“Collecting Narrative Data on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk” by Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Azriel Grysman was recently published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. The article presented the results of Grysman’s study of methods used to collect autobiographical memory narrative data.
In his study, Grysman compared data from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (AMT), a website used by researchers to post studies to be completed online by anonymous users, to data from Rutgers students who completed a memory survey online and to data from Hamilton students who reported their memories verbally and typed them in the laboratory. In the article, Grysman discussed different types of narrative measures as well as assessments conducted, including some work he did with Gina Vargas ’17.
Grysman found that “AMT participants reported shorter event narratives than all groups of college students but reported stressful events that they self-reported as more difficult than college students reporting via the Internet and used proportionally more negative emotion terms than college students reporting verbally to an experimenter.” He concluded that the study “highlights the need to more closely analyze the influence of data collection context on narrative data and emphasizes the value of data collection via AMT.”