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. What is your occupation? Tell us some basic background information about yourself.
I'm a student about to graduate with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I conduct research in organometallic catalytic methods.
2. How did you first hear about Harvard DLABSS, and why did you decide to participate for the first time?
A reddit post a couple years ago. I decided to fill out some of the surveys because it was easy and quick and I know that those responses are valuable data to researchers who sometimes have issues finding enough participants.
3. Why have you continued to participate in experiments on DLABSS?
Same reason I started, it doesn't take much of my time, gives me something to do, and provides valuable data to researchers. Also the chance to win these gift cards is a decent incentive.
4. What is one thing you have learned from one of the experiments you participated in?
People really like to study things that correlate with racial makeup apparently. Lots of surveys about race and sexual orientation and their relations to political opinions and such.
5. In your opinion, what is the best feature of DLABSS and/or its website?
Its nice to have the surveys aggregated on a an internal site rather than linking to outside survey sites. Also nice that it vaguely keeps track of the amount of surveys you've completed and e-mails you reminders about new ones.
6. What about DLABSS do you think could be improved for experiment participants?
I'm not sure, answering surveys isn't a particularly difficult or complex task. I guess keep the website simple and easy to use?
7. If you were talking to someone considering participating in DLABSS for the first time, how would you describe your overall experience?
Good, it's easy and doesn't take much time and doesn't interfere with my day to day life so there's not any downsides to participating. People need survey data, I'm not doing anything with my 10 minutes, everyone wins by filling out these surveys.