The latest winner of our monthly $50 Amazon gift card lottery agreed to answer a few questions about his experience working with DLABSS on multiple experiments. We have posted his responses below:
1. How did you first hear about Harvard DLABSS, and why did you decide to participate for the first time?
I believe I heard about DLABSS in a craigslist posting. I decided to participate because I thought that the subject matter seemed interesting and I could voice my opinion on the matter. It seemed a good way to give back to the data on my community.
2. Why have you continued to participate in experiments on DLABSS?
I continued participating in the studies because there was a big breadth of topics that I could take part in, which made it very interesting. A big part of the reason why I took some time to do surveys was the chance to be part of social science research, plus most surveys were not too cumbersome or long.
3. What is one thing you have learned from one of the experiments you participated in?
I learned a whole lot more about US presidents than I ever thought I would! Some of the surveys asked about political ideologies that I was not too knowledgeable about, so afterwards I would look them up online.
Also, I learned that survey development can be a complex thing!
4. In your opinion, what is the best feature of DLABSS and/or its website?
I think the best, and most unique, feature would be being able to take part of this master database that offers participants a chance to be part of different surveys and areas of science. Moreover, being able to receive notices about surveys is great!
5. What about DLABSS do you think could be improved for experiment participants?
I was sometimes confused when the emails mentioned I had completed X% of surveys, and maybe language could be a bit clearer when talking about those. Furthermore, I tended to get duplicate emails a lot of the times.
6. If you were talking to someone considering participating in DLABSS for the first time, how would you describe your overall experience?
I'd say it seems to be an easy way to take part of surveys and research within the comfort of your own personal space; usually [experiments] are very interesting and timely which helps for those of us who are busy. An added bonus is the chance to be able to win a gift certificate.