The Stress Test - Frequently Asked Questions

Why is BBC Lab UK doing the Stress Test?

Stress is not a simple condition. There is no single cause. A whole variety of factors, from our genes to our childhood experiences, affect our mental well being.

What we don't yet understand is how important the different causes are in relation to each other. Are events in your past more important than events in the last year - or than the way you interact with your friends and family today?

The only way we can unravel such a complex web of causes is by surveying a large number of people. And the best way to do that is by using the internet.

You can find out more in our article: About the Stress Test

Who designed the Stress Test?

The experiment was designed by Professor Peter Kinderman of School of Population, Community and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Liverpool, with assistance from Dr Sara Tai from the Department of Psychology at the University of Manchester.

Who will have access to my data?

The data gathered through the Stress Test will be analysed by Professor Peter Kinderman. The data he receives will contain no personally identifying information such as your name, email address or full postcode. It will be completely anonymous.

The results from Lab UK tests and experiments are a valuable resource for science and education. In the future, Lab UK may allow access to data by agreement for trusted scientists and academics, for academic and educational research purposes. In all cases, the data received will be anonymous and contain no personally identifying information.

Can I drop out of the Stress Test

You can end your participation at any time by simply closing your browser or navigating away from the Stress Test. If you wish to go further and delete data stored in the BBC Lab UK database you can email us, and your data will be excluded from the test immediately and deleted permanently within 28 days of your request.

However, it will not be possible to remove your data once it has been collected and sent in its anonymous format to the scientists for analysis. This is because once the data is passed over to the scientists, there remain no means of identifying the individual to whom the data belongs.


What is Lab UK?

Lab UK is a BBC website where you can participate in groundbreaking scientific experiments online. Lab UK works with leading scientists to conduct experiments that can only work with a very large number of participants. We promise to:

  • Create new knowledge
  • Use approved scientific methods
  • Be secure and anonymous
  • Contribute to learning
  • Always publish findings

Find our more on the Lab UK homepage .

Are you worried?

If you are worried about how you are feeling and need to talk to someone, there are plenty of places where you can go for help.

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