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Beyond online participant crowdsourcing: the benefits and opportunities of big team addiction science

Pennington, Charlotte R., Jones, Andrew J., Tzavella, Loukia, Chambers, Christopher D. and Button, Katherine S. 2022. Beyond online participant crowdsourcing: the benefits and opportunities of big team addiction science. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 10.1037/pha0000541

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Participant crowdsourcing platforms (e.g., MTurk, Prolific) offer numerous advantages to addiction science, permitting access to hard-to-reach populations and enhancing the feasibility of complex experimental, longitudinal, and intervention studies. Yet these are met with equal concerns about participant nonnaivety, motivation, and careless responding, which if not considered can greatly compromise data quality. In this article, we discuss an alternative crowdsourcing avenue that overcomes these issues whilst presenting its own unique advantages—crowdsourcing researchers through big team science. First, we review several contemporary efforts within psychology (e.g., ManyLabs, Psychological Science Accelerator) and the benefits these would yield if they were more widely implemented in addiction science. We then outline our own consortium-based approach to empirical dissertations: a grassroots initiative that trains students in reproducible big team addiction science. In doing so, we discuss potential challenges and their remedies, as well as providing resources to help addiction researchers develop these initiatives. Through researcher crowdsourcing, together we can answer fundamental scientific questions about substance use and addiction, build a literature that is representative of a diverse population of researchers and participants, and ultimately achieve our goal of promoting better global health. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)

Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 1064-1297
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 November 2021
Date of Acceptance: 26 November 2021
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2022 13:57

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