What is TurkServer?¶
TurkServer is a platform for building software-controlled, web-based behavioral experiments using participants from the Internet. We can now study more complex tasks and set up interactions that happen over longer periods of time or among larger numbers of people. This allows us to design more expansive and realistic behavioral experiments.
By taking advantage of the movement toward the web as an all-purpose application platform, and providing a common system on which to build software-based behavioral experiments, TurkServer allows for:
- Easier real-time programming using the Meteor web app framework
- Building synchronous experiments and studying group interaction
- A live web-based experimenter console showing all connected participants
- The ability to create one-way mirrors to view behavior in real time
This means we can go from very artificial environments to studying realistic, complex tasks such as teamwork and collective intelligence: