Session 1
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As explained to you in the laboratory, the experiment will give you the opportunity to work on the sliders task in session 2 (on 18.06.2018) and on the counting zeroes task in session 4 (on 26.06.2018). The two tasks correspond to the practice screens that you completed in the laboratory. On 18.06.2018 the website will contain 40 screens of sliders; each screen will contain 40 sliders to be positioned. On 26.06.2018 the website will contain 40 screens with tables of ones and zeroes; each screen will contain 10 tables with 40 numbers each, and you will have to count the number of zeroes in each table.
As a reminder, a slider looks as follows:
A table looks as follows:
Table 1
How many zeroes does Table 1 contain?
We will now remind you of the payment rules for these tasks. Each screen will comprise a button "Submit" to submit your current answers, and a button "Finish" to leave the task and terminate the session. As soon as you submit a screen with correct answers, this screen counts as completed. You will be rewarded for every batch of 5 screens that you complete, even if you need several attempts for one (or several) of these 5 screens.
For the first batch of 5 screens you receive 5 Euros. For screens 6-10 you receive 4 Euros. Hence, if you complete 10 screens you will receive 9 Euros. The following table displays the bonus associated with every batch of 5 screens, as well as the cumulative earnings. This table will be shown to you again every time it is relevant for your decisions.
Number of screens completed | Payment for this batch of 5 screens | Cumulative payment |
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1-5 | 5 Euros | 5 Euros |
6-10 | 4 Euros | 9 Euros |
11-15 | 3 Euros | 12 Euros |
16-20 | 2 Euros | 14 Euros |
21-25 | 1.5 Euros | 15.5 Euros |
26-30 | 1 Euro | 16.5 Euros |
31-35 | 0.5 Euros | 17 Euros |
35-40 | 0.1 Euros | 17.1 Euros |
There is an additional rule. Today we will already ask you how many screens of sliders (for session 2) and how many screens of tables (for session 4) you would like to complete. Then the computer will choose randomly which of the following payment rules will apply.
Rule 1 - BINDING - with probability 5% : The decision that you make today will be binding. This means that you will not be able to complete more screens in the corresponding session that the number you choose today, and that you will not receive any bonus for that session if you complete fewer screens than you decide today.
Example: Suppose that you decide today to complete 10 screens on 18.06.2018 and 15 screens on 26.06.2018.
If Rule 1 applies, this means that you will have to complete exactly 10 screens of sliders on 18.06.2018 and exactly 15 screens of tables on 26.06.2018.
If you complete fewer than 10 screens in session 2, you will not receive any earnings for that session.
If you complete 10 screens in session 2, you will receive the bonus corresponding to 10 screens.
You will not have the opportunity to complete more than 10 screens in session 2.
Similarly, if you complete fewer than 15 screens in session 4, you will not receive any earnings for that session.
If you complete 15 screens in session 4, you will receive the bonus corresponding to 15 screens.
You will not have the opportunity to complete more than 15 screens.
Rule 2 - FREE - with probability 95% : The decision that you make today will not be binding. This means that you will be free to choose how many screens to complete on 16.06.2018 and 26.06.2018 irrespective of the decision you make today. You will then be paid for each batch of 5 screens completed according to the payment scheme described above.
You will report your decision on the next screen, and we will then immediately inform you of the rule (1 or 2) selected by the computer.
Questions
To check your understanding and before we ask you to report your decision, we will ask you three questions. Your answers have no influence on your earnings, but we will proceed to the next screen only when you answer all questions correctly.
To answer the next questions, suppose that you decide today to complete 10 screens in session 2 and 15 screens in session 4.
Note: the numbers of screens used in the description and in the example were randomized.