The Online Volunteer Subject

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Research using online research participants is here to stay. Understanding who these subjects are, and specifically what kind of biases and selection mechanisms they bring to our research studies will be important for the future of human-subjects research as our studies rely more and more on the Online Volunteer Subject. Here we extend a method validated to understand biases in inperson research subjects to the online laboratory. Using this method, we attempt to replicate and extend this work as a tool for other researchers to use in their own online studies to quantify potential biases and space for treatment heterogeneity.

Ryan Watkins