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Do you solve puzzles like a robot?

You're about to take a test on LabintheWild. Your participation allows us to learn more about how people around the world solve puzzles. The results from your test will also tell you something about yourself!

Please read the following information carefully before proceeding.

Why we are doing this research? We are trying to understand how solving puzzles in different orders affects a person's ability to solve new puzzles.

What you will have to do? We will ask you to solve puzzles. More instructions about this task will follow.

What you will get out of it? We will give you feedback on how your results compare to those of other participants and of a computer. The final results from this experiment will be posted on our webpage and presented at conferences. Please email Professor Carrie Demmans Epp (demmanse@ualberta.ca) if you would like us to send you a copy of the results when they are ready.

The experiment is not designed to benefit you and has no known risks, but you may enjoy it and enjoy comparing your results with those of other participants.

Privacy and Data Collection? We will not ask you for your name. Any data that we collect will be securely stored on our servers. We will delete your data if you do not complete the study or you tell us not to use it, but we cannot remove your data once you have received your results.

Everyone is welcome to try to solve our puzzles, but we will only use the data of those who are at least 18 years old in our research.

Duration? You will solve puzzles for about 15 minutes.

Contact information? Please contact Professor Carrie Demmans Epp or Michael Bowling of the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta (Canada), by email at demmanse@ualberta.ca or mbowling@ualberta.ca if you would like to know more. Both Carrie and Michael would be happy to answer questions about this study and what we are doing.

The plan for this study has been reviewed by a Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta ( Pro00082392). If you have questions about your rights or how research should be conducted, you can call (780) 492-2615. For international calls include the Canada Calling Code: +1‐780‐492‐2615.

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  • It’s okay to skip puzzles. We will give you another chance to do them after we’ve given you your results.

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Why are we doing this?

We don’t know the best puzzle order to give to people to help them learn how to solve puzzles and other types of problems. Figuring this out will help us to know how to support people’s learning so that learning materials can be better designed.

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