Q&A with June 2016 DLABSS Gift Card Winner

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 work as a caregiver for an adult with autism here in Oregon. I grew up in Oregon and my job is a great way to feel like I'm helping people but also allows me to explore the state from a unique perspective which is a great experience.

2. How did you first hear about Harvard DLABSS, and why did you decide to participate for the first time?

I don't remember exactly how I found DLABSS, but I assume it was a link somewhere online or possibly mentioned in the article about the results of a study. I decided to particapte for the first time because it seemed interesting. Besides, I enjoy filling out surveys, it gives me a small sense of accomplishment.

3. Why have you continued to participate in experiments on DLABSS?

In the past I've taken surveys in a vain attempt to make some extra money, but I continue to participate in DBLASS because I feel like I'm providing some value to collective knowledge even if there is no personal reward. Mostly I've continued to participate because they continue to be interesting.

4. What is one thing you have learned from one of the experiments you participated in?

I think the biggest thing I've learned is that I'm incredibly over confident in predicting what direction a set of questions is leading. Every time I guess what the purpose of a set of questions was I always turn out to be wrong.

 5. In your opinion, what is the best feature of DLABSS and/or its website?

The best feature of DLABSS is that it opens up social science research to a group of people that are often entirely missed when research is conducted using college students. The participant pool is still self-selected, but it's a different self-selected group and that's probably a good thing.

6. What about DLABSS do you think could be improved for experiment participants?

The website seems to have some minor compatibility issues when running Linux, but that's really a minor quibble.

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 experience as generally pretty good. It's an opportunity to do something that's both interesting and potentially helpful without it actually being particularly difficult which is rare in life.