Using MTurk to Study Addiction

A new study investigated whether people who are addicted to alcohol, marijuana and gambling can be effectively studied using MTurk. The answer?

“The results suggest that the self-report data obtained from alcohol and gambling populations are of high quality, however, caution is warranted with cannabis populations.”

Those last four words are Words to Live By.


Kim, H. S., & Hodgins, D. C. (2016). Reliability and Validity of Data Obtained From Alcohol, Cannabis, and Gambling Populations on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Psychology of addictive behaviors: journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors.

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