The latest winner of our monthly $50 Amazon gift card lottery agreed to answer a few questions about her experience working with DLABSS on multiple experiments. We have posted her responses below:
1. What is your occupation? Tell us some basic background information about yourself.
I am a laboratory manager for a psychology research lab, where I am responsible for the recruitment, execution and general oversight of human subject research experiments.
2. How did you first hear about Harvard DLABSS, and why did you decide to participate for the first time?
I heard about Harvard DLABSS via a craigslist posting. I suppose I participated for the first time because, as a researcher myself, I am naturally interested in research studies. My being a researcher also lends a kind of empathy for the (often difficult) process of subject recruitment, so I like to contribute when I can.
3. Why have you continued to participate in experiments on DLABSS?
In addition to the reasons mentioned above, the subject matter of the experiments is interesting and the online format makes participation incredibly easy.
4. What is one thing you have learned from one of the experiments you participated in?
I don't know if I could answer this too specifically, although I'm sure I come away from each experiment with some contemplation on both the subject matter and my own responses.
5. In your opinion, what is the best feature of DLABSS and/or its website?
The clear and simple layout of the website makes it extremely easy to choose and complete studies.
6. What about DLABSS do you think could be improved for experiment participants?
Obviously guaranteed compensation for participation is desirable from a participant perspective, although I'm sure that's unrealistic for the lab. Otherwise, I cannot think of any necessary improvements!
7. If you were talking to someone considering participating in DLABSS for the first time, how would you describe your overall experience?
I would describe the overall experience as positive. Compared to other studies that I've participated in, both in person and online, these studies are generally far more interesting. Additionally, the ease of completing the experiments online and on your own time is great- if you have fifteen minutes to kill, why not?