Current studies

New Projects 2023-2024

Please find below some of our research projects for our psychology and neuroscience students at universities across Scotland (and sometimes further afield). We rely on participation from all walks of life and hope very much that you will take part in our research. This site is updated daily and your participation is a really valuable part of the training for our students and will help them to be more skilled researchers in the future. Thanks!


Do you care for/parent an individual with or without an intellectual disability? Are you aged 18 or older?
I am looking for parents/carers for my dissertation research looking at the impact of caring for an individual with or without an intellectual disability.
The questionnaire will take 10 to 20 minutes to complete and the information collected will be anonymous.
If you are interested in participating please copy and paste this link into another tab:
The link for accessing the research is:


Exploring the academic experiences of autistic students at Scottish Universities 

Participants will be required to participate in a 1-on-1 semi-structured interview. This can take place either online or in person. Please note if it’s in person this will need to be on campus at the University of Glasgow.  

 Purpose of this study? 

  • The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding and awareness of the first-hand experiences of autistic students at university.  
  • This research aims to contribute to this field by helping to inform better guidelines regarding appropriate and effective academic support for autistic students at university.  

 Who can do this study? 


I’m looking for participants for my qualitative study that is centred on the experiences of UK-based students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in their attainment of higher education through online distance learning. You will receive the questions in advance and will also receive a £15 LoveToShop voucher for your time. You might be interested to know that both me and my supervisor come from a low socioeconomic background.
If you’d like more information please email me: Nadine Samuel (she/her) – [email protected]

What will I have to do?

Participants will take part in an online recorded interview with me. You will have the option to keep your camera off if you wish but it is requested that your microphone is on. Interviews are expected to take between 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Participant requirements

  • at least 18 years of age
  • based in the UK.
  • either currently studying at a higher education institution through online distance learning or have previously studied at a Higher Education institution through online distance learning.
  • identify as coming from a low-socioeconomic background, (i.e., as having a low-socioeconomic background between birth and the age of 18).
  • able to read and speak English at a reasonably fluent level.


Comparing Statistical Anxiety in Psychology Students: The Impact of Software, Self-Efficacy, and Motivation

The purpose of this study is to investigate and understand the differences in statistical anxiety levels among psychology students who are learning R Studio and those who are learning SPSS. Additionally, the study aims to determine to what extent the software preference as well as the self-efficacy and motivation levels towards the statistical software influence students’ statistical anxiety.

Participants will be required to state the statistical software they are learning as part of their degree and complete two small questionnaires related to the relevant content of the study and will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Who can complete the study?

You must be an undergraduate first-time psychology student studying SPSS or R Studio as part of their degree.

Here is the link if you would like to particiatw in the study:

Thank you.



 I am investigating people’s interpretation of stories.

You are eligible to participate if you are:

18-29 years old

-Fluent in English

-Do not suffer any language disabilities

It takes you less than 20 minutes, is completely anonymous, and you can enter the raffle when you finish!

If you are interested, you can find out more here:

(Note: please copy and paste this link into your browser in order to protect your privacy and ensure the provider of the current website cannot track you).


Fight vs Freeze: Eco-anxiety as a predictor of active engagement with pro-environmental behaviours

There are four short questionnaires to complete and this will take about 15 minutes. We hope that you will make a valuable contribution to the better understanding of eco-anxiety. This may improve our understanding of how eco-anxiety impacts our behaviour in the future. Open to over-18s. Follow this link to be involved: Fight vs Freeze: Eco Anxiety


Exercise Behaviours and Body Perceptions of University Students in Scotland

Participants will be required to complete some anonymous demographic information, including their level of exercise (competitive or recreational), then two short questionnaires. The first questionnaire, with 6 items, focuses on exercise behaviours of the participant. The second questionnaire consists of 10 items to investigate body perceptions of the participant.

Who can complete the study?

  • Anyone who is currently in attendance at a university in Scotland, regardless of what level (undergraduate, masters, PhD, etc.)
  • Anyone who exercises, even if this is occasionally and even if they are not part of a sports club or gym.

Follow this link to become involved:  Exercise Behaviours and Body Perceptions of University Students in Scotland


Experience of Help-Seeking for Mental Health Problems within a Sexual Minority Population: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

To explore and understand the experiences of sexual minority groups in relation with help seeking for mental health problems.

Participants will be required to participate in a semi-structured interview which will ask questions about their experiences of seeking help for their mental health from both professionals (e.g., psychologists, GPs, counsellors) or non-professionals (e.g., friends, family, colleagues). The interview will take roughly 50-60 minutes to complete and can be carried out over video call on Microsoft teams or over the phone.

Who can complete the study?

  • Individuals who identify as being part of a sexual minority group, are 18 years and older and have experience of seeking help for their mental health.

 Follow this link to become involved:




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University of St. Andrews

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