Using SMS text messaging for teaching and data collection in the behavioral sciences
Reimers, Stian and Stewart, Neil. (2009) Using SMS text messaging for teaching and data collection in the behavioral sciences. Behavior Research Methods, Vol.41 (No.3). pp. 675-681. ISSN 1554-351X
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/BRM.41.3.675
Recent interest in university teaching has focused on interactivity in lectures and practical classes, and teachers in several fields have set up systems in which students can interact with the lecturer using mobile-phone-based SMS text messaging. This approach has particular potential in psychology, where students could use SMS messaging as a way of responding in simple psychology experiments or demonstrations. We describe a simple architecture for an SMS-based responding, using an SMS-to-HTTP message relay service, and a PHP/MySQL input-output handler. We describe briefly two experiments we have run using the system. The first experiment examined anchoring effects in an SMS-based auction. The second experiment examined delay discounting, with participants indicating their intertemporal preferences using SMS. Finally, we evaluate the feedback we obtained from students about the practical and conceptual issues surrounding text-message-based responding.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Text messages (Telephone systems), Education, Higher -- Research, Information theory in education, Interactive computer systems|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Behavior Research Methods|
|Publisher:||Psychonomic Society, Inc.|
|Official Date:||August 2009|
|Number of Pages:||7|
|Page Range:||pp. 675-681|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC)|
|Grant number:||RES-062-23-0952 (ESRC), RES-000-22-2459 (ESRC), RES-000-23-1372 (ESRC)|
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