The Economist reports, a new trend called crowdsourcing is slipping inside the net as a way for clinicians to do psych experiments, cheaply and easily, according to a story by Laura Shin. Shin reports that psychologists are finding that crowdsourcing -- a way of soliciting opinions from a large group of people, usually online, or to gather psychological information from people across the globe – is changing the very nature of psychology.
Some think we shouldn’t get so caught up in what it is, but on what it does. As eBay is less about the online auction software program and more about “the millions of people who inform, populate, and run the application,” said Glendon L. Moriarty, Psy.D. “Crowdsourcing is about “harnessing social networking.”