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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:

Thinking and Depression

Open to anyone 18 and over who wish to participate.

We are seeking adults who are currently experiencing symptoms of depression to complete a brief online study examining how people come up with thoughts and ideas in different situations. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and will take approximately 20-30 minutes.Please click on the link above to learn more and get started with this study.

Developing the PERMA Questionnaire

Open to all those 18 and over who wish to participate

We are developing a questionnaire to measure Dr. Martin Seligman’s well-being theory of PERMA. Please click on the above link to participate in research to help create the PERMA Questionnaire.

Well-Being and Physical Health Study

Open to all those 18 and over who wish to participate

We are seeking to measure well-being in relation to physical health. Please click on the above link to participate in the research.

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.

Thoughts People Have Study

Open to all who wish to participate

This survey is about topics that people think about, and the way they feel when doing so. We will ask you about certain topics and would like to hear about your experience. Your candid responses will help us understand this often neglected part of people's lives. Please click on the above link to enter the study.

21-Day Self-Help Study

Open to all who wish to participate

Help psychologists develop self-help techniques that work. The Positive Psychology Lab at Reed College is looking for people to complete a self-help technique online. Participation involves an average of 5-10 minutes per day for 21 days. Improve yourself as you contribute to research! Email reedpospsych@gmail.com for more information, or to sign up.