(Psychology Electronic Experiment Booking System - Frequently Asked Questions)
PEEBS is the online experiment
booking system for the
Department of Psychology
at the university of York.
Researchers set up experiments which list a number of free time slots and participants can sign up to these
for a cash reward or course credit (subject hours are part of our porgramme requiremnt).
We have mailing list of participants who like to earn some cash Mailing List.
Anyone can use PEEBS to sign up for an experiment. Primarily designed for people at the University of York
PEEBS has the ability to handle external users
(people without University of York logins) via the Universities web-access control system
YES if it is more than 30 mins until the slot. It is crucial to let the experimenter know if you cannot
make it for any reason, especially if within 24 hours, as the experimenter will waste time
preparing the experiment and waiting for you to turn up. If you can not show up please email or phone the experimenter
ASAP. Their details show up when you try to cancel a booking or from
The data about your status (left right handed etc..) never leaves PEEBS, and is used only
to select which experiments you are eligible for. Some Experiments require their participants
to meet certain criteria, PEEBS allows this to be specified.
PEEBS is restricted by Departmental Research Committee guidance.
Peebs is open to Members of staff (faculty, RAs, RFs) and postgraduate research students
The view remains that opening it up to
undergraduate and MSc *projects* would affect the ability of PhD students, RAs,
post-docs and academic staff to recruit participants at the required rate.
Use of PEEBS will not extend to undergraduate or MSc projects. It can be used by
students working on lab placements, in which case the experimental description
must clearly specify the member of staff for whom the placement student is
working. The placement student will be given access to PEEBS for the purpose of
running the experiments that form part of the placement.
See who can use it above ? If you are faculty or PhD student you can promote yourself from the
Edit My details
page. If you
are doing a lab placement then you need a Manager or Admin to promote you. Some faculty are managers. If in doubt email
peebs At psychology dot york etc.
YES - PEEBS will warn you when setting up two experiments at the same time in the same location but allow you to do so.
When one experiment. books the slot it becomes unavailable to the other experiment.
YES - when defining the slots tell PEEBS how many people can book that slot.
Yes - create one time slot with however many participants you want.
This allow people to register an interest in your experiment.
You need to be a manager (faculty) or speak nicely to one, remember to add directions and
keep to the naming scheme.
I sometimes clean up the list of experimenst and remove "New Experiments'
which have not been defined (ie no title or details). People often create these when starting out
and don't edit them but create a new one. The we have these undefined
ones lying around so I delete them.
Edit your experiment and either
- set the 'Maximum Filled Slots' to 1 (or less than currently signed up) or
- set Max Slots per user to 0 or
- remove all the unfilled slots still available future
Any of these will disable sign up.
We have a university-wide email list of people who we call on when we
need participants (Psychology Subjects Mailing List), in return for a
When you create a new experiment on peebs, you can send
an advertisement to this mailing list -
to advertise your experiment.
Let me know, PEEBS errors/bugs and feature requests are all welcome, there is even a section on
PsychBoard for discussing PEEBS especially for improvements. Contact via email to
peebs AT psychology dot york etc.
PEEBS is a database driven system. It uses Mysql and Cold Fusion to define, store
and present information.
Peebs was commissioned and funded internally by the department and was designed
in conjunction with the research committee. All the initial development was conducted by
Andrew Wilkinson (Dept Comp Sci) and Rob Stone. Subsequent development and tweaks have been
made by Rob Stone.