Psychology's EloRater — Public release

Psychology's EloRater — Public release

This summer, Chris Green and Shane Martin put their heads together and developed a new online history of psychology game, called Psychology’s EloRater, which we would like to invite you to participate in.

The game is simple: You are shown the names of a pair of individuals who were significant in the history of psychology, and you have to select which had the greater impact on the discipline (by clicking on their name). If you are undecided about which person to pick (some of the names may be unfamiliar), there is a short summary of each person’s career highlights below the names, along with a link to the Wikipedia page of each. You may continue playing the game, pair after pair, for as long as you like. There are 400 different names in the pool.

The game is actually part of a research project where we are trying to “crowd source” rankings of the most influential psychologists in history (and then we’ll compare our findings with past attempts to “rationally” rank historical psychologists). The individual choices are gathered together in something called an ELO formula which creates a ranked list of names.

If you would like your data to “count” in our research project, there are a few demographic questions and a consent form (which requires only a checkmark from you) when you begin.

If you encounter any problems, you can let us know via the website (along with the device and operating systems you’re using). If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know about those as well.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!


Shane Martin

I graduated in 2015 with a BA (Specialized Honours) in Psychology, and am working as the PsyBorgs Lab's software and technology consultant. Apart from the history of psychology, my psychological interests include meta-cognition, social cognitive disorders, learning disabilities (esp. ADHD), moral development, as well as trauma and bereavement.