The Psychological Basis of Motivation to Take Part in Online Citizen Science
26 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2019
Date Written: October 1, 2019
Increasing motivation to contribute to online citizen science projects can improve user experience and is critical in retaining and attracting users. Drawing on previous studies of motivation, this paper suggests self-determination theory as a framework for explaining the psychological constructs behind participation in Citizen Science. Through examining existing studies of motivation for 6 Zooniverse projects through this lens, the paper suggests how appealing to basic psychological needs could increase participation in online citizen science, considering current practices and directions for future developments and research.
Keywords: citizen science, motivation, self-determination theory
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