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Mar. 3rd, 2012 | 01:26 am
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For those interested, the Anthropomorphic Research Project (more info on Wikifur) has a new active study.

Also, there was a survey conducted at Furry Fiesta 2012; however, the results won't be available for another couple of months.

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Mikazo

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from: mikazo
date: Mar. 3rd, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
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I never knew there was such a project, and honestly this is refreshing. There is actually an intellectual arm of this fandom that is asking lots of questions about it.

Now I wonder, looking through the bios - does everyone in this project identify with being a furry? If so that would definitely skew the data; I am hoping there are some researchers who are detached and neutral.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Mar. 3rd, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if I'd agree it'd skew the data, but that said — Nuka at least is a furry; I think drg_kcgerbasi is not, and I'm not sure about the other two. greenreaper (who appears to be the sole member of their Advisory Board at this time) is.

(If any of you are reading this, please correct me if I'm wrong, BTW.)

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GreenReaper

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from: greenreaper
date: Sep. 28th, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)
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That sounds right. The other members of the team are not furry.

The team just posted some new findings as well.

Edited at 2012-09-28 11:48 am (UTC)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Sep. 28th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
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Straight from the horse's mouth. :) Thanks for the clarification!

And yup, already covered that on September 11th! (Friends-only, alas.)

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GreenReaper

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from: greenreaper
date: Sep. 28th, 2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
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Denied! (And I am totally not a horse. ;-p)

Alas, it seems that this time around the people who paid most attention to the article were at Fark - but hey, you know what they say about publicity . . .

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Sep. 28th, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
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Denied! (And I am totally not a horse. ;-p)

*chuckles* Sorry 'bout that. The actual bit about this from that post is actually pretty short, though, so I'll just reproduce it here, in case you're interested:


And in furry news, there's new results from the Anthropomorphic Research Project:

This summer our team made great strides in advancing our knowledge of the furry fandom. First, we once again conducted a large-scale survey at the world's largest furry convention, Anthrocon 2012, breaking our previous records for number of surveys collected by gathering 1,065 surveys in just three (very busy) days! Additionally, for the first time ever in our team's research, we collected a large-scale representative control group of 802 average, non-furry Americans from the general population through the use of an online survey (recruiting participants through the website Mechanical Turk); this allowed us to compare our furry sample to a control group of average Americans, allowing us to better draw conclusions about the furry fandom.

Finally, Courtney "Nuka" Plante went back through several years worth of data collected by the team in order to more firmly draw conclusions about several contentious or seemingly varied findings. While data from any one particular source or study may be flawed or limited, the combined data from several studies over the last three years helps to strengthen many of our findings, and will be presented in their aggregate form below. These data include results from Furry Fiesta 2011, the International Online Furry Survey, Winter 2011, the International Furry Survey, Summer 2011, Furry Fiesta 2012, and Anthrocon 2012.

Items from the Anthrocon 2012 survey reflected several new topics of interest for the IARP researchers, including an investigation of general knowledge about animals, the functional role of fantasy in the lives of everyday people, the role of bullying in psychological development and a more broad investigation of well-being, including physical, psychological and relationship well-being. Additionally, the researchers attempted to answer several new questions raised by furries during panels and in e-mails in the past year, including demographic questions such as political orientation and annual income, religiosity, the most popular websites/artists sought out by furries, further elaboration and definition of Therians as a group and, perhaps our most contentious/controversial topic to-date: an investigation of Bronies and Brony culture!

Lots of interesting results, so check it out.


That's it. :)

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GreenReaper

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from: greenreaper
date: Sep. 28th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
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Given how little time they gave to their findings about bronies there, I almost feel bad for making that the subject of my own summary. Still, it was a notable result, and the topic most likely to appeal to a wider audience. (Plus we'd covered half of the topics they mentioned earlier, when first released.)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Sep. 28th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I think that was fair enough, really. Of course there's lots more in there, but the brony aspect was something new, something that hadn't been looked into before — and of course something that would garner interest and provoke discourse, and who could fault a website magazine like Flayrah for framing a story in interesting terms to garner page impressions? :)

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Storm Cloud

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from: shadow_stallion
date: Mar. 4th, 2012 11:14 am (UTC)
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Yep, they've been there for two years now at least. I don't know much about them or their survey but they are always very pleasant to talk to and I've never heard anyone complain about them being there.

Usually one of them is parked at the exit to registration offering up a survey to those interested.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Mar. 4th, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
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Cool. :) I'll admit being studied as a group feels ever so slightly weird to me, but at the same time, it's nice that outsiders are trying to understand and that they're willing to do research (literally) instead of just assuming and jumping to conclusions.

*gives you a warm hug* Good to see you back, too, pony. ^_^

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