[CQ-Contest] Fw: Morse code study

Robert Chudek - K0RC k0rc at pclink.com
Fri Jun 6 18:11:28 EDT 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen...

Last fall I received a solicitation to participate in Short Term Memory 
research to be conducted at the University of Pittsburgh. I responded and 
learned they were looking for people to come to the campus to participate.

I respectfully declined, telling them I lived in MN. I did get into a brief 
dialog that Morse Code operators might fit the profile of what they want to 
test. Apparently they followed up on this suggestion and are now looking for 
CW operators. In addition, they have dropped the requirement to be on 
campus. The testing will be done at home on your computer.

I am forwarding this to a couple of reflectors where "the CW operators hang 
out". Maybe you will want to participate. Maybe not. Read through the 
original message below and respond direct to the researcher via email or 

73 de Bob - KØRC in MN

P.S. Sorry, the Skimmer is strictly forbidden!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Maryam Khatami" <morsestudy at hotmail.com>
To: "Robert" <k0rc at pclink.com>
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 2:24 PM
Subject: Morse code study

Dear Morse Code User,

My name is Tanisha Hill-Jarrett, and I am the new student in charge of the 
Morse study at the University of Pittsburgh.

We are contacting you because we would like to invite you to participate in 
a research study involving Morse code. The study is split into two-three 
parts each of which takes approximately one hour to complete, and can be 
completed from the comfort of your own home.

Since you will complete the study from your home computer, we will send you 
all of the required materials. When you complete the study, you send the 
materials back to us at no cost to you. This is done through pre-paid 
postage stamped packages. Prior to the study, you will be contacted for a 
brief screening to make sure you are eligible to participate. If you are 
considered eligible, we will then talk about all aspects of the experiment, 
including directions. Also, we will be able to answer any questions that you 
might have. The experiment consists of lists of speech letters and Morse 
letters that you will be asked to recall and can be completed at a time of 
your choosing, requiring only about an hour to complete.

We are asking you to give us some of your time and knowledge in an effort to 
gain information about short-term (working memory). By participating, you 
will be helping the scientific research community through the use of your 
unique expertise with Morse. We hope to learn more about the distinct 
properties of Morse while the knowledge is still available. Your 
participation would be invaluable to gaining scientific knowledge about 
verbal working memory representations.

We are currently seeking people who are proficient in Morse code, meaning 
that they are able to send/receive Morse at a level of at least 15 words per 
minute. Also, participants must be at least 18 years of age, and have access 
to a personal computer. If you are interested in participating and feel that 
you fit the above criteria, please email us at morsestudy at hotmail.com or 
call 412-624-7083 to learn more.

Also, we ask that you inform other users of Morse of this important 
opportunity to increase knowledge of working memory. This will help to 
increase the number of participants who can provide valuable information to 
the study.

Thank you,

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