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319. Help! (How do you handle the cute?)

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Dear friends, friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends,

I don't normally use the blog for such things, but I need your help and participation. We're conducting a social experiment that categorizes how people respond to cute things. Some people squeal. Some people look hypnotized. Some people grit their teeth and squeeze the air.

We'd love it if you could help us out by recording your reaction to a video clip of something cute (aka "stimulus" as the scientists say). All you need is yourself, a web cam and a desire to have your heart melt a little. Below are a few steps to follow. We'll prompt you as you go along, but this is to prep you. We promise, it's easy. And worth it. Five minutes or so.

  • Step 1: Please sign our release form. It's a legal requirement. The form explains more, but it's nothing to really worry about. Sign it here.
  • Step 2: Then go here to participate.
  • Step 3: Once everything loads, you'll see two boxes. The reaction recorder and the cute clip. Click "allow" on the reaction recorder. This should activate your web cam.
  • Step 4: Click "record" on the reaction recorder and "play" on the cute clip.
  • Step 5: Watch and react.
  • Step 6: Stop recording and send the video to:

With your help, we'll advance cute reaction research for the benefit of all humankind. Thank you.



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