What are the validation tasks in Skill Lab: Science Detective used for?
We need to use cognitive tasks alongside the games as a means of calibration, that is to say, as a way to ensure that the skills tapped by the games are the same tapped by psychological experiments. This is important because we need to be sure the games are providing reliable data for understanding cognitive skills. In addition, the data from the validation tasks are also used to improve the model we use to estimate the cognitive skills.
We know that the tasks are time-consuming and less entertaining than the game itself. However, the more people play these tasks and games, the more accurate our estimations will be in the future.
As a reward for your dedication we will also give you a diploma of participation as proof of your contribution to science and to reveal the type of detective you are!
We hope that the potential of this research will encourage you to complete the validation tasks in Skill Lab: Science Detective.
Thanks again for supporting our work. Your help is invaluable to our Citizen science project!