Research study to examine the effects of emotional state on intuitive decisions

30 Minute Survey

Greetings Firefighter,


My name is Wyn Taylor. I am a graduate researcher at The University of Texas at Arlington in the Experimental Psychology program. I am requesting your participation in an important study. The purpose of this research is to examine how different emotional states affect intuitive decisions in three comparison groups –pre-college adults, post-college adults, and firefighters.


People develop mental short cuts that aid in quick decisions. If someone is approaching you aggressively on the street, you may not have time to consider all the possible reasons they may have, or if they may be reasonable. You sometimes have to make a quick, intuitive decision based on mental short cuts to determine how to respond.


We all utilize heuristic-based intuition, but some professions are conducive to the development of what is considered skilled intuition. Certain characteristics of firefighting, as a profession, make firefighters a group that is likely to develop skilled intuition. This makes firefighters an important comparison group for my research and this is why I need you to participate in my dissertation research project.


The study is completely anonymous; therefore, it does not require you to provide your name or any other identifying information. The study should take approximately 30 minutes to complete, depending upon your answers. It involves an emotion induction procedure, a decision task, an activities survey, and a few demographic questions. Participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw from the study at any time.


As thanks for your participation, at the end of the study each participant will be offered a chance to be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card.


If you would like to participate in the study, please follow the link below. You will need to be in an undistracted environment for about 30 minutes.


Click on the link below for the survey:


Thank you for your time and consideration.

Wyn E. Taylor, M.S.


PhD Candidate/Graduate Researcher

University of Texas at Arlington

Psychology Department

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