Melissa Etter

Survey Says: Some People are More Likely to Respond than Others!

Presented by: Melissa Etter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Wagner, Associate Professor of Psychology

This research project was created to investigate the potential relationship between several factors of personality and one’s attitudes towards taking surveys. It was specifically hypothesized that two factors of McCrae and Costa’s (1987) five-factor personality scale, commonly referred to as OCEAN, would correlate with a high desire to take surveys: Openness to Experience and Agreeableness. Self-reports such as surveys are an integral part of psychological research; therefore, we believe it is important to study the types of people who are more likely to participate in data collection. To study this potential correlation, we gave 115 participants a two-part survey to fill out. The first part of the survey consisted of a short-form version of the OCEAN test with ten items to rate themselves on using a one to seven scale. Next, they filled out a forty question survey that we created called the “Desire to Participate in Surveys,” which they again used the same one to seven scale to rate themselves on. While we are still waiting to input our data into our software and determine whether our hypothesis was supported or not, we anticipate having our results before Ignite.


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