The Happiness Project 12+

Play Games for Science


Designed for iPad

    • 4.1 • 33 Ratings
    • Free



Do you want to help scientists uncover the secrets to happiness? Play games for science!

Play fun mini-games to help brain scientists study the psychology and neuroscience of well-being!

Created by scientists at UCL and Yale, this app is a citizen science project taking psychology and neuroscience experiments from the lab to your smartphone.

Every 3-minute game that you finish contributes data to real scientific research about how the brain works. The anonymous surveys help us see what causes well-being and understand mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. Be part of a unique citizen science experiment and help us write the equation for happiness!

Dr Robb Rutledge (Yale Psychology) says: "We all want to know what determines happiness. It’s hard to figure it out! In our games, we ask people about their happiness as they make decisions in different situations. We hope people enjoy our app and help us answer some really important scientific questions!"

This citizen science project was supported by the UK Medical Research Council.

What’s New

Version 7.15.3

Game improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Just a Girl who games ,

Please fix bug I can’t play

It won’t get past the first page where it asks you questions because every time I enter where I live it erases it. Thank you!

ms. cranky ,

Not winning me over

I really want to help with this project but I’m seriously doubting the effectiveness of this app. Am I the only person whose mood doesn’t change in response to a phone game? I think the games need to be more engaging or competitive or something in order to make the player care more about the outcomes. Also, the fishing game just kills me. I hate that I’m forced to play it at every level because I feel like all that tapping is going to give me a repetitive stress injury.

Sea Snag ,

Not stimulating

Super boring

App Privacy

The developer, UCL, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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