Paper - Online Developmental Science to Foster Innovation, Access, and Impact

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    • author: Mark Sheskin, Kimberly Scott, Candice M. Mills, Elika Bergelson, Elizabeth Bonawitz, Elizabeth S. Spelke, Li Fei-Fei, Frank C. Keil, Hyowon Gweon, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Julian Jara-Ettinger, Karen E. Adolph, Marjorie Rhodes, Michael C. Frank, Samuel A. Mehr, Laura Schulz
    • title: Online Developmental Science to Foster Innovation, Access, and Impact
    • year: 20202020

  • The paper highlights the need for a unified online experiment platform for developmental psychology, a "CRADLE" (Collaboration for Reproducible and Distributed Large scale Experiments)
  • The platform would include recruitment, experiment implementation, data collection and data sharing
  • They outline a variety of advantages an approach like this would have:
    • Increase sample size and diversity
    • decouple family and researcher location (giving more researchers the opportunity to do research)
    • design sharing between research teams is easier
    • the studies can be administered by computers or other researchers, greatly improving reproducability
    • longitudal data collection is a lot easier
  • The authors state that the development of such a system is hindered by current funding and incentive structures that promote specific research projects over infrastructure development and maintenance.
    • They further fear that this job will be done by a for profit organization, much like amazon mechanical turk has done for adult studies.
  • The authors also mention CHILDES Talkbank and The Databrary Project, audio and video data repositories respectively.