InnerWriter Study Open to Hubbers

Happy Thursday, Hubbers! I just wanted to pass along an exciting opportunity today. The Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania has recently gotten in touch with us to let us know about a new study for writers. Participation is free and open to adults 18 years and older who are native speakers of English. Each participant will receive a personalized Writer Profile at the end, along with a 1 in 25 chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card. If you’re interested, the details are listed below:

What Is InnerWriter?

You are invited to participate in a voluntary research trial to evaluate InnerWriter, an online creative writing intervention led by psychologists from the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The mission of InnerWriter is to help aspiring creative writers discover, understand, and utilize their most valued reasons for writing. While most programs focus on how to write, InnerWriter takes a step back to help you figure out why you write!

Whether you are a casual writer seeking to further stimulate a growing interest, or an experienced author driven to nurture your passion, reflecting on your reasons for writing may help you develop and strengthen your identity as a writer, as well as fulfill your objectives and aspirations.

What does the InnerWriter Research Trial consist of? 

The Positive Psychology Center is currently recruiting participants for a voluntary research trial designed to test the effectiveness of activities included as part of InnerWriter. All participants must be native speakers of English and 18 years or above.

If you participate in the voluntary InnerWriter research trial, you will complete a series of questionnaires and exercises lasting approximately 20-30 minutes, and obtain a personalized Writer Profile at the end summarizing your results! In addition, you will be entered into a raffle with a 1 in 25 chance of winning a $50 amazon.com giftcard (giftcards are only valid for amazon.com, not amazon sites from other countries). All data will remain confidential and kept on a secure server at our research center. The risks associated with this project are minimal, and do not exceed those encountered in everyday life. If you feel uncomfortable completing any portion of the study, feel free to end your participation at anytime.

Please note that we have put in place a number of safeguards to ensure that participants provide valid data for this study. If we have strong reason to believe your data are invalid, you will not be entered into the raffle for a gift certificate and your data will be discarded.

Why Did The Positive Psychology Center Develop InnerWriter?

Several decades of psychological research have shown that that the reasons why we do things affect how we do them. Preliminary research studies have shown that there are a wide range of reasons why individuals might dedicate time to the strange but fascinating task of crafting stories and putting words down on a page. InnerWriter seeks to put this knowledge to use by testing the effectiveness of exercises dedicated to helping you reflect on your reasons for writing, and your identity as a writer.

If this study sounds like a good fit and you’d like to give it a try, please follow this link to sign up. Happy Hubbing!

Announcing the 2014 Hubbie Award Winners!

The results are in! We received a ton of votes this year, but they’ve finally all been counted. The HubPages Community has spoken, and we’re very excited to reveal another year of champions. Below are the winning Hubbers and Hubs chosen by you, their fellow writers. Check them out:

Best of the Best

Best All-Around Hub: The Monkey Puzzle Tree – An Unusual and Endangered Plant by Alicia C

Best All-Around Hubber: billybuc

Awards for Hubbers

Most Likely to Become a HubPages Employee: relache

HubPages Class Clown: Mark Ewbie

Best Avatar: spartucusjones

Best Community Activist: janshares

Most Helpful Hubber: Marisa Wright

Most Supportive Hubber: billybuc

Most Cheerful Hubber: Sunshine625

Best Teacher: teaches12345

Most Likely to Go Viral: WryLilt

Best Fiction Writer: WillStarr

Best Poet: Jodah

Funniest Hubber: Mark Ewbie

Most Political Hubber: breakfastpop

Most Religious Hubber: FaithReaper

Most Likely to Become a Millionaire: WryLilt

Forum King: paradigmsearch

Forum Queen: tie between relache and Marisa Wright

Best Photographer: aviannovice

Awards for Hubs

Most Interesting Hub: Sea Monsters Of The Cretaceous by JKenny

Most Useful Hub: Spotlight On: How Do I Tell If Pictures Are Public Domain Or Not? by RachaelOhalloran

Most Beautiful Hub: Other Words of Love: How They Add Meaning by MsDora

Most Informative Hub: 10 Big Science Questions Answered by Natasha Peters

Most Awesome Hub: A Certain Place in the World by Randy Godwin

Funniest Hub: How Many Managers Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? by Mark Ewbie

This year, we are also very pleased to announce a brand new Hubbie Award whose winner was voted on by HP Staff: The HubPages Lifetime Award! The Lifetime Award this year goes to a Hubber who has been with us for 7 years, has always written good Hubs on a consistent basis, has actively participated in the community, and has been a positive force on HubPages: Hubber jimmythejock!

Thanks to everyone who voted, and a huge congrats to this year’s winners! You’re the bee’s knees!