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Volunteers needed for on-line survey study of 'instant allies' and 'instant enemies'

News Release — 23 March 2009


Media contact: Sue Stevens, Senior Media Relations Officer, (817) 272-3317,

ARLINGTON - Psychologists at The University of Texas at Arlington are researching the reasons why some new acquaintances feel like "instant allies," while others feel like "instant enemies."

Graduate student Wen Cheng, working under the direction of Professor William Ickes, will use an anonymous, online survey to collect participants' accounts of incidents in which a person they have just met seemed to be a person with whom they shared a strong affinity and an instant bond or a person toward whom they felt tension and/or animosity upon discovering that they had opposing interests.

Participation is voluntary but limited to people over 18. Participants will gain insight into how psychological research is conducted using an online survey technique. To participate, visit  to access the survey, which takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

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