Social Psychological and Personality Science

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2020

Abdullah Almaatouq, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Peter Krafft, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
David G. Rand, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Alex Pentland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Yarrow Dunham Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
Social Psychological and Personality Science, Journal Year: 2020, Volume and Issue: 11(2), P. 151 - 159

Published: Jan. 1, 2020

Crowdsourcing has become an indispensable tool in the behavioral sciences. Often, the “crowd” is considered a black box for gathering impersonal but generalizable data. Researchers sometimes seem to forget that crowdworkers are people with social contexts, unique personalities, and lives. To test this possibility, we measure how crowdworkers (N = 2,337, preregistered) share a monetary endowment in a Dictator Game with another Mechanical Turk (MTurk) worker, a worker from another crowdworking platform, or a randomly selected stranger. Results indicate preferential in-group treatment for MTurk workers in particular and for crowdworkers in general. Cooperation levels from typical anonymous economic games on …

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151-159

Roland Imhoff, Professor for Social and Legal Psychology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany
Pia Lamberty Social psychologist who is pursuing her PhD at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz
Social Psychological and Personality Science, Journal Year: 2020, Volume and Issue: 11(8), P. 1,110 - 1,118

Published: Jan. 1, 2020

During the coronavirus disease pandemic rising in 2020, governments and nongovernmental organizations across the globe have taken great efforts to curb the infection rate by promoting or legally prescribing behavior that can reduce the spread of the virus. At the same time, this pandemic has given rise to speculations and conspiracy theories. Conspiracy worldviews have been connected to refusal to trust science, the biomedical model of disease, and legal means of political engagement in previous research. In three studies from the United States (N = 220; N = 288) and the UK (N = 298), we went beyond this focus …

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1,110-1,118