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Who are the participants on Prolific?

Where are Prolific's participants from?


Prolific is only available for participants from most OECD countries, with the exception of Turkey, Lithuania, Colombia and Costa Rica.

In addition, Prolific is also available to participants in South Africa.

Participants who are not from our supported countries can still participate if they live in a supported country.

How old are Prolific's participants?


All participants on Prolific are at least 18 years old

How do participants hear about Prolific?


Participants are primarily recruited to Prolific via word of mouth, including word of mouth via social media.

When Prolific was founded in 2014, our participants were recruited via three channels:

  1. Social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and various other online forums).
  2. Flyer distribution on university campuses.
  3. The Prolific referral scheme (ceased March 2019). This allowed participants to invite their social network to join Prolific, in return for small cash incentives for the referrer.

To explore our active participant take a look at our check sample tool!


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