Measures from the MSR Lab

We encourage others to use our research measures and tasks in their own work. Below, you’ll find a list of research resources.

Academic Diligence Task

The Academic Diligence Task (ADT) was designed to mirror a real-world choice students must confront when completing homework: the choice to remain engaged in tedious, but important assignments, and/or browse the Internet to play video games. Specifically, the task consists of a split-screen interface with the choice to complete single-digit subtraction problems (“Do Work”) or play games (“Play games”).

A sample version of the task can be found here:

PREVIEW TASK HERE

If you’d like to use the task in your own study, please contact us.

The task runs using HTML5. The files need to be saved on a web server that you control.  The task is compatible with most browsers, as well as most smartphones and tablets.

The ADT is free for research purposes, with the stipulation that Galla et al. (2014) is cited:

Galla, B. M., Plummer, B. D., White, R. E., Meketon, D., D’Mello, S. K., & Duckworth, A. L. (2014). The Academic Diligence Task (ADT): Assessing individual differences in effort on tedious but important schoolwork. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 39(4), 314-325. [PDF]

*Please see the article, “Measurement Matters”, by our colleagues Angela Duckworth and David Yeager, for a perspective on assessing personal qualities other than cognitive ability for educational purposes. [PDF]


Short-Form Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) for Adolescents

Our lab validated a 15-item short-form FFMQ for high school-age youth.

The questionnaire is freely available for research purposes in Abujaradeh et al. (2020):

Abujaradeh, H., Colaianne, B. A., Roeser, R. W., Tsukayama, E., & Galla, B. M. (2020). Evaluating a short-form Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire in adolescents: Evidence for a four-factor structure and invariance by time, age, and gender. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 44(1), 20-30. doi: 10.1177/0165025419873039. [PDF]

*The Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire was designed originally by Ruth Baer and colleagues in 2006. Please see the article, “Using Self-Report Assessment Methods to Explore Facets of Mindfulness,” for more information. [PDF]


Appearance-Related Social Media Consciousness Scale

Our lab participated in a validation study of a short scale for adolescent youth designed to measure the extent to which individuals’ thoughts and behaviors reflect ongoing awareness of whether they might look attractive to a social media audience.

The questionnaire is freely available for research purposes in Choukas-Bradley et al. (2020):

Choukas-Bradley, S., Nesi, J., Widman, L., & Galla, B. M. (2020). The appearance-related social media consciousness scale: Development and validation with adolescents. Body Image, 33, 164-174. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.02.017. [PDF]