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Text message interpretation — How do young adults interpret sender moods, attitudes, and intentions in text-based interactions?

Young adults between ages 18 and 30 might be eligible to take part in this novel online study

You are invited to participate in a novel online study looking at how young adults interpret text messages.

This is a research study led by Dr. Lyn Turkstra at the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. The experimental task will be conducted online on an external website called Pavlovia. During the task, you will be shown short text message exchanges between two people. After reading an exchange, you will be asked to rate one of the following about the respondent in the exchange: their mood/attitude, playfulness, politeness, or sincerity. The task is estimated to take about one hour, but you may complete it quicker. You may take breaks at any time.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Fluent English speaker
  • Between ages 18 and 30
  • Studying at McMaster University


If you are interested in participating in the study, please contact the researcher Imad Ali at alii15@mcmaster.ca. This study is part of the researcher's undergraduate senior thesis project. The recruitment is expected to end September 2021.