Is online crowdsourcing a legitimate alternative to lab-based research?

Here are some helpful papers making the case for online crowdsourcing:

  1. This paper shows that online crowdsourcing can be legitimately used for collecting data, and that it allows to collect high quality data inexpensively and rapidly.
  2. Here's a paper showing that results from a lab experiment were indistinguishable when replicated online.
  3. Here's a more nuanced perspective on lab vs. online experiments: some effects replicate online, others don't.
  4.  This one is a great example of a high-impact paper published in the journal Nature using MTurk samples.
  5. Finally, this new paper shows that Prolific is better suited for scientific research than MTurk.
You can read more on the  advantages and limitations of online samples here.
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