UPDATE: Data collection for this study is complete.  Analysis is underway.  Updates will be posted here.

Dear Performing Arts Student at NIU, CCU, or USC,

My name is Heather Corwin, Ph.D., and I am an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University. I am doing a research study entitled “The relationship between emotional intelligence and Sanford Meisner actor training: A longitudinal study.” The purpose of the research study is to explore whether any area of actor training impacts emotional intelligence (EI) more than another area of performing arts (acting, design technical theatre, general theatre/theatre studies, and dance/physical theatre). Areas we will also look at involve any correlation between self-disclosed psychological diagnosis and EI as well as gender identification and EI.

Your participation will involve taking one demographics survey and questionnaire (5 minutes) and two emotional intelligence tests online (30 minutes total). You will be asked to take the demographics survey and a pre- emotional intelligence test at the beginning of your training. This same process of taking two EI tests and answering a short questionnaire will occur between semesters or in the winter term, summer, winter, and at the conclusion of the second year of training (most training concludes in May 2018). If you are uncomfortable answering a question on the questionnaire, you do not have to answer. You will be expected to be in good standing with your university in order to participate. If you are unable to attend classes regularly or you leave the training program, this will terminate your participation in the study.


Three universities are cooperating to facilitate this study: Northern Illinois University, University of Southern California, and Coastal Carolina University. You can decide to be a part of this study or not. Once you start, you can withdraw from the study at any time without any penalty or loss of benefits. The results of the research study may be published but your identity will remain confidential and your name will not be made known to any outside party. In this research, there are no foreseeable risks to you.


You will be compensated for each time you take the EI tests and questionnaire the amount of $10. This will come to you in the form of a check or cash. If electronic checks are available, these will be used, a form of payment will be mailed to you within 30 days of completing your EI tests and questionnaire. In addition, a possible benefit from your being part of this study is receiving the results of the the Skills for Career And Life Effectiveness Scale® emotional intelligence tests upon the completion of the study, a value of $190.


If you have any questions about the research study, please call me at 818-298-1828 and/or email me,

hcorwin.niu.edu@gmail.com. For questions about your rights as a study participant, or any concerns or complaints, please contact the Northern Illinois University Institutional Review Board via email at jgommel@niu.edu or 815-753-8588.

As a participant in this study, you should understand the following:


1. You may decide not to be part of this study or you may want to withdraw from the study at any time. If you want to withdraw, you can do so without any problems.

2. Your identity will be kept confidential.

3. Heather Corwin, the researcher, has fully explained the nature of the research study and has answered all of your questions and concerns.

4. Data will be kept in a secure and locked area. The data will be kept for five years, and then destroyed.

5. Whether or not you choose to participate in the study will have no effect on your grade in classes or your status within your program of study.

6. The results of this study may be published.


By completing the questionnaire, you are agreeing that you understand the nature of the study, the possible risks to you as a participant, and how your identity will be kept confidential. When you type your name on this form (link below), this means that you are 18 years old or older and that you give your permission to volunteer as a participant in the study that is described here.