StudyCrafter is a free playful platform where users can create, play, and share research projects to advance our understanding of human behavior together.
It is intended for teaching research and conducting the next generation of social and behavioral science research – and to engage the public at large with scientific research across the world.
It takes a playful approach to science: it inspires users to find creative ways to explore human behavior and enables them to create gamified projects to engage their participants.
Why Gamify Research?
Games have three qualities to help advance scientific research:
- User-friendly editor for creating gamified research projects
- Remix existing projects with a click of a button
- Collect detailed data automatically and anonymously
- Share and retrieve data from projects
- Engage the community to play and discuss your work and results
With StudyCrafter you can make the following types of research projects:
Observe behavior in a particular situation
Randomly assign participants to particular conditions
Observe player behavior in your game
Collect closed responses
Collect open responses
Train bots based on human behavior
Ethics and Code of Conduct
When conducting research with human participants it is essential that ethical standards are applied. Because StudyCrafter is an open online community it is also essential that users treat each other with mutual respect.
The StudyCrafter Team and collaborators are researching how people use and learn with StudyCrafter. We also evaluate how its use helps to advance our understanding of human behavior. Based on our research, we make changes to the platform and develop guidelines and best practices – for StudyCrafter and for the social and behavioral sciences at large. See our Research page for more information.
The platform is developed and maintained by the Northeastern Game Studio at Northeastern University, and has received financial support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation. See the credits for more information about the team behind StudyCrafter.