Field of Science

VerbCorner (and others) on SciStarter.Com

There is a brief profile of our crowd-sourcing project VerbCorner on, with a number of quotes form yours truly.

SciStarter profiles a lot of Citizen Science / Crowd-sourced Science projects. Interestingly, most are physical sciences, with only one project listed under psychology (interestingly, also a language project).

This is not a feature of SciStarter but more a feature of Citizen Science. The Scientific American database only lists two projects under "mind and brain" -- and I'm pretty sure they didn't even have that category last time I checked. This is interesting, because psychologists have been using the Internet to do research for a very long time -- probably longer than anyone else. But we've been very late to the Citizen Science party.

Not, of course, that you shouldn't want to participant in non-cognitive science projects. There are a bunch of great ones. I've personally mostly only done the ones at Zooniverse, but SciStarter lists hundreds.


IdeaMan said...

I found your site by following a link from I ws playing verbcorner. One of the questions had a problem with because the correct answer wasn't listed. I didn't know how to answer and there was no feedback link so I am giving you feedback in this comment.

The question was:

Stephanie squashed the vatters together. Has anything or anyone changed physically?
• Stephanie
• The vatters
• None of the above (whew!)
• Can't tell because in this context 'squash' has more than one meaning.
• Can't tell because the sentence is ungrammatical.
• Can't tell because I don't know that verb.

My beef is that squashing the vatters may or may not permanently physically change the vatters depending on whether the vatters are elastic.

I chose [Can't tell because in this context 'squash' has more than one meaning.] but that's not right, either because the meaning of squash is the same in either situation. You need an option of "Can't tell whether the change is permanent or physical based on the object of the action".

Josh said...

Hi IdeaMan -- Thank you for your interest in the project and your participation. I actually think the instructions cover this case. "Only send out repair robots if you are sure something changed." In this case, it sounds like you think it is possible that nothing changed. (BTW My interpretation is that even in the elastic case, I would lean towards things having changed, but part of the purpose of this project is to have judgments from a wide range of people rather than just mine!)

Does that make sense, or do you think the instructions are still ambiguous?