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Observer Article

Under the Hood of Mechanical Turk

When Amazon launched a product called Mechanical Turk (MTurk) just over a decade ago, the e-commerce giant billed it as an online service to enable a marketplace of workers to complete tasks in exchange for payment. But it didn’t take long for the product to become a significant research tool in psychological science worldwide. ... More>


Observer Article

Video as Data

Children’s behavior is rich, complex, and fascinating. But it is transient. At every time scale, from milliseconds to months, behavior happens and then it vanishes. Newborns’ “gas smiles” metamorphose into expressions of real pleasure, babies’ babbles become reciprocal conversations and teen poetry jams, and infants’ awkward toddling steps transform into ballet recitals and soccer goals. But all of it disappears into the ether as soon as the moment has passed. ... More>


Observation

AAAS Honors Psychological Scientist for Fight Against Torture

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded its 2015 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award to psychological scientist Jean Maria Arrigo. ... More>


How Winning Leads to Cheating


Three Tactics for Tackling Unethical Behavior

Lying, cheating, and stealing cost the global economy billions of dollars each year, but researchers have identified three key strategies that organizations can use to reduce unethical behavior. ... More>