Introduction to Lab and VR Experiments



This course provides students with an overview of and experience with experimental research methods to design and conduct an economic experiment in the lab, or in a virtual environment. We will cover such topics as defining a research question, setting up the research hypothesis and the corresponding experimental design, how to plan and conduct experimental sessions, and some basic data analysis methods. The course also provides exposure to some examples of z-Tree programs, a standard software to code experimental treatments. We will examine conventions for ensuring that experiments are properly designed, and tips for preparing experimental research for publication.

Teaching Objectives

The course also introduces participants to the newly emerging experiments in virtual reality. We will learn the potential of this experimental method for behavioral research. During a visit to our VR lab, participants will experience some demos in immersive virtual environments. We will learn the advantages of VR experiments and discuss potential issues, too.


  • Command of English language
  • Basic understanding of social science research practices


  • Class Participation 20 %
  • Group presentation 80 %