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Attention in Action Research

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating people's attention in daily life. Previous attention research has typically been confined to the laboratory and this limits the conclusions. This is why we would like to find out about your attention habits in daily life. As we would like results in real-time, we ask participants in this study to reply to messages sent to their mobile phone (using secure services, see details below).

These are the message questions:

To answer the first question you may wish to use the activity list here (please note that occasionally you may prefer not to divulge the nature of your activity, in this case please answer 'private')

Your reply may look something like this:

As you can see there may be more than one thing that diverted your attention (note that mind wandering counts as attention diversion!). A happiness rating of 42 suggests they were somewhat unhappy (50 is neutral).

Another example of a reply: 

This example is from someone that is multi-tasking. In this case, please provide the time 
period over which you did both tasks even if one was longer than the other. In this particular example, talking to the another person (the brother) was a distraction and not the main activity.

Note that if distractions last over one minute it would help if you estimate how long in total (as in the example above). 

Note that these are just examples; you are welcome to provide more information if you wish!

*Please reply to the texts as soon as you notice them (the number of texts per day would be in the range that you select in the participation form; minimum is 3).

*All of your data will be kept anonymous, in an encrypted format, detached from your personal identity, and stored anonymously in secure UCL facilities in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998).

*The study runs over a 10 day period and you will not be contacted every day.

*We will only send texts between 10am-10pm - please notify the researcher if you prefer a different range of times. 

*You are free to withdraw from the study at any point if you change your mind without giving any reason (simply text "OPT OUT").

*All participants are offered entry into the ‘Attention in Action’ study raffle to win one of five £25 retail vouchers of either Amazon, Argos, John Lewis or M&S(*you can indicate your choice upon winning). Winners will be announced on November 2, 2015 on  

*If you have any questions please contact us.