Using Amazon Mechanical Turk ( Https )

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METHOD PARTICIPANTS Participants were recruited using Amazon Mechanical Turk (https://www.mturk.com/), a crowdsourcing Internet marketplace in which “workers” can complete Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) in exchange for gift certificate credit on Amazon.com. Our workers/participants were limited to adults residing in the US, and all their responses were kept anonymous. Participants were directed to complete the survey on Qualtrics.com, an online survey tool. On the Mechanical Turk site participants must reach the end of the survey before they receive a validation code that they enter into mTurk to receive their compensation. Moreover, participants in our study are recruited through Amazon’s website, and have previously agreed to Amazon…show more content…
Participants were compensated approximately $__ for their participation, which was the rate recommended by Amazon 's guide to Best Practices for mTurk. We did ask for demographical information like race, gender, age and receding state. Participants had to be married for at least 3 through 25 years. We only used first time-marriage participants in order to reduce any compounding variables. PROCEDURE Participants were given an informed consent. Random numbers were given to each participant and were randomly placed in one of the three groups: positive humor, avoidant humor, and control (somatic features). The manipulation for this study was to prime each group differently before taking the questionnaires. The positive humor group was asked to think of a moment when their spouse used positive humor, humor used to reduce tension and bring closeness. The avoidant humor group was asked to think of a moment when their spouse used avoidant humor, humor that is used to avoid conflict or change the topic. The control group was then asked to think of their spouse’s somatic features. Each group then had to take two measures the KMS (Kansas Marital Satisfaction) scale and the CSI (Couples Satisfaction Index). MEASURES KMS In order to measure marital satisfaction, we used the KMS scale (Schumm, 1986). The KMS is a short 3-item, 7-point Likert scale. The KMS was used to ask participants their level of marital satisfaction based on their satisfaction with their marriage, spouse, and the
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