Experimental Methods in the Social Sciences: Regional Academic Seminar to Athens
Professor Rebecca Morton took her class to Athens, Greece for a Regional Academic Seminar, from May 5-7, 2017. The students attended the 2nd Annual Athens Meeting of Behavioral and Experimental Economics and Social Sciences (ABEESS), which took place at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
ABEESS was organized by Andreas Papandreou (Associate Professor of Economics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and Vasileios Vlaseros (ABEESS Laboratory Director, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Senior Treasury Researcher, National Bank of Greece). The event aimed to bring together experimentally minded social scientists from the two institutions and featured keynote presentations by:
Professor Rebecca Morton (NYU and NYU Abu Dhabi)
Professor Nikos Nikiforakis (NYU Abu Dhabi)
Dr. Vasileios Vlaseros (ABEESS Director)
Additionally, Curtis Kephart and Han Il Chang, postdoctoral associates at SSEL, also gave presentations at the meeting. The students and SSEL team found it to be a very useful and engaging experience, contributing to their overall learning of experimental methods in the social sciences. They also spent time exploring the ancient landmarks of Athens.
The Emirates Foundation (SANID) and SSEL
On April 15, 2017, the SSEL team organized their second experiment with volunteers from the local community. Forty-two volunteers from the Emirates Foundation (SANID) participated in the experiment. The participants reported it to be an enjoyable and useful experience. They then participated in an Advanced First Aid Bag Orientation conducted by their own staff at NYUAD.
SSEL meeting with Emirates Foundation (Takatof and Sanid)
Meeting with members of the Emirates Foundation (Takatof and Sanid)
During September and October 2016, Alizeh Batra (Human Subject Enrollment Specialist) and Futtaim Al Hammadi (Research Assistant) met Mohammed Al Abbasi from Takatof, and Mohanned Haroon from Sanid, branches of the Emirates Foundation.
The purpose of these meetings was to discuss how to attract volunteers from the local community to participate in SSEL experiments. Both Mohammed and Mohanned were very enthusiastic about the idea. Following these meetings, Alizeh and Futaim conducted a presentation for volunteers to create awareness about experimental research in the Social Sciences and give information on how to register for experiments.
On February 18, 2017, the SSEL team organized their first experiment with volunteers from the local community. Thirty-eight volunteers first attended a volunteer training session conducted by Sanid, followed by participation in an SSEL experiment.