Simultaneous multiplayer studies on Mechanical Turk

Title: Simultaneous multiplayer studies on Mechanical Turk (Click here for the video)
Speaker: Winter Mason (Stevens Institute of Technology)
Date: Wednesday, October 10th
Time: 12-1pm
Room: GHC 6501

In this talk I will describe in detail a technique for running multiplayer studies using Mechanical Turk, developed by myself and Siddharth Suri.  I will explain the methods we used and the results we observed, using two studies as running examples.  In the first study, participants played a game in which they were unknowingly placed in a network and asked to search a hidden payoff function.  In the second study, participants were also placed unknowingly in a network and played a public goods game with their network neighbors.  To conclude, I will outline some difficulties that can arise and discuss other studies that could be useful with this technique.

Winter Mason received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Cognitive Science from Indiana University in 2007. From 2007-2011 he worked as a Visiting Scientist at Yahoo! Research in the Human and Social Dynamics group, and is currently an assistant professor in the Howe School of Technology Management at Stevens Institute of Technology. His research draws from psychology, cognitive science, sociology, and computer science, with a particular focus on social influence, group dynamics and crowdsourcing.