The Nuffield College Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) is an interdisciplinary research Centre at the University of Oxford engaged in experimental work in the social sciences. At CESS, we use laboratory, online, and field experiments to study how humans make decisions in various circumstances under different monetary incentives. Experiments do not typically involve anything more than making decisions on a computer.
CESS will only use the data you provide on this website for the purpose of inviting you to experiments. Your information is only accessible by responsible members of CESS and the University of Oxford and will never be given to a third party unless with your permission or to the extent required by law. You may request that your data is removed from the system at any time by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To participate in paid laboratory and/or virtual laboratory experiments, you first need to subscribe to the participants’ database via the "Sign up" link below (or on the left side of your screen). As part of the sign-up process, you will be asked which types of experiments you are interested in during the registration process. Please keep in mind that laboratory experiments require coming to our physical location at 3 George Street Mews and that a Paypal© email is required to participate and be compensated for virtual laboratory experiments.
Registration is open to anyone who resides in the United Kingdom
and is at least 18 years of age
. Upon registering, you will receive emails now and then inviting you to a specific experiment.
CESS guarantees that subjects earn at least £3 for participating in virtual laboratory experiments and £5 for coming to a laboratory experiment on time. Final payments may depend on your decisions, the decisions of others and luck but typically average payments are usually around £10/hour. Payments for laboratory experiments are made in cash, in private, at the end of the experiment while payment for virtual laboratory experiments are through Paypal©.
(Note: Due to COVID-19, all physical laboratory experiments have been halted until proper social distancing measures are put in place).
On the left side, you can find additional information about CESS lab rules and practices but if you have any questions feels free to contact us at email@example.com