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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.

What's Your Problem Solving Style?

You are being asked to participate in a research study by the principal investigator Dr. Alan Goodboy and co-investigator Joe Wasserman in the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University. You must be 18 years of age and use a non-mobile device. You are being asked to respond to questions about your approach to solving problems and to solve problems. Completing the questionnaire and submitting it indicates that you have agreed to participate in a study.

This questionnaire will in no way be linked to you or, if you are a current student, your instructor of the classes you are enrolled in. There are no right or wrong answers and participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may skip certain questions if you want and you may stop completing the survey at any time without fear of penalty. Your actual performance in this study and your refusal to participate or withdrawal from this study will no way affect your class standing, grades, job status, or status in any athletic or other activity associated with West Virginia University. There are no known risks associated with participation in this study, and it should take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

After completing this questionnaire, you may opt-in to a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. The drawing will be held within one week of the close of the survey, and the winner will be notified via email.

If you wish to participate, please visit:

If you would like more information regarding this research project, feel free to contact the co-investigator Joe Wasserman at (304) 293 – 3905 or by email at This study has been acknowledged by West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board. Thank you for your participation.


Dr. Alan Goodboy
Principal Investigator

Joe Wasserman

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

Immersive Storytelling

You are invited to participate in a research study about the use of technology to tell stories in online videos. The study will require you to do two things:

If you wish to participate in this study, please visit this link to learn the complete details of the study, fill out the initial survey, and reserve your study session:

Everyone who participates in this study will have the opportunity to enter a random drawing for one of eight $50 Amazon gift cards. Also, if you are a student enrolled in a Reed College of Media or a Department of Communication Studies course, you may also be eligible to receive research credit (extra credit) for participation in this study—please consult with your syllabus and instructor for details. The study is open to all WVU students over the age of 18.

This study has been reviewed by WVU’s Institutional Review Board, Protocol #1707688211.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of our research team below:

Dr. Nick Bowman 
Associate Professor, Communication Studies 

Dr. Geah Pressgrove 
Assistant Professor, Reed College of Media 

Jennifer Knight 
PhD Candidate, Communication Studies

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.