A Science-Geared Tutorial: Setting Up Your Expilab Research Experiment

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When it comes to running online experiments in the realm of psychological research, the technical part of setting up, designing and conducting behavioral experiments can prove quite daunting. To help researchers overcome these challenges, this piece serves as a detailed, step-by-step guide on how to set up your Expilab research experiments.

Getting Started with Research Experiment Design

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In psychological research, the design of cognitive tasks is pivotal. It helps determine the data collection process in behavioral experiments and ultimately shapes the outcome. Therefore, understanding the process of experiment design is fundamental for researchers. Thankfully, Expilab has comprehensive documentation available - you can access it here.

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up Your Experiment

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Setting up an online cognitive experiment with Expilab involves the following steps:

  1. Design the Concept: This is the stage where you formulate your research question and define the parameters of your cognitive tasks. Your experiment’s design should be directly linked to your research question.
  2. Create the Experiment: Use the jsPsych library to create the experiment. Expilab allows seamless integration with jsPsych, making it more manageable.
  3. Upload and Host the Experiment: Once your experiment is ready, upload it to Expilab platform for hosting. This process allows for running experiments smoothly across the web.
  4. Collect Data: With your experiment online, participants can begin taking part. You can track their engagement and responses in real-time and adjust the experiment accordingly.
  5. Analyze Your Findings: After the experiment has concluded, you can collect and analyze your data to understand the results better.

Running Your Remote Studies

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Running experiments in a physical setting has its fair share of challenges. However, when conducting remote studies, additional difficulties such as unreliable connectivity, varying screen sizes, and distractions can arise. To mitigate these challenges, make sure to have a strong experimental design and robust instructions for participants.


Setting up online experiments for psychological research is an integral step for innovative studies. With proper understanding and careful application of platforms like Expilab and tools like jsPsych, researchers can design, create, and run effective cognitive tasks online, fostering advancements in behavioral and cognitive studies.

Commence Your Journey

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Embark on your journey with Expilab to create and conduct online studies by starting here. Whether you are a novice or an expert, this tutorial and comprehensive documentation will aid you through your process. Here's to making the realm of psychological research a bit more navigable!

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