lioness-Lab offers flexibility, it is chiefly known for its focus on economic experiments.
An active community can be a lifeline in overcoming challenges and receiving peer support. Cognition appears to have a more dynamic community, supporting researchers in running remote studies. Conversely, Lioness-Lab’s community is smaller, primarily comprised of behavioral economists and social scientists.
In conclusion, choosing between Cognition and Lioness-Labs depends primarily on the type of your study and your expertise. Cognition comes out ahead for studies in cognitive and psychological research, thanks to its user-friendly interface, affordability, and comprehensive community support.