Experiment Request Form
Researchers interested in conducting research at Xlab are required to submit an Experiment Request form.
Human subjects are paid under federal guidelines that are enforced by Institutional Review Boards. Earnings depend partly on subjects' decisions and partly on chance. The amount paid depends on the experiment run, the decisions made by the subject, and the decision made by the other subjects in the experiment.
|Flat Fee Payment||Variable Payment|
|Session Duration||Minimum Payout||Average Payout Min.||Minimum Payout|
|Less than 40 min.||$10/individual||$10/individual||$5/individual|
|60 min. or more||$15/hour/individual||$15/hour/individual||$5/individual|
Average payout calculation for variable payments:
Total cost of the session / Number of participants that session = $ per person
For this example, some individuals may receive less than $15 and some may receive more, but the average of a particular session is still $15/person. The individual(s) who receives less than the average must not earn less than $5.
Information on UC Berkeley's institutional review board, the Committee of the Protection of Human Services (CPHS), is available at their web site. Sample CPHS forms are also available for your reference. If you seek guidance on using their eProtocol system, you may contact Latara Harris in Research Enterprise Services (RES) at (510) 643-0384.
An even more useful resource may be Suzanne Stone, who works closely with CPHS. She can provide insights into what allows a protocol to qualify as exempt. For researchers with Haas affiliations, she can also review and approve exempt protocols. Read here for more info.
The complete software program to be utilized on the experiment must be tested in the lab laptops before a schedule request will be approved. There are no exceptions to this procedure for first time researchers. Any software changes must also be tested before the changes are implemented. The testing is not dependent on the CPHS approval, so testing can be scheduled even while the experiment's CPHS application is still pending.
Schedule Request Form
The Schedule Request form must be filled out for every session researchers wish to run at Xlab.
Tips for running successful studies
Sometimes it is useful to bundle studies: run more than one study in an experimental session, for compounding short studies or ease of recruitment purposes. In order to make it easier to find other researchers interested in running studies at the same time as you, please use this spreadsheet and access with your berkeley.edu CalNet account.
We strongly encourage researchers to read instructions out loud at the beginning of a session to establish public knowledge. This is also scientifically very useful, because a clear instructional script will enable precise replication. Alternative methods are acceptable as long as they are replicable; for example, display the instructions on a series of screens and have subjects click through the screens as you read the instructions.
Participation in experiments is voluntary. Any information about human subjects (personal, earnings in a session, decision data, etc.) will be kept strictly confidential. Unless otherwise stated explicitly, research will in principle be designed to make it as difficult as possible for subjects to know precisely who they are playing with.