Utah Pair Project

Researchers at the University of Utah are looking for participants for a large-scale study on dating experiences. Specifically, we are looking for newly dating couples to learn how their dating experiences unfold over the next six months.

This study is the first of its kind, and we hope that it will greatly improve our understanding of how people’s dating experiences change and develop over time.

To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must currently be seeing someone new. Specifically, we are looking for couples who went on their first date together fewer than six months ago.
  1. You must live within driving distance of the University of Utah (Salt Lake City)
  2. You must be at least 18 years of age
  3. You must be fluent in English

What the study entails. First, you and your partner will each be asked to complete an online questionnaire about yourself and your dating experiences. Next, you will be asked to come into the lab together and complete several surveys about your relationship experiences and have several filmed conversations about positive and negative events in your lives. Finally, you will be emailed a short survey (less than three minutes) each week for the next six months.

Compensation.Each component of the study will be compensated separately. For the initial survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $100 Amazon.com gift cards. For the lab session, you and your partner will each be paid $25 for participating ($50 total). For the weekly surveys, you will each be paid up to $50 ($2 for each weekly survey).

If you are interested in participating, please email us at utahpairproject@gmail.com, or fill out the contact form below. One of our research assistants will get back to you soon!

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The information posted on this site is consistent with the research reviewed and approved by the University of Utah Institutional Review Board (IRB). However, the IRB has not reviewed all material posted on this site. Contact the IRB if you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant. Also contact the IRB if you have questions, complaint, or concerns which you do not feel you can discuss with the investigator. The University of Utah IRB may be reached by phone at (801) 581‐3655 or by email at irb@hsc.utah.edu.