The article, “Experimental Psychology: The roar of the crowd” from the issue of “The Economist” for the period 25.5-01.06.2012 reports on using methods of crowdsourcing for new, far more representative survey scenarios.
Many of the results of experimental psychology, according to this article are questionable because they are often based on tests with students at Western universities. These are not a representative group, neither for people in the West nor and still less for the whole world. This confirms doubts expressed by Christoper Ryan and Cacilda Jethá, the authors of the book “Sex at Dawn” about methods and results of psychological experiments.
One question that I miss: the results may not only lack because of the surveyed participants, but also because the researchers tend to work in western thought patterns.What do you think? Leave a comment here (please scroll down to end of page) or send me a question through the contact form or the FAQ.
Notice: This article is translated – and some contents might have been added or left out to better meet the needs of an international audience – from an original article on one of my german websites Viktor-Leberecht.de or Polygamie-ist-gut-fuer-sie.de (engl:Polygamy is good for you). How i do my translations. Last updated: July 20, 2012 at 17:39 pm © Viktor Leberecht All rights reserved. Please feel free to share my content, but on republishing this post please provide a link to the original post, which happens automatically when you use Social-Sharing-Services. What do you think? Leave a comment here or send me a question through the contact form or the FAQ.Tags: Cacilda Jethá, Christopher Ryan, Crowdsourcing, Economist, Experimental psychology, Sex at Dawn