The seminar presents the methodology and design of trust experiments to members of the academic staff and last-year graduate students at the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Nizhniy Novgorod University. In the medium term, the goal is to introduce the course into the regular curriculum of the department. Afterward, the staff members and graduate students trained in the seminar would be able to offer such courses or to run trust experiments and to analyze the results.
The seminar consists of two one-week courses. Part I conveys methodological aspects of human behavier experiments, a tutorial on how to conduct such experiments and an introduction into the software z-Tree used for such experiments in the computer lab. Part II of the seminar follows up on the objectives of the first course and delves deeper into selected aspects of experimental research. In particular, the second part will provide participants with the opportunity to conduct a trust experiment themselves. This will allow them to apply the content from the first part of the course in designing and carrying out a trust experiment and then analyzing the data gathered in that experiment.