Distraction Island

In this experiment, we are interested in how people learn to find their way through new environments, and how people perform while they are distracted.

Please read the experimental consent information below for some important information about our experiment. By playing the game, we assume that you give your consent to participate in this experiment. If you are under 18 years old, you may play the game, but we will not use the data from your session. For legal reasons, we cannot use data from anyone who is under 18 without the consent of an adult. If you are not 18, then you may still play this game for recreational purposes, and we hope that you enjoy it!


Consent information

Purpose of the experiment: To learn more about how people find their way around new places, and how such learning is influenced by distraction.

What you will do in this experiment: You will learn to find your way through a 3-dimensional, virtual environment and complete a set of questionnaires.

Time required: The study will take most people between 20-30 minutes to complete the game.

Risks: The experiment uses a 3-dimensional video game. Games like this one can make some people feel nauseous. If you feel nauseous at any point in the experiment, please quit the game and go on to the post-experiment survey questions.

Benefits: Although we do not anticipate any direct benefit to you, we hope that this work will help us better understand how people normally find their way through new environments. If you are interested, you can contact Neil Schmitzer-Torbert at and we will send you a copy of any manuscripts that result from this experiment.

Confidentiality: All data you provide will be strictly confidential. The main data that we collect are the movements you make in the game, and the responses you enter. We also record your IP address, but only for the purposes of determining who has participated in our study. Any personal information you may provide will never be used in any publication or presentation of the results of this experiment.

Participation and withdrawal: Your participation in this experiment is completely voluntary, and you may exit the experiment at any time. If you exit the experiment, any data collected up to that point will be retained, though you may ask us to remove it if you help us to identify your session (contact

Contact: If you have questions about this experiment, please contact Neil Schmitzer-Torbert, Department of Psychology, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 (email: If you have questions about your rights in this research or for questions, concerns, suggestions, complaints that are not being addressed by the research team, or in case of research-related harm: John Lamborn, chair of the Wabash College Committee Institutional Review Board, at 765-361-6081.

Consent Agreement:By playing the Distraction Island game, I accept that the purpose and nature of this research have been sufficiently explained and I agree to participate in this study. I understand that I am free to withdraw at any time without incurring any penalty.


This study has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board at Wabash College.