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Work could heal the mind: microtasking from a cognitive perspective

Posted on by Katri Saarikivi

Recent studies of cognitive disorders have found that basic cognitive exercises can help to restore the level of cognitive processing. In this article guest writer Katri Saarikivi discusses how task based work, and in particular microtasks, offer exciting opportunities for not only the treatment of cognitive dysfunction, but also reducing lost productivity in the workplace.

Cognitive difficulties in different …

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When stupid beats smart: the power of collective ignorance

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… it’s that our brains are far less reliable than we may think (one look at Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases is enough to make anyone want to trade theirs for a Commodore 64). With such clear evidence that individual brains are unreliable, why should we assume that collective reasoning is any better?

Thankfully, researchers Stefan M. Herzog and Ralph Hertwig have investigated this very question, and set out to challenge Thomas Carlyle’s observation that “I do not believe in the …

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Confidence tricks: can crowdsourcing keep our feet on the ground?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… where their understanding is good. This is known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect, and is one of many cognitive biases that affect us all.

Only the lonely

In a world where we’re told to think big and believe in ourselves, can we avoid becoming victims of our own accidental arrogance? The Dunning-Kruger Effect has one important limit: it only applies to individuals (except me, of course). This is where the crowd may offer a way to keep our feet on the ground.

Here at Microtask we’ve …

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Gaming the system: how rewards affect performance

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… LSE. All the data points to the same conclusion, that “once a task calls for even rudimentary cognitive skill, a larger reward leads to poorer performance.” This, of course, has serious repercussions for gamified incentive schemes.

A badge too far

Gamification usually works by layering game-like rewards over existing sites and concepts. You take something people are already intrinsically interested in and use gaming to give the service an “engagement boost”. So Nike+ …


Can you crowdsource Christmas?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… bit of linking) gives me the chance to recommend some of this year’s top crowdsourcing books.

Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirkey is a great book on the creative potential of human-computer interaction. In these heady days of Wikileaks, it’s easy to forget the wiki that started it all: Good Faith Collaboration is a brilliant reminder of the power and extraordinary achievements of Wikipedia – the original and best.


Although there have been several food companies …

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