Rutgers Wellness Study

Researchers at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, Rutgers School of Public Health, and Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science are studying the ways digital behavior can be used to predict changes in a person’s mental health.

Research funded by the Rutgers Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness and led by Professor Vivek Singh, is looking to study the interconnections between wellness and human behavior as recorded by digital devices.

Participants in this study will be required to download their Google account data through Google Takeout, a feature that will allow it to be encrypted and shared with the research team. Then over the course of 10 weeks, each participant will fill out a short 30 minute survey most weeks, and an hour long survey at the beginning, middle, and end.

Anybody who is 18 years or older, lives in the US, is comfortable answering survey questions in English, and uses Google on a regular basis is eligible to apply.

Eligibility criteria are:

Age 18 or older, living in the US, comfortable answering survey questions in English, having a phone, and having a Google account which has location enabled, and has been actively used for searching and email in the last three months. The users will receive a total compensation of $120 for participation in the study. The three study sessions will be spread over three months and pro-rated payments will be $25, $35, and $60 respectively for the three longer survey weeks.