We have 3 studies available for participation! Each and every academic study requires university ethics approval. If you wish to know more about research ethics and about our process, please visit Office of Research Ethics at the University of Waterloo. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dr Sharon Roberts
Study 8: Fandoms & Fantasy Engagement Study (Release July 2, 2019)
In this study, Drs. Sharon Roberts, Stephen Reysen, Courtney Plante and Kathy Gerbasi will be collecting information about numerous topics with the hope of gaining a better understanding of the furry fandom and other fandoms. We will be collecting information about numerous topics with the hope of gaining a better understanding of fandoms. Specifically, we are conducting an exploratory study of being a furry, fantasy engagement, identity formation, wellbeing, assessments of other fan groups, and LGBTQ inclusion in fandoms. We will also as some demographic questions (i.e., age, sexual orientation, education, etc.). This survey is estimated to take approximately 20 minutes. Participants should be 18+. This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.
Click HERE to read the informed consent and to participate!
Klick hier für die Deutsche Version der internationalen Studie der drei Fandoms von Furscience
Study 2: Furscience Universal Recruitment Project (FurP). Become part of the FurP!
This project is designed to create a database of basic demographic and other personality (e.g., happiness, sexual orientation, wellbeing, gender identity) information that will permit the International Anthropomorphic Research Project (IARP; Furscience.com) team to contact participants for specific research projects.
For example, we often want to study groups that occupy unique identity markers in the fandom (artists, people with multiple fursonas, greymuzzles, therians, females, LGTBQ, people with disabilities, new fandom members, long-time fandom members, etc).
To read the informed consent letter and participate, click HERE.
The following studies are now closed.
The results continue to be analyzed and used to inform future studies and on-going research. Updated results will be posted to Research Findings
We thank you for your participation!
Study 1: Furries: Interested in doing an online study about fantasy and the furry fandom?
Click here to take part in the 2016 IARP Fantasy Study – Part I. This study will be open until Saturday, November 5, 2016.
Study 3: Therian/Otherkin Focus Groups and Interviews:
At Anthrocon 2017, the FurScience (International Anthropomorphic Research Project) team of researchers conducted three different Therian/Otherkin related research projects…
Study 4: Furscience 2017 International Survey.
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Study 5: Autism Study. We are looking to understand the experiences of furries who are on the autism spectrum.
You do not have to be formally diagnosed with autism to participate. You are welcome to participate in the survey if you have a formal autism spectrum diagnosis or identify as being on the autism spectrum, if you have a friend or loved one on the autism spectrum, or if you are interested in the topic for other reasons. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE# 22246).
Click here to participate!
Study 6: Big Furry Survey.
We want to share our big annual Anthrocon Study with our online Participants. The survey was first released in paper version at Anthrocon, July 2018. Please see the informed consent for all the study details. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE# 22134).
Click here to participate
Study 7: Furscience Online Summer 2019 Study.
In this study, we will be collecting information about numerous topics with the hope of gaining a better understanding of the furry fandom and with the goal of testing the replicability of findings observed by other researchers who have studied furries. Specifically, we are exploring the nature of being a fan of furry content, motivation to be a furry, the nature of furries’ interaction with fandom-related material, sexuality, demographics, fursonas, and relationships. This survey is estimated to take approximately 30 minutes. Participants should be 18+ and questions about adult content are included in this study. This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.
Click HERE to read the informed consent and to participate!
Study 9: Furscience Summer 2020 Study.
We are doing an anonymous survey (60 min) about the furry fandom, including questions about relationships, the Covid-19 pandemic, attitudes toward animals, spending habits, and demographic information. This survey is being put online and will be available to furries all over the world. Participants must be over the age of 18 and self-identify as a furry. Participants are eligible to win a $25 Amazon gift card (draw entries will be confidential and not associated with survey responses).
You can take the survey online HERE The survey will be open until September 30th 2020. This research has been approved by, and received ethics clearance through, the Bishop’s University’s Research Ethics Board and by a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.
Study 10: Furscience Summer 2021 Survey
I’m Dr. Courtney Plante (Nuka), and I’m hoping you can help out the FurScience team with a psychology study we’re conducting…
Study 11: Furry Fiesta 2022 & Anthrocon 2022 Online Furry Survey
Hi, we’re hoping you all can help us out with a psychology study we are conducting. We are doing an anonymous survey (30 min or less) about the furry fandom. This survey was also handed out to attendees at Texas Furry Fiesta (March 2022) and Anthrocon (July 2022). Participants over the age of 18 are eligible to win a $50 Amazon gift card (up to 20 gift cards will be given, draw entries will be confidential and not associated with survey responses).
You can take the survey online HERE. The survey will be open until July 15, 2022.