What would you say to 48,000 researchers?

What would you say to 48,000 researchers?

We’re sending out a newsletter at the end of this month to our international mailing list of 48k researchers, and we’d love to have a section where we showcase the things you’re all up to. Let us know by Feb 24th 11AM GMT what you want to showcase. It can be:

  • Cool research you’re currently running on Prolific
  • A conference you’re organising/speaking at
  • Papers you’ve just published
  • Big opportunities to collaborate

Or anything else! We’ll look at your suggestions, and include them if you impress us :wink:

Reply below!

Very nice idea! I’d be excited to share my recently published paper with the rest of the Community. My colleagues and I used Prolific to recruit participants for an experimental study examining cooperative behaviour and the role of norms. It’d be great if you want to consider it for the newsletter! Please find the reference and abstract in what follows. :slight_smile:

Catola M, D’Alessandro S, Guarnieri P, Pizziol V. Personal norms in the online public good game. Economics Letters. 2021 Aug 12:110024.

This paper shows that personal norms have a prominent role in explaining pro-social contribution in an online public good game. This finding suggests that the role of social norms might be loosened when subjects are distanced and interaction occurs online and in complete anonymity. Moreover, we found no statistically significant difference between the elicited norms and the norms that were elicited in a group of subjects not facing the contribution task, thus ruling out a potential self-justification bias.

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This is great, and we’d like to include it!

If you could summarise the results for a layperson, what would you say?

A shared view among social scientists says that people tend to conform to others. In an experimental study conducted on Prolific, we show that instead, people tend to follow more what they believe is the right thing to do rather than what they think is others’ behaviour and beliefs.

Perfect - thanks!

I have recently published a paper on different motives for striving of power (dominance, prestige, leadership) and how these motives relate to dark personality traits such as narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. Given the current political situation, I guess this topic is unfortunate very much up to date.
Read more in the open access paper: Distinguishing the Explicit Power Motives

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Lovely - you’re a candidate for our next edition!