Crowdsourcing Samples in Cognitive Science

Publisher: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 21, issue 10
Oct 01, 2017
Neil Stewart, Jesse Chandler, and Gabriele Paolacci
Crowdsourcing data collection from research participants recruited from online labor markets is now common in cognitive science. We review who is in the crowd and who can be reached by the average laboratory. We discuss reproducibility and review some recent methodological innovations for online experiments. We consider the design of research studies and arising ethical issues. We review how to code experiments for the web, what is known about video and audio presentation, and the measurement of reaction times. We close with comments about the high levels of experience of many participants and an emerging tragedy of the commons.