Queen’s University Looking for Online Research Subjects

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Researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario are looking for your help, online, in a video test of motion perception.

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This research study is being conducted by Dr. Yaroslav Konar, a researcher working with Dr. Nikolaus Troje in the Department of Psychology at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
What we hope to learn from this study is whether older adults’ perceptions of general motion and specifically of biological motion (recognizing people from point lights, differentiating between males and females, etc) change with age, or whether these abilities improve or deteriorate. The best way to obtain this information is to test many participants from diverse locations. That is why we are choosing to do the study online so that we can sample participants from around the world, but the main focus for now is on Canada.The results will be used in published papers and conference presentations. Long term goals will depend on whether there is deterioration with age because at the moment we do not know whether older adults have preserved motion perception

This video game will test participants on 10 tests of motion perception and biological motion perception. On each test you will be given instructions on how to complete it. Before you begin each test, you will have an option to do a practice session to familiarize with the procedure. You will be asked questions such as ‘Which way are most of the dots moving on the screen, left or right?’ or ‘Which way is the person facing, left or right?’€. All responses will be done with the mouse by clicking one of two choices. It will take you about 45-60 minutes to complete all 10 levels (each level will take between 3 and 10 minutes), depending on how long you take on each level. At the end of each level you will be given a score of your performance as it compares to all the previous players who have completed it. The feedback will also provide an explanation of what your score means in relation to the global average.