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Yair Amichai-Hamburger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199639540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639540.001.0001

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The Internet as Psychological Laboratory Revisited: Best Practices, Challenges, and Solutions

The Internet as Psychological Laboratory Revisited: Best Practices, Challenges, and Solutions

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(p.253) Chapter 13 The Internet as Psychological Laboratory Revisited: Best Practices, Challenges, and Solutions
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Edward G. Sargis

Linda J. Skitka

William McKeever

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639540.003.0013

This chapter tackles the topic of online research. It argues that social psychologists increasingly use the Internet to facilitate their studies and goes on to examine the prevalence of Internet-based research in top-tier social psychological journals and provides an overview of the growing body of research on best practices for Internet-based research. The chapter assesses general presentation guidelines for online questionnaires, how question response formats affect scale reliability, and strategies to improve the quality of responses from online participants. It includes a discussion of the considerations involved in populating online studies and general guidelines for ensuring the security of Internet-based data.

Keywords:   prevalence of Internet-based research, best practices for Internet-based research, online questionnaire guidelines, populating online studies, data security

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