DART-P (Browser) as an Educational Tool

DART-P (Browser) can be a useful tool for teaching students about risk decisions and about psychological research more generally. 

For example, it can be used to teach students about expected-value theory.  The simple demo version of DART (see download page) comes pre-loaded with an experiment in which the likelihoods of a hazard collapsing (two levels) and coin amounts (three levels) are manipulated within subject.  You can have students in a class complete the simple demo version and then discuss what the data suggest about their attention to expected values.  You can also have students calculate the expected values for various hazard-coin combinations, given the parameters that were set.   

As another example, you can demonstrate how time pressure affects attention to various informational factors driving decisions by modifying the speed of the in-game avatar. Increasing the avatar speed decreases the time available to participants to make their decisions.

The advanced level of customization in the full version allows for a endless combinations of manipulations and experiments.  Because of this flexibility and the fact that no programming experience is required, DART-P (Browser) can readily be used by undergraduate students to run their own decision-making experiments for independent projects or group projects in lab classes.   


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