About the creator of YourPsyche.org
YourPsyche.org was created by me, Ista Zahn. I am a graduate student at the University of Rochester. I am very interested in using the internet to change the way research is done in social psychology. I believe we can overcome many of the problems that have plagued our field for years (such as chronically small sample sizes and over-reliance on college student participants) by collecting data on the internet.
YourPsyche.org was designed with collaborative research in mind. We want to collaborate with psychologists and researchers in order to provide our visitors with the most interesting studies possible. Current collaborators include:
- Jackie Anson is a graduate student at the University of Rochester.
- Wilbert Law is a graduate student at the University of Rochester
- Samantha Roblin is an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester
We're looking for other interested researchers to join us. If you're interested in hosting your studies on YourPsyche.org, please contact me.
Motivation for creating YouPsyche.org
Internet research is becoming increasingly popular, but there are relatively few places where you can participate in interesting research and get high-quality feedback. Many of my colleagues in psychology use a web service called SurveyMonkey to host internet surveys. I wanted to create a website that improves on that idea by allowing participants to view detailed feedback about studies they participate in, and to allow researchers to create more interesting on-line studies that include things like reaction-time measures. YourPsyche.org is my effort to do just that -- I hope you enjoy it!
This website is for anyone who wants to learn about themselves and others by participating in psychology studies. The home page lists currently available studies (be sure to read the descriptions first!). Once you complete a study, you will be able to view the results from the study in a variety of ways. You can see how your responses compare to those of others, and you can see how responses differ by demographic variables like age or gender. If this sounds interesting, then this website is for you!
Using the website