The site is described as follows: "This site provides a number of on-line personality and close relationships tests, experiments, and demonstrations that you can take to learn more about yourself and the way you relate to others. Each test is designed to provide you with customized feedback based on your responses. Participation is free, informative, and fun!"
Some of the materials provide a means of self evaluation and entertainment. Others are designed to increase critical thinking.
Target Student Population:
This site would appeal to students taking college level General Psychology, Personality Psychology, Close Relationships, and Research Methods. It would also be of interest to high school students taking a psychology course.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
The material consists of tests, research and resources as well as links to other sites that are of interest.
This site can be used to supplement several course constructs relating to personality and close relationships. In particular, several of the tests focus on attachment styles and related areas. Others focus on criminal behavior and personality.
Flash is used for some of the materials.
Evaluation and Observation
The site uses measures that are actually used by researchers and also has some interesting research designs to illustrate the concepts.
The focus of the site is devoted less to pedagogical applications than it is devoted to research applications. As such, there could be more explanation of the concepts and measures.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
There is a nice variety of personality tests and quizzes. Students can gain an appreciation of these measures and concepts from using the site.
The material has the potential to be effective for teaching the concepts. However, because of its research emphasis, that effectiveness is more likely to be found among more advanced undergraduate or graduate students in psychology. The fun and interesting part of the site leads to material that may be too complicated for undergraduate students.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easily navigated and designed to promote and peak interest.
Some of the tests and quizzes may take much longer than the times listed on the site. That can be frustrating for users, who may be tempted to skip through material. Students may give too much weight to test results and should be cautioned about such things.
Other Issues and Comments:
There are a few spelling and grammatical errors in the descriptive materials. However, overall, the material is well-written and clearly presented.