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Here you can download documents explaining in more detail how the experiments work and there are also links to published papers as well as the less formal coverage we have received publications ranging from Nature to online blogs.


Documents and Information

The Imitation Game is run online using bespoke software created for us by Martin Hall at the University of Southampton. The documents listed below are based on handouts we have created for students using the method and give a general idea of what is involved.

  1. Sample Participant Information Sheets and Consent Forms
  2. Instructions for Imitation Game

Please note that you will need a username and password to use the software so please contact either Harry Collins or Rob Evans before trying to use it.


Published Paper/s

Collins, H M, Evans, R J, Ribeiro, R and Hall, M (2006) ‘Experiments with Interactional Expertise’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 37 (4): 656-74. Available online from: 

Draft Working Paper: Harry Collins and Robert Evans 'Quantifying the Tacit: The Imitation Game and Social Fluency'.


Web Coverage and Other Links

New: Imitation Game Coverage Page for 2011 including a story by Matthew Reisz in the Times Higher Education Supplement 2011, and article from Medical News Today 2011.

The Imitation Game has been featured in an article in Nature. The main focus of the argument is Harry Collins’s ability to pass as a gravitational wave physicist but the article also refers to other work on expertise including that reported in the SHPS paper listed above. If you have on-line access to Nature, you can read the article by clicking on the reference below.

Giles, Jim (2006) 'Sociologist fools physics judges'. Nature, Vol. 442 (6 July 2006), p. 8.

The Nature article also prompted a number of articles in online magazines and blogs. For more on these see:

The Imitation Game also gets a mention in an article by Matthew Reisz and published in the Times Higher Education Supplement on 7 December 2007 (pp. 18-19).