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01 November 2011 @ 08:16 pm
Signal boost: opportunity to participate in academic research  
I've known (online) the person doing this study for more than a decade. I am willing to vouch for his academic and research ethics.

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE
Research Recruitment Statement
Examining Bases of Knowledge and Attribution in Law

Please Tell Us What You Know About the Law!

We are doing some research to determine how much knowledge the average person has about the law. If you are an American citizen who is old enough to vote and to serve as a juror in criminal and civil trial proceedings, we’re really interested in what you have to say about this topic.

The study will be conducted online at surveymonkey.com, and involves only minimal risk. There are no known harms or discomforts associated with this study beyond those encountered in daily life. It can help us better understand the general population's understanding of law. Participation in this research study is completely voluntary. The alternative to participation is to not participate in this study.

Please take just 30 minutes to take this survey. The survey consent form, which will go into more detail about the study, the risks, and the protections available to you as a research subject is available at the URL below.

If you have any questions about this research, you may contact the investigator of this study, Adam Sanford MA, Department of Sociology, at asanf001@ucr.edu, and the faculty advisor of this study, Robert Hanneman Ph.D., Department of Sociology, 951-827-3638, robert.hanneman@ucr.edu. If you have any comments or questions regarding the conduct of this research or your rights as a research subject, please contact the Office of Research Integrity by phone (951-827-4811/4810/6332), by email (irb@ucr.edu) or at University Office Bldg #200, Riverside, CA 92521.

You can access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Know_Att_Law
 
 
 
seawaspseawasp on November 2nd, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
I suspect it's not at all about knowledge about law. That's the ostensible purpose. This is a common psych design. It's just that there were a couple of obvious "one of these things is not like the others" which pretty much screamed at me "I am not measuring your knowledge of the law, but your ethical and political choices"
redneckgaijin: doubt disbelief bullshitredneckgaijin on November 2nd, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
This. This was pretty obviously NOT about knowledge of law as such, but about public support for specific laws in regard to specific social issues.

Most especially: "Which do you think is illegal in your state?" is meaningless when they never ask WHAT STATE YOU LIVE IN. (Also, in many cases on the subjects of the poll, county and city ordinances also come into it, not just state law.)
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: Libraryfatfred on November 2nd, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)

I wonder if I should help... but I work in a Law School...
The Renaissance Manunixronin on November 3rd, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
I would say that claiming this is a survey about what people know about the law is ... um ... let's say disingenuous. There is a grain of truth in the description, but what it really is is a survey on attitudes about civil liberties and whether they should be legal or not.


(Yes, I just completed the survey. And, "Not complaining, just reporting.")