I am a social psychologist (and game enthusiast/procrastinator) and some of the research that I do would be really interesting to put into a flash game format — this would enable me to run studies (collect data) and have it be fun for participants at the same time.
I was wondering whether anyone would be interested in working on a made-to-order game of this sort. I don’t have a huge budget, but I do have some money — and the games would be very simple.
One possible example: I study the sunk cost effect in different contexts — this is the idea that once people have “invested” in something, they often feel compelled to justify that investment, even if it means investing more money in a losing venture. In a game format, imagine a very simple car racing game. First, people would (sometimes) have to decide whether or not to pay a race entry fee. Then, in some instances, right before the race you learn that your car has a high risk of malfunctioning in some way. A sunk cost study would test whether people who had paid an entry fee were more likely to enter the race anyway.
Then there would also be a simple racing part — it would be a fun little game and I could collect data.
Any thoughts? Suggestions for where to go to find someone to help me with this? Any takers? Thanks!