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Active Research Projects

This page contains links to many of the  WVU Interaction Lab’s currently active online research studies. Here, you will be able to see all the projects we’re collecting data for. We would like to invite you to participate in these studies on media uses and effects, which includes topics like social media, virtual reality, and video games.

Many of these studies will be open to international participants, are sometimes presented in a variety of languages, and may offer compensation or prizes for participation. Check out our active surveys below for more information on each, and for links so that you can participate.

Current Studies – Participate Now!

The following studies are currently available. You are welcome to take as many of these surveys as you like! Note that some may have particular eligibility requirements for participation—click on each survey to learn more.

Dating and Initial Interactions

You’re invited to participate in a research study about how potential dating partners use information to make social judgments in initial interactions. This study is being conducted by Liesel Sharabi, Ph.D., in the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate, but you do not need to be single. You’ll receive extra credit for participating, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win one $50 e-gift card to Starbucks or Chipotle (your choice).

This study will take about an hour to complete. First, you’ll fill out an online survey with some background information about yourself. That way, you’ll get to see some information about your partner, and your partner will get to see some information about you. Second, you’ll come to the lab for a 30-minute session, which will involve filling out a few surveys and having a brief, recorded “get-to-know-you” conversation with your partner. So, it’s pretty easy!

Your participation in this study will be kept as confidential as legally possible. There are no risks to you beyond the obvious discomfort you might experience from interacting with someone new for the first time. Your decision to participate or decline participation is entirely voluntary. You may skip any questions you don’t want to answer. You may also terminate your participation at any time without penalty to you, your class standing, or your job, grades, or status with West Virginia University. This study has been acknowledged by the Institutional Review Board.

Participation is first-come, first-served. The study will close once all available spots are full. To participate, please visit

Thank you for your time and participation.


Liesel Sharabi Ph.D.   
Assistant Professor   
Principal Investigator

If you would like to be informed of future studies, you are invited to sign up for your research panel email list by clicking the following button:

Interaction Lab Research Panel Sign-up

For more information on the Interaction Lab (#ixlab), please contact  Dr. Nick Bowman.