Fall 2019 | Volume 35
BRITE Lab News Blast
A publication from the UW-Madison BRITE Lab
Announcements, Reminders, & Upcoming Events
  • Rolling application procedure for BRITE Lab small grants this year (RFP). If you are interested in BRITE Lab small grants, please contact Lab Director Justin Sydnor with a short description of the study. Justin encourages graduate students or those newer to behavioral/experimental research to reach out at early stages of their study planning and conceptualization.

  • Contact Felix to book time in the lab or indicate an intention to book. We currently have four studies scheduled to run in coming weeks. Remaining open dates: Oct 18 to Oct 31 and Dec 9 to Dec 20. Please check the calendar for full schedule.

  • Send interesting things to Justin and/or Felix. If you see any papers, conferences, graduate student workshops, resources, etc. that might be of interest to the broader BRITE Lab community, please send along the info to Justin and Felix. 

  • Interested in Running Online Survey Studies with the BRITE Subject Pool? If you would be interested in running online studies (e.g., Qualtrics) with the BRITE Subject Pool, we may be able to facilitate that. Payments would have to be made either via gift cards sent through email after the study or potentially in cash to be picked up in person by the participants. There are some limitations and things to know about using gift cards, but Justin has been talking to the financial management staff to understand those processes better. Please get in touch with Justin if you would like to consider running such a study.

We will use this space each week in the news blast for Justin to share new ideas he thinks may be of interest for our behavioral & experimental community. If you ever have ideas for topics, please share your ideas with Justin .

This Week's BRITE Idea:

Note from Justin

We are trying something new this semester with BRITE Ideas, where we hope to frequently feature short write-ups of research from our “BRITE community” of researchers. These might be studies conducted at the BRITE Lab or with BRITE funding, but need not always be. The following one is contributed by Kevin Chung
Sharing from Kevin :

A third-party reviewer can be a person, company, or government agency and can be found in a plethora of sectors and industries. Recently, there has been mounting evidence that calls into question just how unbiased some third party review systems are.

Two colleagues and I ran a study at the BRITE Lab to examine factors affecting the decisions of third-party raters and their impact on producers/service providers. We manipulated two factors (1) whether the rater and the service provider know each other’s identity, and (2) whether the rater and the service provider interact repeatedly.

We find that decisions of both the rater and the service provider are very sensitive to the relational factors that govern their interaction. When the rater and the service provider know each other’s identities, we observe a high proportion of overrating even though raters earn less monetary rewards for doing so, and the propensity to overrate is even stronger with repeated interactions (see below). Furthermore, the service provider chooses low quality levels. 

This paper is now published at Management Science .
Interested in booking research time in the Lab?
View available time on our Lab Calendar;
email requests to the Lab Manager, Felix Zhan

Volume 35 | October 11, 2019