I happily request submissions of other online linguistics related experiments.
Original post here.
Experimental psycholinguists requires experimental subjects like any other empirical cognitive science. Unfortunately, researches are often constrained by limited resources. Typically, psycholinguists use college students bribed with money or extra credit as subjects. It's not unheard of for a published psycholinguistics study to have involved as few as 12 subjects. This has been a necessary evil because there has never been a good way to collect large numbers of subjects together and provide them with a coherent experimental design.
Lately, however, researchers are turning to the web as a place to conduct experiments with large groups of subjects. Yes, there are issues regarding control (e.g., if you need native speakers of English, how can you ensure that a subject really is a native speaker?), but these issues come up in all types of experimental paradigms. I believe that good standards and practices to ensure quality online psycholinguistic experiments will emerge over time. So, I'm all for moving ahead.
With that in mind, here are a set of sites offering online psycholinguistic experiments:
- The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics -- Online Experiments.
- The Portal for Psychological Experiments on Language (largest selection of experiments, that's a modified screen grab of some of their experiments above)
- The Colour Imaging Research Group at the London College of Communication: Color Naming.
- CogLab2 (the Cognitive Psychology Online Laboratory)
- Other Web Experiments (from The Portal above).
- University of Essex's Lexical Decision Task demo.
- Psychological Research on the Net (Hanover College).