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Reward Enhances Online Participants’ Engagement With a Demanding Auditory Task

Bianco, R; Mills, G; de Kerangal, M; Rosen, S; Chait, M; (2021) Reward Enhances Online Participants’ Engagement With a Demanding Auditory Task. Trends in Hearing , 25 10.1177/23312165211025941. Green open access

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Abstract

Online recruitment platforms are increasingly used for experimental research. Crowdsourcing is associated with numerous benefits but also notable constraints, including lack of control over participants’ environment and engagement. In the context of auditory experiments, these limitations may be particularly detrimental to threshold-based tasks that require effortful listening. Here, we ask whether incorporating a performance-based monetary bonus improves speech reception performance of online participants. In two experiments, participants performed an adaptive matrix-type speech-in-noise task (where listeners select two key words out of closed sets). In Experiment 1, our results revealed worse performance in online (N = 49) compared with in-lab (N = 81) groups. Specifically, relative to the in-lab cohort, significantly fewer participants in the online group achieved very low thresholds. In Experiment 2 (N = 200), we show that a monetary reward improved listeners’ thresholds to levels similar to those observed in the lab setting. Overall, the results suggest that providing a small performance-based bonus increases participants’ task engagement, facilitating a more accurate estimation of auditory ability under challenging listening conditions.

Type: Article
Title: Reward Enhances Online Participants’ Engagement With a Demanding Auditory Task
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/23312165211025941
Publisher version: tps://doi.org/10.1177/23312165211025941
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Keywords: Speech-in-noise, coordinate response measure, CRM, remote testing, bonus
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > The Ear Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10130467
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