Journal Study

The purpose of this study is to understand the effects of recording daily activities on people’s well-being and opinions. Participants often report the experience of self-reflection to be interesting or valuable and you will be helping Connection Lab build our understanding of people’s experiences.

Participants will be asked to answer some initial questions about themselves in a 15-20-minute survey; and then to complete 5 journal entries based on instructions provided by Connection Lab over the course of a week (at least 15 minutes per entry), and then another survey (15-20-minutes) at the end of the week. They will also be asked to complete an additional 15-20-minute survey one-month later. Thus, the study takes about 2-3 hours, total.

Participants will receive a $20 gift certificate for their initial participation, and another $10 for participation in the one-month follow-up.

If you are interested in participating, e-mail us at

This study has received ethics review and approval by IntegReview Institutional Review Board (Protocol Number CONNECT2017_03).

Developing a Measure of Self-Connection

An important step in our work, is a recent study aimed at developing a new measure of self-connection. This study of over 500 diverse adults tested a new measure of self-connection developed by Connection Lab. This will allow researchers, including us, to ask new and important questions about how self-connection plays a role in people’s well-being, resiliency, and relationships to others and the world around them. Results are being prepared for publication.

The Role of Values and Value Alignment in Connection and Life Meaning?

This brief online intervention study examined how reflecting on personal values and the degree to which one’s everyday life aligned with those values affected perceptions of self-connection as well as feeling as though one’s life has meaning and purpose.

Defining Connection: Pilot Studies

As a first step toward understanding people’s everyday experiences of connection, we wanted to explore how people understand authentic connection. How do people understand and describe their deepest connections… to themselves, to other people, and to the world around them?

We conducted a series of interviews with people who were identified by community members as deeply connected to themselves or others. Our focus included people who have deep, authentic connections to other people or to their community—not necessarily those who seem to know everyone, but those who have meaningful relationships, even if only with a handful of people or causes. It’s quality of connection we were after, not quantity.

We also conducted two online surveys to capture lay people’s understanding of connection.

The results from these three studies are being written up for publication, and a summary will appear on our website.