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SAM Lab Workshop: Getting Started with Amazon Mechanical Turk: A Researcher's Guide

Location: FAB B17

This workshop is for faculty and graduate/undergraduate student researchers who are interested in using Amazon Mechanical Turk to collect online data. Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing platform that allows researchers to connect with a diverse (international) pool of online study participants. Additional information about MTurk can be found here: The workshop will cover the following topics:

  1. What is MTurk?
  2. Basic MTurk vocabulary
  3. How to set up a Requester (i.e., researcher) account
  4. How to create a Human Intelligence Task (HIT)
  5. Who are the MTurk "workers"?
  6. Best practices and Ethical concerns
  7. How to circumvent the 40% MTurk fee

Handouts that include step-by-step instructions for researchers will be provided.

Workshop Host: Melissa Pope, SAM Lab Consultant

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Deborah Hall ( or the SAM Lab (