Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer 2012 Study Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Summer 2012 crossword study! Detailed instructions are available at: http://www.tech.mtu.edu/~shanem/xword

The goal of the study is to understand the visual, memory, and decision making components of crossword expertise.  We are interested in participants across the range of skill; both experts and novices. You may have been contacted directly or may have found out about the study some other way.  Everybody is welcome to participate (currently windows only).  The whole study takes less than an hour (a lot less if you are a good crossword player), and it does not have to be done all at the same time.

It involves downloading and running a piece of software that will let test your crossword puzzle ability as well as some related simple tasks.  Your data gets automatically sent back to our servers so we can record your performance.

The software includes a 'word stem completion' trainer that you can use to improve your ability to recognize what letter patterns form words.

Please post any questions or support requests at this blog posting.