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Online Psychology Study: How do people understand the thoughts and feelings of others?

By erin_86 - 16 July 2008 28

Hi, 

As part of the requirements of the Honours in Psychology program, I am currently undertaking an empirical research project. I am working under the supervision of Dr Jeff Ward, a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at the Australian National University. This study has been approved by the Human Ethics Committee at the Australian National University.

And I would love it if you could participate in my project!

ALL ARE WELCOME, as long as you are 18 years and over.

This study has been designed to investigate the way in which people understand the thoughts and feelings of others. If you would like more information in relation to the aims of this study, please contact me after you have completed the study.

This study will take approximately 20-30 minutes of your time to complete. You will be asked to read six short transcripts, and respond to a series of questionnaires.

If you would like to participate in this study, please proceed to the following web address:

http://apollo.anu.edu.au/default.asp?pid=2962

 Cheers, and thank you in advance if you decide to participate.

 Erin.

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Online Psychology Study: How do people understand the thoughts and feelings of others?
astrojax 5:08 pm 16 Jul 08

no, head-b, but it is psychology, that other black art! ; )

interesting survey, erin – wonder how you’d go with a mob of aspergers / autists doing it…

Headbonius 4:29 pm 16 Jul 08

So long as it does not involve Thetan healing or Reiki it will be great.

Avy 1:47 pm 16 Jul 08

peterh said :

If he was to complete your survey, it would appear as if he was a female respondent.

That’s part and parcel of social science research. But with enough participants, such intervening and confounding factors can be mitigated or randomised out.

Good luck Erin!

tylersmayhem 1:16 pm 16 Jul 08

I have to say that this is one of the more unique posts I’ve seen on here in a while! No worries, I’ll get surveying now. Good luck with your program Erin!

realityskin 1:16 pm 16 Jul 08

Yours will do fine, thanks Erin.

peterh 1:13 pm 16 Jul 08

erin_86 said :

Hi Peterh,

I think that is a really good point. I will definately keep that in mind for future studies. Hopefully, if I get to do a PhD I will get to investigate other variables such as those you have suggested.

Thanks a lot for participating. 🙂

Cheers, Erin.

Hi Erin,

to give you an example, I have a friend (its not me) who has Klinefelters syndrome, and was raised by his mother. His perception is radically different from those of a normal adult male, possibly due to the influence of his condition (klinefelters sufferers do not produce testosterone) and his mother’s views that she has imparted upon him.

If he was to complete your survey, it would appear as if he was a female respondent.

erin_86 1:12 pm 16 Jul 08

I think I would be pretty pressed to get Ethics approval for that! 🙂

realityskin 1:09 pm 16 Jul 08

Do we get naked pics with it ?

erin_86 12:55 pm 16 Jul 08

The stories are from real people that I interviewed. Three of the stories are almost direct transcripts (changed slightly to correct grammer, tense, etc), and the other three were changed a little bit in terms of content to meet the needs of my study.

johnboy 12:50 pm 16 Jul 08

Interesting set of stories.

Can I ask if they came from real interviews?

erin_86 12:49 pm 16 Jul 08

Hi Peterh,

I think that is a really good point. I will definately keep that in mind for future studies. Hopefully, if I get to do a PhD I will get to investigate other variables such as those you have suggested.

Thanks a lot for participating. 🙂

Cheers, Erin.

poptop 12:48 pm 16 Jul 08

The cover page says the survey will take about 20-30 minutes

erin_86 12:47 pm 16 Jul 08

Hi Danman,

It should take approximately 30 minutes of your time. The first tab asks for basic demographic information (which will be in no way used to identify you or your questionnaire), and six of the tabs only have one question attached. So there are only really eight tabs which require you to answer questions.

Cheers, Erin.

peterh 12:45 pm 16 Jul 08

just completed the survey, you might like to look at the additional influencers for a person’s feelings and emotions, based on health, family status and upbringing.

they will skew your results, if there are abnormalities in the respondents, etc.

Danman 12:42 pm 16 Jul 08

Erin,
I just had a look and there was 15 tabs with questions.
What would be the approx time that it would take to complete the survey ?

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