Letting go of control with remote participants!

Hi! My name is Ashleigh and I’m part of the Gorilla team. I’m very much looking forward to getting to know you all! The Gorilla and Prolific communities have a shared passion for high-quality online research and so this is a great opportunity for us all to learn from each other.

When we talk to researchers about online research one of the most commonly cited concerns is ‘but how do I know what my participants are doing if I can’t see them?’ Hands up if you’ve ever thought this! I know I have.

In the lab we have a sense of control because we can see the participant, but does that guarantee they are actually fully focused on your task? Is it actually just an illusion of control? And perhaps there’s such a thing as too much control!?!

Read the article here and then come back and let us know what you think! What are your key tips for working with remote participants?

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