Actually we do not want to be too specific about the setup and the goals of our experiments, as this could create biases in the data we collect. In general we test economic and psychological theories of behavior in markets, bargaining, dilemma situations, risk taking, etc. As a subject you should not care so much about our motives for collecting the data. You should rather make decisions which you deem to be good decisions.
At the beginning of an experiment you receive precise instructions with all the necessary information. You can be sure of the following:
- There is no deception in the instructions! You can trust the rules which you receive from the experimenters. Also your compensation will be made as announced in the beginning of each experiment.
- In general your decision data is stored anonymously. You will be explicitly and clearly notified beforehand if this is not the case.