CELSS @ Columbia

The Columbia Experimental Laboratory for Social Sciences (C.E.L.S.S) is an interdisciplinary venue for researchers in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, ISERP, SIPA and the Business School at Columbia University to conduct computer-based experiments. The laboratory was opened in the Fall of 2013 on the fifth floor of the International Affairs Building at Columbia University.

The laboratory has 24 computers for participants and one computer for the experimenter. Our goal is to enable students and faculty to run laboratory experiments in a controlled setting. C.E.L.S.S. also aims to provide subjects with a fun — and rewarding — experience in the experiments they participate in. Subjects are paid for showing-up to experimental sessions they participate in, receive payments during the experiments based on their actions and other participants’ actions. Finally, the laboratory has a strict no deception policy which requires researches not to lie or mislead participants.

C.E.L.S.S. is currently directed by Alessandra Casella, Professor of Economics at Columbia University with Professor Mark Dean as associate director. Han Huynh, a PhD candidate in Economics, manages the lab. The lab is located in room 505 of the International Affairs Building at Columbia University. The map of the Morningside Campus is available here.

Students and alumni who wish to register to participate in the experiments can follow the instructions here.

Researchers can find out more information about conducting experiments at C.E.L.S.S. here.

You can see C.E.L.S.S. calendar here. Please check the main page for the opening hours this semester.

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