StudyCrafter is a free playful platform where users can create, share, and play research projects to advance our understanding of human behavior. The platform has been developed to transform research and education as we know it. To learn more about StudyCrafter, see our About page.
The platform has been developed for education but also research, and the expectation is that through this platform new scientific contributions will be made. On our Wiki we will keep track of the scientific insights that the platform has made.
We want to encourage collaboration and this collaboration is fostered by being able to easily copy and then modify someone else’s project.
It differs with its specific purpose to contribute to the next generation of conducting and teaching social and behavioral science. You can, however, use it to make games or interactive stories.
StudyCrafter is developed and maintained by the Northeastern Game Studio at Northeastern University.
We backup each project twice on our servers, but if you want to be completely guaranteed, it is best that you download your project.
No. The platform is still in initial development (alpha phase) and we are exploring what StudyCrafter is and can become. If you want to contribute, feel free to send an email to email@example.com.
Sort of. You cannot work together on the same project but you can remix each other’s work. You can also create a Community Lab where you can work together on a particular subject.
No. The editor is online and projects – once published – will each have their own webpage.
Yes. The platform is 100% free to use.
Yes. It was designed to make it easy for anyone to perform research.
We care deeply about the privacy of our users. We have in place physical and electronic procedures to protect the information we collect. Although we are not in a position to offer contractual guarantees with each entity that uses this free platform, we are in compliance with all federal laws that are applicable to Northeastern University, a 501(c)(3) organization and the entity that created and maintains StudyCrafter.
Yes. The StudyCrafter Team is responsible for moderating the platform, and has access to all content (projects and data). In addition, for our research purposes the team will aggregate all data to understand what projects users made and how users are engaged with projects. However, the team will not remix private or unlisted data or perform project specific analyses without your permission. If you prefer to work on projects in complete privacy, you can use the offline editor and host projects yourself.
No. In addition, we collect all information anonymously (without username or references to social media profiles).
What data is collected is contingent on each project. However, generally, all player actions are anonymously collected with a timestamp.
We collect data on all the activities users perform on the website. This data will help us improve the website and, in particular, provides us a better understanding of how different users make use of StudyCrafter. In the near future, we will include statistics on your activities and provide recommendations for what to play and create based on how you use the platform.
During the registration process, you have the option to provide us with demographic information (age, citizenship, gender, etc.) and preferences (games, topics). This information is not disclosed on your profile unless you choose to. We collect this information for research purposes but also to improve your experience in using the platform. We do not sell, rent, or otherwise distribute information about our users to anyone.
Log in and then select “Account Settings.” Then select “I want to delete my account.” Please note that deleting your account does not delete your projects or the collected data.
It is up to you what is displayed on your account, but be careful in sharing your real name and personal contact information, such as your email, a personal website, or your social media accounts. Sharing phone numbers and physical addresses is not allowed per our policy. Please report anyone who does that.
No. If you really need to, you can make a new account, but you will have to copy your projects over on your own.
This is discouraged, because the website and editor can easily get confused when more than one person is logged into the same account.
Yes. Keep in mind that you cannot break any of the Community Guidelines.
Log in to your account and then choose “account settings.” It provides you an opportunity to change your profile settings.
Log in to your account and then choose “account settings.” It provides you an opportunity to change your password.
Enter your username or email address on the password reset page. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password.
No. You can play with the editor and participate in research without account, but you cannot publish projects.
There are three options: 1) You can state the participation requirement in the project description and ask these questions at the beginning of a project for confirmation. You can then filter people who did not satisfy your requirements; 2) You can filter registered users who were willing to share their demographics; or 3) You can create an unlisted project and invite a preselected group of people to play.
With guest accounts this cannot be prevented, which is why we recommend analyzing data with and without guests. For registered participants the data will tell you if someone participated more than once and you can exclude their other attempts.
You can create a Community Lab, which is a dedicated website for studycrafters that have a similar passion or goal.
