Sunday, April 25, 2010

do it for science

Dear Friends,

My name is Alex Steger. I conducting a psychological study of chess players as a research project, and I would like to invite you to participate.

I am a research assistant at the Neuropsychology Clinic of Louisiana. I am conducting this study through the NCLA to investigate correlations between emotional stress and performance during a chess game.

In this study, you will play a game of chess and write down how you felt during your thinking time. There are 10 feeling words you will rate on a scale of 1 to 5. You will record your response after playing your move. The games will be played online at the Internet Chess Club (unrated) and the time control will be 45 45 (G/45 with a 45 second increment). You will then submit your game and responses to be analyzed as part of the study.

Additionally, you will take a personality test with 325 questions, which we estimate will take about an hour to complete. Some optional demographic information is collected as well; however, if you do not feel comfortable answering the demographic questions, then you may omit them.

The information you provide will help further research in psychology and chess. All games and questionnaires will be kept confidential by the researcher (Alex Steger), and the data will be reported anonymously. Personally identifying information will be destroyed at the conclusion of the study.

For participating, you will receive 1) the results of your personality test, 2) an analysis of your chess game, and 3) a $10 gift card to These will be mailed at the conclusion of the study.

If you are interested in participating, please submit your information using the sign up form on this site. You will then receive a packet containing all of the necessary materials, including a postage-paid response envelope.

More information here. If you have any questions, please email:
Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best Regards,
Alex Steger


Anonymous said...

Couldn't locate the sign up form mentioned.

Alex Steger said...

It seems I neglected to mention the actual site for the study!

Please visit

for complete details about participating.

Liquid Egg Product said...

"Additionally, you will take a personality test with 325 questions"

Please don't tell me that if I just answer "A" to every question, I don't get the gift card.