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Penn Positive Psychology Center Online Research Program

Invitation to Participate

Want to Participate in Positive Psychology Research?

The Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, headed by Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, needs you for our online research studies.

Participation in any of the studies is completely voluntary, and you may drop out of them at any time. These studies all comply with university and U.S. government guidelines for the protection of human subjects and of your online privacy.

These studies may include multiple questionnaires and repeat visits, with possible assignments between visits to the web site. You'll be notified by email whenever your continuing participation in the study is needed.

Select from Among Our Current Research Studies

Click on any study title for more information:

Two Week Positive Intervention Study for Increasing Well-Being

Open to all adults who would like to participate, age 18 and older.

Certain simple daily activities may help to improve individual well-being. This study is designed to test the effect that different activities can have on increasing well-being. The study begins with a survey that will take 10-15 minutes to complete, and you will receive instructions to complete over the next two weeks, and then return to complete follow up measures. All tasks can be done at home. Please click on the link above to learn more and begin the study.

Three Week Online Intervention for Stress Reduction

Open to native English speakers, between ages 18 to 35.

Please help us evaluate new stress reduction software designed at the MIT Media Lab. Eligible participants will be given free, three week access to our online web application software. Participants will be asked to login to the application and complete some simple stress reduction and well-being exercises. All study tasks can be done at home. The approximate weekly time commitment will be 25 minutes per week. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Please click on the link above to learn more and get started with this study.

Friendship and Well-Being Study

Open to all who wish to participate

Few studies have looked at the relationship between friendship patterns and well-being among adults. In this study, you can help us understand how the friendship patterns people have relate to their well-being. All participants may request the contact person for details of the results upon the completion of this study. Click on the above link to enter the study.