Benefits and Challenges in Pivoting to Online When Studying the Cognitive Aging of Memory


This case study discusses challenges and advantages associated with pivoting from lab-based to online research. We outline three experimental studies related to memory and cognitive aging that were shifted online due to the pandemic. Across these projects, we experienced difficulties in experiment implementation, participant recruitment, procedure compliance, and conference presentations. However, we also found noteworthy advantages to conducting experiments online across these four aspects of the research process. Based on our experiences, we outline solutions we used to remedy the problems we encountered and suggest essential considerations for researchers moving their research from the lab to online.

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