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The benefits of "crowdsourced" research

What is crowdsourced research?   Briefly, “crowdsourced” research involves several individual researchers who coordinate their resources to accomplish goals that would be difficult to achieve individually. Although there are several different ways in which researchers can work collaboratively, the current blog is focusing on projects where several different researchers each collect data that will be pooled together into a common analysis (e.g., the “Many Labs” projects, Ebersole et al., 2016; Klein et al., 2014; Registered Replication Reports [RRR], Cheung et al., 2016; Wagenmakers et al., 2016; “The Pipeline Project,” Schweinsberg et al., 2016). Below I try to convince you that crowdsourcing is a useful methodological tool for psychological science and ways that you could choose to get involved.  Eight benefits of crowdsourced research First, crowdsourced research can help achieve greater statistical power. A major limiting factor for individual researchers is the available sample of par…

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