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Taking A Survey On Survey-Takers

Scientists have conducted surveys on just about EVERYTHING (including surveys)!

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Businesses, scientists, and other organizations commonly use surveys to conduct many types of research.

It seems a bit funny to take a survey about surveys, but there seems to be a sound scientific reason for this.

Do you think your genetic makeup determines your willingness to participate in surveys? As it turns out, scientists claim that may be the case!

Twin Studies

During a behavioral experiment involving genetics, scientists at North Carolina State University compared the responses of both identical twins and fraternal twins.

In this study, identical twins had the same responses far more frequently than fraternal twins. The study’s team concluded that genetics may be a factor.

Why are surveys important?

Businesses, scientists, and other organizations commonly use surveys to conduct many types of research. Understanding the mentality of the survey-taker can help them to conduct clear, accurate, and conclusive studies.

Why and how genetics play a role in survey-taking is still not perfectly clear. Many studies are being conducted linking people’s genes with their personality traits.

What personality traits do you think influence your willingness to participate in a survey?

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Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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