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. The course also provides exposure to some examples of experimental software. 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 emerging experiments in virtual reality. We will learn the potential of this experimental method for behavioral research. During a visit in the 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
  • willingness to think about a research experiment (that you would like to conduct).

The course is designed for Ph.D. students interested in conducting experimental research but is also open to advanced master students meeting the above criteria.


  • Class Participation 20 %
  • Group presentation (including the written synopsis/essay) 80 %