Simone Lira Calabrichm, Bangor University
The Covid-19 pandemic has restructured behavioural research, driving scientists to adapt and move traditionally in-lab studies to online experiment deployment platforms. While adult participants are generally able to undertake remote experimental tasks unassisted, most studies involving child subjects still require the presence of a researcher monitoring and ensuring participants stay on task. To ensure high-quality data collection, it is imperative that the researcher not only be appropriately trained to test children remotely, but also that the task be child-friendly and sufficiently engaging to keep the children focused in front of their screens for the duration of the experiment.
Here, we will share tips on how different freely and widely available resources (e.g., Microsoft Teams, Praat, Wuggy, Audacity, attribution-free content websites) can be employed to build an engaging and child-friendly mouse-tracking task for either assisted or unassisted administration on Gorilla Experiment Builder. We will present a novel gamified mouse-tracking paradigm which we have used to investigate paired associate learning in skilled and less-skilled Key Stage 2 children remotely. The gamified task, which included a short narrative and animations to keep the participants engaged, was remotely monitored by trained research assistants who provided support and coded verbal responses live.