Field of Science

Status Report

The laboratory's first experiments went live on our site about two months ago. The Birth Order experiment has done a reasonably good job of attracting participants, with about 500 so far. This is about 1/3 - 1/2 the number that are necessary, but hopefully by early fall we will be done.

The other new experiment, Find the Dax, is not doing as well. When I checked two days ago, only 74 people had completed the experiment. This experiment doesn't need as many participants as the Birth Order study, but at the minimum we need about 250. I'm not quite sure why fewer people have been interested in participating.

This is the second language experiment I have run. The first was back on my old site. That one also attracted participants at an abnormally slow rate. Perhaps people aren't as interested in experiments that test language processing. I hope this is not the case, as we plan to do primarily language experiments in the future!

If anybody has any ideas on how to attract more people to participate in language-related experiments, I'd love to hear them. Post your comments here or email

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