Yes. Similar to the accessibility of the project itself, you can set data sharing to private, unlisted, or public. Per our Community Guidelines, we request that users share their data once the project is completed.
Yes. Similar to YouTube you can publish projects as public, unlisted, or private. With public everyone has access; with unlisted only users who receive the link; and with private only you can access it. The private option is a possibility if you want to run experiments in a traditional physical laboratory setting. Per our Community Guidelines we request that users share their project once it is completed.
No. We are considering this for a future release. You may be able to use a workaround of having Mechanical Turkers send a unique code to you.
Sort of. Currently, payments are not facilitated through StudyCrafter. Each session generates a unique code and we recommend that you ask participants to send this code to you and process their remuneration yourself.
You will have to consult your IRB office for this question, and the specific academic outlet. We will share best practices and material on our Wiki.
Projects have a remix history with a description of the changes. Make students aware of this transparency and use this remix history to assess if students put in enough effort.
No. This feature is currently not available. Each student will have to sign up individually.
Teachers can create a Community Lab and request their students to sign up for this lab.
There are several opportunities, from letting students experience classical experiments to teaching them how to conduct research. We discuss these opportunities in detail at our Education page.
Currently, the platform is restricted to users 18 years or older. However, we are considering how we can make this work for K-12 education. In the meantime, you can use the offline editor.
Yes. In fact, StudyCrafter has been developed to transform current research methods education and we are looking for partners to implement it in the classroom to evaluate its educational impact. See our Education page.
Yes. All materials made available on the StudyCrafter website are available under the CC-BY-SA 2.0 License.
Yes. You have permission for this provided that you state that the platform is developed and maintained by Northeastern Game studio at Northeastern University. If you are making tutorials on how to use StudyCrafter, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may include it on our Wiki.
Yes. You are free to propose using this platform for your work provided that you attribute the platform accordingly. The team is also open for research collaborations. See our Research page.
Yes. You have permission for this provided that you clearly state that the platform is developed and maintained by Northeastern Game studio at Northeastern University. See our Press page.
Only if you have contributed to a project and only if a project is public. If you feel your contribution is biased, please note this after completing the project.
You also own what you gather. However, here too keep in mind that all online projects (private, unlisted, or public) are licensed under the CC-BY-SA 2.0 License. Keep also in mind that per our open sharing and data policy completed projects need to make their data public.
The creators are the owners, so you own what you made. Keep in mind that all online projects (private, unlisted, or public) are licensed under the CC-BY-SA 2.0 License and that everyone is able to remix public projects. Keep also in mind that per our open sharing and data policy completed projects need to be made public.
Types of Projects
Once the API is ready this will become possible. We anticipate in the future that the platform offers various standard bots.
Yes, especially narrative-driven types of games. In addition, the platform’s capability for experimentation allows for A/B testing or the development of design experiments.
Yes. Although it has been developed for creating experiments, you can create non-experimental scenarios where you can elicit survey responses. See our About page.
Sort of. With StudyCrafter you are limited with our math functions and the decision tree logic. It would be better to use an API to hook up a simulation model to StudyCrafter.
No. Currently, the platform only supports single player projects. We are considering enabling synchronous and asynchronous play in the future.
Yes. You can embed experiments by clicking on the <> icon for each experiment.
No. At the moment the platform only provides the opportunity to view descriptive statistics. For further analyses you will need to use other software, such as R. We offer a number of templates for analysis on our Wiki.
We are in the process of creating an API and that would be one step away from allowing integration of real data into scenarios.
No. It is a feature we are considering for a future release.
No. It has been purposely developed as a 2D platform. This makes it easier to add new art assets and create scenarios.
Not yet. However, if you wish to donate in order to include specific features or art assets, send an email to email@example.com.
Yes. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume and explanation of what you would like to do.
Yes. Put your art assets on our email@example.com. We may include them in future builds and give you credit.
The simplest way is to use it! Please let us know about your experience on our Forum. Your feedback will help us to make the experience better. We also offer technical support to our early users.