MIND Research Study


Welcome to the COVID on MIND research study.

This is a continuation of the previous research conducted in 2020. You can participate in 2022 regardless of whether you took part in the earlier study.

Here you can find information and instructions on how to participate in our study.

How to participate in the study:

  1. Read carefully through the general description of the study and all the instructions
  2. Retrieve your participant ID (only once!)
  3. Fill in the well-being survey (approx. 30–60 min), measuring aspects of your well-being, sleep quality, dream experiences, and COVID-19 related experiences
  4. The final stage of the research consists of a daily mind-wandering task (approx. 15 min) and a daily dream log (approx. 10–15) during a two-week period. Instructions for this part of the study can be found here.


How Much Time It Takes to Participate in the Study

If you agree to take part in the study, we would ask you to fill in the well-being survey. This
is filled in only once and takes approx. 30-60 minutes. Then, we would ask you to keep a
daily record of mind-wandering and dreams for two weeks. We estimate that this would
take approximately 25-30 minutes per day (10-15 minutes in the morning for reporting
dreams and 15 minutes in the evening for reporting mind-wandering). You may find that
writing the reports takes longer than the estimated 10-15 minutes. However, we
recommend you spend no more than 30 minutes per task (dream report and mind-
wandering report). We estimate that, all in all, the study would take approx. 8 hours of your
time. Some people may find this process interesting and, if you wished to continue for
longer, you are free to do so but we would not recommend that you participate for longer
than four weeks (one month). Some people may find that the time commitment of taking
part in the study is more than they expected or circumstances make it difficult. You can
stop taking part at any stage without having to give a reason.


You can reach the well-being survey here.
Mindwandering reports are submitted here.
Dream reports are submitted here.

If you are concerned about your mental health and need to speak to someone:

In UK:

· Call 999 (if you are in emergency)
· Call NHS 111 (for when you need help but are not in immediate danger)
· Contact your GP and ask for an appointment
· Contact the Samaritans (116 123; jo@samaritans.org)

In Australia:
· Call 000 (if you are in emergency)
· Call the Mental Health Emergency Response Line 1300 555 788 (Metro) or 1800 676 822 (Peel) or 1800 552 002 (Country/Rurallink)
· Contact your GP and ask for an appointment
· Contact the Lifeline (24h) 13 11 14

In Finland:

· Call 112 (if you are in emergency)
· Call “Valtakunnalinen Kriisipuhelin” 09 2525 011 (for when you need help but are not in immediate danger)
· Contact your GP and ask for an appointment



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Monash University, Department of Philosophy, 20 Chancellor’s Walk, VIC 3800, Australia

University of Cambridge, Department of Psychology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EB, United Kingdom

University of Turku, Department of Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology, Publicum, Assistentinkatu 7, 20014 Turku, Finland

Queen Mary University of London, Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, United Kingdom