SMU’s Family Research Center Needs TEENS For {Virtual} Peer Relationship Study


This post has been sponsored by SMU’s Department of Psychology Family Research Center. All opinions are 100% our own.

:: Calling all teenagers ages 15–17 ::
SMU Family Research Center invites you to participate in a virtual-reality research project!

Southern Methodist University is hosting The Virtual Study of Teenagers’ Relationships (VSTAR)—a study on teen peer relationships. The VSTAR uses virtual reality to learn more about how teens act in common situations with peers, including social relationships, rumors, or conflicts.

Many of the teens who participate say the virtual reality simulations are fun! And participation will help advance scientific knowledge on teen relationships, behaviors, and emotions.

Not only is it a chance for your teen to participate in a study that could help others, but it’s a great way to earn a little extra spending money as they’ll be compensated for their time!

Interested in learning more? Keep scrolling!

teen girl with vr headsetfor SMU family research center study


All Dallas teens ages 15–17 who get permission from a parent or legal guardian (of course!) are invited to participate in the study. Everyone interested in participating will also need transportation to and from the SMU Research Center. ** Masks will be required while in the Research Center. **


This study is a one-time, 3-hour visit that involves completing questionnaires, a brief interview, and several virtual reality simulations. The parent or legal guardian of the teen will also be asked to complete questionnaires online.


The study & lab is located at the SMU Research Center at the corner of SMU Blvd. & US-75 (6116 N Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75206). Parking is free, so no need to factor that into the cost of participating.


Dallas Moms readers who are primary caregivers of a teen who participates in this study will be compensated with a $30 gift card, and their teens will also receive $70 in cash!

If you’re ready to participate, the study has already begun!
You can sign up by filling out this form.

OR if you want to ask more questions or learn more details, visit the SMU Virtual Study of Teens’ Relationships website and use the sign-up link when ready. You can also call 214-768-1787 or email [email protected] with specific questions.


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