Gran Turismo Partners With Oxford University for Wellbeing Survey

Sony Interactive Entertainment is collaborating with the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) — part of the world-famous Oxford University — on a research project looking into the link between gaming and wellbeing.

The project involves a survey of Gran Turismo Sport players. If you play the game or have participated in online surveys in the past, there’s a good chance that you’ll have an email in your inbox today inviting you to take part.

Should you accept the invitation you’ll be taken to a survey page. After a couple of basic questions about your age and gender, you’ll be asked to share how often you play GT Sport, and rate various aspects of how you feel when you play it — or don’t — and your mood generally.

In total there’ll be three short surveys, with a couple of weeks’ break between each one, allowing the researchers to track changes in responses over the course of the project.

This isn’t the first time that OII has investigated links between wellbeing and video games. The same research team has previously published results of similar projects that show a general positive relationship between gaming and mental health, with players of Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and Animal Crossing: New Horizons surveyed, again in collaboration with the games’ publishers.

Gran Turismo is likely to be a slightly different prospect. Racing games are something that many players are likely to take considerably more seriously, investing thousands of dollars in driving rigs to enhance their experience, and the results may vary from those of previous games investigated.

Nonetheless, we look forward to seeing the results, which will likely appear on OII’s YouTube page as a webinar presentation later this year.

Comments (15)

  1. Chad A

    PlayStation has been a part of my life since the first system. I have a lot of time invested in first GT that came out with that said i just purchased GT Sport and have fairly enough time invested into it. The home screen ok wish the layout was different.

  2. Moglet

    This survey is awfully set up, it asks you if you’ve played GT Sport within the last 2 weeks and even if you select No it goes on to ask you questions centered around your experienced in GT Sport within the last 2 weeks.

  3. Kazuya720

    I didn’t got the survey, so I guess… Sony, Polyhony don’t care about me, even if am a core game since GT2 :(

  4. SportCoaster

    I don’t think I’ve received a mail like this. Is there another way I can partake in this Survey anyway?

  5. slthree

    I also thought I was selected to test GT7. It was a huge disappointment when I found out I was not.

    Still, I was happy to take the time to answer the questions because I think studies like this are important. It really didn’t take me more than 10 minutes

    1. Matthew M

      I had the E-mail,thing is i dont play grand turismo no more, Its too simcade for me, Good for beginners, But now im ACC dude, Tho i might just do it bit later on tho, Be nice if i had a PS5 for the time an effort tho, lol…

  6. Razamataz

    Not gonna lie, saw “you’re invited to participate” in the subject box on my email this morning and thought hell yeah GT7 beta baby hear we go.
    You can imagine the disappointment .

    1. H508

      Hilarious that they expect you to give 20 to 30 minutes of your time for free in a research study and not even any hint of in-game credit or actual money for our time p

  7. MisterWaffles

    Judging from this website’s forums I don’t think this game has been good for people’s health at all.

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