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Budapest Fieldwork and LO Workshop

Budapest Fieldwork and LO Workshop

Earlier this month, the IMGAME team spent a very pleasant, if rather hectic, week in Budapest. Over the course of six days, we managed to run two Step One sessions and also collected data from nearly 800 Step Two participants. We also had a very successful LO workshop and gave a seminar in the Department of Philosophy and History of Science at Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

The aim of the fieldwork was to run another comparison between individual and group games in order to see if the pattern observed in Granada — i.e. that group games produce lower pass rates — could be replicated in other settings. The fieldwork was scheduled to begin on Monday 5 May but, due to a what turned out to be a minor software problem, we ended up running both the group and individual sessions on Tuesday 6 May.

After this, we began the mammoth task of collecting enough Step Two data to enable meaningful comparisons to be made between male pretenders responding to questions generated in group and individual games and between female pretenders responding to questions generated in group and indivudal games. As we ideally need 200 Step Two Players for each comparison, this gave Zoltan Salley, our Local Organiser, the unenviable task of recruiting 800 participants in about 48 hours. As with all our LOs, he rose to the challenge and, by midday on Friday we had successfully collected data from 373 male pretenders and 377 female pretenders. A truly magnificent job!

All that remains now is for him to recruit the necessary 200 Judges 🙂

Finally, on Saturday 10 May, we had our annual Local Organisers workshop. LOs or their colleagues from Helsinki, Wroclaw, Rotterdam, Granada, Geneva, Palermo and (of course) Budapest were present. As with previous year’s we discussed some methodological issues, identified things that worked well and set out the fieldwork agenda for the next academic year. Most importantly, this year saw a real change from previous years: at least half the day being devoted to presentations from Local Organisers in which they described the work they have done using Imitation Game data. The topics included projects on migration studies, conversation analysis, and medical sociology. It was genuinely exciting to see the Imitation Game being developed in new and unexpected ways and proved, if proof were needed, what we already knew to be true: that these are a really great bunch of people.

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