I’m starting a study (my first on Prolific!) in which participants are asked to complete trials as quickly as possible (we have a small bonus for each trial completed). They have an overall time limit (~30 minutes) and “as much time as they need” to plan during each trial. During piloting, I discovered that some participants might not care about their performance, despite the bonus – one took about 6 minutes to plan a single trial (the average seems to be around 2-10 seconds).
I don’t think an attention check would be possible in this scenario, but I’m not sure how to handle a participant who obviously just let the countdown timer go and did not attempt to work quickly. We thought about something like a pop-up saying “Hey are you still working?” with a three strikes and you’re out or something like that, but due to the constraints of the task, that won’t be possible. Do y’all have any ideas about what to do in this situation?
I can provide more information if that would be helpful. Thanks,P.