Let it never be said that I’m not a generous gal.
I even offered myself (and the mister) up for research.
Goodness, I hope they give me this shirt when it’s all said and done.
Ok, maybe it’s not as wackadoo as it sounds.
Right before the mister and I got hitched, I learned of a research study being conducted about newly married couples at the University of Texas at Austin.
I thought, “This oughta be fun.”
So I emailed the contact and asked if they were still accepting suckers… I mean… applicants.
It turns out, the mister and I would be married just right before the marriage cut off date, meaning we would be one of the last couples accepted into the study.
Just guess which one of us dances like this when we get good news. (hint: it’s me)
So for nearly three years we’ve been sending saliva samples, submitting questionnaires, providing interviews and being videotaped all in the name of (soft) science.
I have to admit, it’s actually been kinda fun.
Honestly, how many couples get to look back at their relationship in their first years of marriage, really think about how they are doing and what the issues might be, and then catalogue and discuss it? Bonus, the information gets to be used to help determine what makes a couple strong and/or stay together.
We’ve filled out our most recent questionnaires and today we go in for another interview and to drop off saliva samples. (who says research isn’t sexy?)
If you’re interested in the study, check out Austin Marriage Project. The mister and I are enrolled in Study 1.
I don’t think the information is really earth-shattering or anything, but it’s been interesting to see how the process of “reasearchering” is conducted.
If you’re interested in finding out what research studies are near you, a simple Google search should yield some pretty interesting results.
Have any of y’all participated in research studies (crazy or non)?