I don’t know about you, but I usually enjoy participating in polls, surveys, and the like. Well, last week, I received an email from a graduate student asking for participants in her social psychology project. Here is the bulk of the message:
My name is Maggie Campbell, and I am a social psychology graduate student at Clark University, working under the direction of Professor Johanna Vollhardt. I would like to invite you to take part in a survey concerning your beliefs about good and evil. You will also be asked about your worldviews and your opinions on social issues. It will take roughly 20 minutes to complete this survey and you will be entered into a raffle for am Amazon.com gift card. We are giving away (2) $50 gift cards and (2) $25 gift cards. The deadline for participating in this study is October 25th.
This survey is anonymous and none of your answers can be traced back to you. Please do not put any additional identifying information on your survey. Please only take part in this survey if you are 18 years of age or older. Your participation is completely voluntary and you are free to leave any questions unanswered. You may drop out of the survey at any time. At the completion of the survey, you will be directed to another webpage where you will be asked to enter your email address in order to be entered into a raffle for an Amazon.com gift card. Your answers on the survey cannot be traced back to the email address you supply. Please feel free to email the researchers (MaCampbell@clarku.edu or JVollhardt@clarku.edu) with any questions, concerns, or if you are interested in receiving information about the results.
To access the survey, please use the following link: http://ww3.unipark.de/uc/good_and_evil
Now, I’ve already been to the site and run through the survey myself to make certain it is on the level. After all, I would never recommend that anyone should go to a website which masquerades as something that it is not.
I’m pleased to say that I found the survey to be worthwhile. It explores a variety of topics such as politics, ethics, and various moral questions. If you have a bit of time to spare, I encourage you to follow the above link and help out Ms. Campbell’s research. You might even learn something about yourself.
Assuming I get permission from the creators, I’d like to share their results on this blog once they are concluded. After all, due to the demands of society, so many people wear a facade of some form or another. So, what do we truly think about the burning questions of the day when we can answer anonymously and without repercussion? I’m looking forward to finding out!