Labvanced Basics

These questions are related to basic information about Labvanced and how studies can be realized on the platform.

What is Labvanced?

Labvanced is a platform for creating and recording professional behavioral experiments. Studies typically run online but can also be downloaded and executed offline.

Who is already using Labvanced?

Over the last 2 years, we have worked together with over 3000 researchers from all over the world. There are hundreds of studies running on Labvanced in all directions and with various degrees of complexity.

How can I cite Labvanced?

Finger, H., Goeke, C., Diekamp, D., Standvoß, K., & König, P. (2017). LabVanced: a unified JavaScript framework for online studies. In International Conference on Computational Social Science (Cologne).

We are working on two further publications at the moment. We hope that those will be published soon.

What are the advantages of Labvanced compared to other experiment platforms?

Labvanced is a very powerful and convenient platform. Our graphic interface is user-friendly and can be learned quickly. Programmable options mean that even very complicated experiments can be realized using events and objects in sequence. We also have many license options, but simply building an experiment is always free. Please visit our feature page to find out more, or contact us for friendly assistance!

Are all experiments which run on Labvanced available in the experiment library?

No, there are many more studies running on Labvanced than are in the experiment library. The experiment library contains mostly experiments from the Labvanced team, which you can use as templates. Although most researchers prefer not to make their study publically available, we highly encourage publishing and sharing studies using the free experiment library.

What is the best way to get started with my experiment on Labvanced?

We suggest that you start by choosing a study from the experiment library that is most similar to the study you want to build and importing it to your account. Simultaneously open the video tutorial page, watch some of the tutorial videos, and start editing the experiment according to your needs.

Do I need to understand programming to be able to use Labvanced?

No. Programming is possible, but you can create complex experiments solely by using our graphical interface. However, understanding of algorithmic structures helps when using the event system to create complex logic.

Which kind of experiments can be created on Labvanced?

Combining the power of visual expressiveness and programmatic power, we are very confident that we support more than 99% of all behavioral experiments. Labvanced can support experiments that test language use, perceptual learning, cooperation, and many more behavioral concepts. If you are looking for a certain feature that you need for your study, please visit our feature page.

The experiment I plan to do is very complex. I am not sure whether this can be realized with Labvanced, what shall I do?

If you have just started with Labvanced, it can sometimes be hard to imagine how all the details can be realized with bigger projects. After spending some time with the platform, you will see that things will go quicker and quicker. We are quite certain that almost every behavioral study can be realized, but if you have doubts, please contact us via the live chat or using the contact page.

Which stimulus elements can be shown with Labvanced?

Currently Labvanced provides 20 different stimulus elements including Images, Videos, Audio, Form-Elements, Sortable-Lists, File-Uploads, an Editable Text element, and much more. Please see our feature page for a complete list and explanations.

Can I control who/which devices etc. can take part in my experiment?

Yes. There are various options to control for the demographics of the participants (gender, age, location, first language) and the properties of the participants’ device (mobile, computer, browser, resolution etc.).

Can I download and run a study offline if the selected device does not have internet?

Currently, the offline version is only available for users who own a Labvanced license (Premium or Group). More updates to this feature are on the way! For details about using Labvanced offline, please see "Using Labvanced Offline" under this heading.

Does Labvanced support 'Real Time Multi User Studies', to investigate game theoretical questions or cooperative/joint decision making?

Yes. During the study creation, you can customize what each participant should do and see using the System Variable “Role_Id”. Upon experiment execution, subjects have to wait in a virtual lobby until the right amount of participants are ready to perform the study together. Find an example study here

Does Labvanced support Audio Recordings via Microphone?

Yes. Find a demo study hereopen in new window

Does Labvanced support Webcam-based Eyetracking?

Yes. Find a demo study hereopen in new window

Check out our YouTube playlist about eyetracking hereopen in new window

Does Labvanced support Multilingual Studies (Study translated into several languages)?

Yes. You can create your study in your preferred (native) language first. Using the “Translation Menu” you can at any point automatically translate all the texts to many different languages. Of course you can adjust/improve the automatic translation as well. All these different (language) versions of the experiment will be accessible using the same URL, and right in the beginning participants can choose their preferred language.