C.E.L.S.S at Columbia University

The Columbia Experimental Laboratory for Social Sciences (C.E.L.S.S) is an interdisciplinary venue for researchers to conduct computer-based experiments. This includes both experiments physically located in the lab, as well as web-based experiments. The lab was opened in the Fall of 2013 and is located on the fifth floor of the International Affairs Building at Columbia University. It is equipped with 24 computers for participants and one computer for the experimenter.

C.E.L.S.S.’s goal is to enable students and faculty to run lab experiments in a controlled setting and to facilitate researcher’s experimental research more broadly. We also aim to provide subjects with a fun — and rewarding — experience in the experiments they participate in. Subjects are paid a show-up fee, simply for participating in the experiment, as well as additional amounts that depend on their actions and other participants’ actions during the experiment itself.  

Experiments at C.E.L.S.S follow a strict no-deception policy which requires researches not to lie or mislead participants in any way.

C.E.L.S.S. is directed by Alessandra Casella, Professor of Economics and Political Science (Director) and by Mark Dean, Associate Professor of Economics (Associate Director).  Han Huynh, a PhD candidate in Economics, manages the lab.


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