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Thank you very much for your interest in our research!

You might agree that sometimes you have felt dissatisfied with what you were doing because it did not relate to the values and goals most important to you. On the other hand, we sometimes experience happiness and fulfillment when we feel that our actions are related to our most fundamental concerns.

At the beginning of this study we will present you with a thought exercise concerned with how your life goals and specific actions are related. This will be followed by three short questionnaires. The study is a joint project of researchers from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. It is run at the University of Cardiff, UK.

For your protection, the researchers have obtained ethical approval for this study from the Ethics Committee of the School of Psychology at Cardiff. If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of this project or its technical operation, please e-mail Martin Bruder (wipfelhauch‑ If you have specific ethical concerns about this study or questions about your rights as a participant, you may also contact Prof Antony Manstead (, the supervisor in charge for this project.

Clicking the "start"-button below is evidence that you have read and understood the following and agree to it:

  • your participation in the study will involve engaging in one thought exercise and answering three questionnaires. Completion will take approx. 10-15 minutes.
  • your participation is entirely voluntary, you may refuse to answer any of the questions, and you can withdraw from the study at any time without without penalty or loss of privilege.
  • you must be 18 years or older to participate.
  • the information provided by you will be held totally anonymously and you will not be identified in any presentation or publication of this research. It will be impossible to trace your data back to you individually. In accordance with the UK Data Protection Act, this information may be retained indefinitely.
  • although your data will be anonymous, you should note that this experiment is not being run from a "secure" https-server of the kind typically used to handle credit card transactions. This means that there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties.
  • many individuals find participation in this study interesting and there are no foreseeable risks associated with your participation. At the end of the study you will be provided with additional information and feedback.

Some questions about yourself...

We would first like to ask you for some information about yourself that we will need to properly analyse your data. Answering these questions will not compromise the anonymity of your data.

Your gender:   Your age:

Your occupation:

Your nationality: 

Your native language:

If English is not your native language, please indicate your command of English:
poor   fair   good   excellent     (English is my native language)

If you would like to begin the survey, please press the start-button.  

principal investigators:
Martin Bruder (Cardiff University, UK), Jochim Hansen (University of Basel, Switzerland), Markus Maringer (University of Groningen, the Netherlands), Arlen Moller (University of Rochester, USA)
contact address:
Martin Bruder, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, UK; Tel: +44-29-20875353
Prof Antony Manstead, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, UK; Tel: +44-29-20870139