NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — University of Connecticut professor Bradley Wright has all types of questions for his research: Did you pray in the last 24 hours? To what extent are you feeling nurtured or angry with God? Do you feel a sense of purpose right now?
And he'd like the answers in real time, launching a website that sends text messages to participants' smartphones that it's time to take the twice-daily survey. It's part of an ambitious look by Wright and other researchers into the role of spirituality in the daily lives of Americans and its links to well-being.
The associate sociology professor is overseeing www.soulPulse.org to gather data for researchers to study.
He says SoulPulse is the first to use cellphones to measure spirituality as it unfolds over time in natural settings.