Classroom Experiments

As part of the second block of the exercise sessions, adapted versions of some prominent experiments will be conducted online.

The general idea is for you to gain some experience from the perspective of an actual participant. Try to approach these experiements with that in mind. For instance, you should not use your knowledge of Nash equilibrium to determine what to choose in a given situation. The right approach would be to imagine that you have never taken this course in fact.

I won't be providing any material payoff for participation so again, you would have to humor me and try to imagine that you care about that. Since we all have to work as a group in fairly precarious conditions, please be patient and try not to get distracted so that others don't have to wait for you too much.

Again, these experiments will be flawed in many ways so they should not be taken seriously from the methodological perspective. They are intended to provide you with a certain experience that will hopefully motivate your reasoning and guide your learning altogether.

Logistics

When active, the experiments can be reached here. You must use your personal id (check your university email) to login.

While it is possible to participate using a smartphone, it is recommended that you have something with a larger screen instead. The only piece of software that you need is a web browser.

Each experiment will follow a particular lecture and begin at 1615 on Wednesday (German time). I will make the instructions available at least 24 hours in advance and expect you to know them before the experiment starts.

Instructions

Instructions below follow the original as close as possible. I did not attempt to improve them in any way intentionally.

  • Experiment 1
  • Experiment 2
  • Experiment 3 (part 2 will be run as a separate session following part 1)
  • Experiment 4 (part 2 will be run as a separate session following part 1)
  • Experiment 5 (part 2 will be run as a separate session following part 1)
  • Experiment 6 (parts 2 and 3 will be run as separate sessions following part 1; actual group size to be determined based on the number of participants present)