It’s Research Time!

I think I’ve mentioned this semester’s research project here once or twice. Well, it’s been approved by our Institutional Review Board, and it’s data collection time! If you’d like to participate, read on.

I’m conducting research into attitudes about body size and health at Indiana University Southeast and I’d like to invite those of you who are at least 18 years of age to participate.

My study has been approved by IUS’ Institutional Review Board and assigned protocol number 14.55. Below the cut, you’ll find a full description and a link to the survey, which should take around 10 minutes to complete and which is housed on the Qualtrics website.

Please feel free to forward this link to anyone who might find it interesting. Together, I hope we can learn a little more about how people feel about the relationship between body size and health.


IRB #14.55

You are invited to participate in a research study of attitudes about health and body size. To participate, you must at least 18 years old.

The study is being conducted by Asher Taylor under the supervision of Dr. Meghan Kahn in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University Southeast.

If you choose to participate, you will complete an online survey that will take approximately 30 minutes. The survey includes questions about your feelings about your own body size, other body sizes, and health.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may choose not to participate, and if you do choose to participate, you can stop at any time.

The risks of completing the survey are minimal, but some participants may feel uncomfortable answering some questions.

While completing the survey, you can tell the researcher that you feel uncomfortable or do not care to answer a particular question.

If you experience any psychological distress as a result of taking in part in this study, you may contact Dr. Michael Day, Director of IU Southeast Counseling Services in UC South Room 201 or at (812) 941-2214 or

Efforts will be made to keep all information confidential, and no identifiable information will be collected.

There is no cost to participate in this study and no participant be paid to participate. Participants recruited through Indiana University Southeast’s participant pool may receive extra credit or course credit as assigned by their instructors

Again, participation in this study is voluntary. Leaving the study will not result in any penalty or loss of benefits to which you are entitled. Your decision whether or not to participate in this study will not affect your current or future relations with Asher Taylor or Dr. Meghan Kahn.

About asher

Me in a nutshell: Standard uptight ballet boy. Trapeze junkie. Half-baked choreographer. Budding researcher. Transit cyclist. Terrible homemaker. Neuro-atypical. Fabulous. Married to a very patient man. Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2015). Proto-foodie, but lazy about it. Cat owner ... or, should I say, cat own-ee? ... dog lover. Equestrian.

Posted on 2014/10/17, in research, school and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Robert Holland

    Reading all that fine print has caused me psychological distress. I shall be contacting Dr. Michael Day of IU Southeast Counseling Services immediately.

    • Writing even the part of it that I wrote caused me no small measure of the same! You have my sympathies in having to read it. Glad you were able to read it well enough to find Dr. Day (whose first name is Micah, btw) ;D

  2. All done! Though I do think that since my lifestyle is so, um, different it makes me an outlier which may skew the data.

    • Thank you! Don’t worry, outlier data is important, too ^-^ (And maybe balance my Survey Karma – I’m often an outlier, myself!)

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