Information about this study


Purpose of the experiment: This study investigates how people learn new behaviors (such as mastering the actions in a standard video game).

What you will do in this experiment: You will play a third-person 3D side-scrolling game in which you work to escape an alien planet.

Time required: Each stage in the game can be completed in 10-25 minutes by most individuals. To complete the entire game would take most people more than 2 hours. You are encouraged to play only for as long as you are interested in the game.

Benefits: You will receive no direct benefits, beyond your enjoyment (hopefully!) of the game. We do hope that this research tells us more about how people learn new behaviors. 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 research.

Risks: The experiment involves playing a video game. There are no known risks associated with playing games of these types.

Confidentiality: All data you provide will be strictly confidential. We do record IP addresses, but only for the purposes of determining how many times a person plays the video game. Your personal information will never be used with the data from the experiment or given out to third parties.

Participation and withdrawal: Your participation in this experiment is completely voluntary. Should you decide to withdraw by exiting the questionnaire, any responses you have provided up to that point will be retained. Our research is limited to people who are at least 18 years of age. If you are under 18, you are free to play the video game, and we will not use your data.

Financial disclosure: The researchers who developed this video game may receive profits from the plays of game and from in-game purchases. Those profits are used to support future research, and to pay for video game design. If you are interested in using this game for basic research, please contact Neil Schmitzer-Torbert to arrange for access to a non-monetized version of the game.

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, head of the Wabash College Institutional Review Board.


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