My name is Jared Yorkston, and I am an undergraduate psychology student at the University of Buckingham. I am currently working on my dissertation project, titled “Using A Grounded Expertise Approach to Characterise Adult Fans of Lego" and I am looking for participants to take part in my survey.
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You may or may not realize it, but you're tapping into a subject that Freud himself would envy...lots of cigars, a bit of projection, a heaping spoonful of childhood deprivation and/or Acute Nostalgism (I just made that up), with a dash of Stockholm Syndrome. No mirrors, please & thank you ;)
Thanks for the welcome! I hadn't intended to tap into a subject that Freud would have envied. My project supervisor suggested that I look into an aspect of creativity, as she herself has done research in this field, using connect four as well as supervising other dissertation projects using Lego in the past. I myself have a large collection of Lego, which is now sitting in the attic, hopefully appreciating in value xD
What is my research about?
I have devised a scale, that I hope will capture the different ways in which Adult Fans of Lego engage with Lego. I plan to then correlate this with other established questionnaires and to assess how my Adult Fans of Lego scale holds up.
What does previous research say?
Currently, there is little previous research that investigates the engagement styles of AFOL with Lego, and as such, I intend to begin to explore this area. Previous research into Lego has investigated areas such as serious play (Per Kristiansen & Rasmussen, 2014), or how Lego can be utilised in therapies (HSR Psychology, n.d.). Furthermore, the field of psychology has recently begun to explore creativity and expertise, as seen in recent publications (Neale, 2020) and academic blogs (CREATE psychology, n.d.).
CREATE Ψ. (n.d.). CREATE Ψ. https://createpsy.com/
HSR Psychology. (n.d.). Lego therapy interventions - Specialist interventions - Interventions - Services - HSR Psychology - Clinical and educational psychology service for children and young people, based in Manchester. Retrieved February 24, 2022, from https://www.hsrpsychology.co.uk/services/intervention/specialist-interventions/lego-therapy/
Neale, D. (2020, May). A golden age of play for adults | The Psychologist. Thepsychologist.bps.org.uk. https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-33/may-2020/golden-age-play-adults
Per Kristiansen, & Rasmussen, R. (2014). Building a better business using the Lego serious play method. Wiley.
What does participation entail?
To meet the inclusion criteria, potential participants will have to be over the age of 18 and have engaged with Lego in the past year. As participants in this research, you will be informed of their rights at the very beginning. Once this has been done, you meet the established criteria and consent to take part, all you will have to do is answer a collection of multiple choice answers I have complied in an online survey, which should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.
Thanks to everybody who took part in the survey! with the help of you all, I was able to surpass my goal of 100 completed surveys and reached a whopping 159 at the end of it all (when it closed on 20/04/2022). I have been very busy since then, doing data processing and analysis and writing up my dissertation as well as doing my university work for my other module. My dissertation write-up is due in on May 23rd and will be able to publish it to all of you who wish to read it by the end of June. -
Once again thank you for your time, it is much appreciated.