Current studies

New Projects 2021-22

Please find below some of our research projects for our psychology and neuroscience students at universities across Scotland. 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!

18/08/22

Dissertation Project: What influences people’s music preferences?
 
Hi there!
I am a postgraduate studying at the University of Glasgow MSc Psychology Studies, and currently I am working on a dissertation project on individuals’ music preferenceI need your help to fill in an online questionnaire that takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. In the questionnaire, you will be asked to listen to several music excerpts, so it would be the best for you to prepare an audio output device (e.g., headphone) beforehand. 
 
Anyone who age 18 or older and without any listening deficiency is welcome to participate by clicking the link below. If the link does not work in one browser, please try to use another one. Please use a Desktop or Laptop with a stable internet connection to complete the questionnaire if possible. 
 

https://uofg.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2hh8nJM8bXF44pU                                               

If there are any enquiries on the project, please send an email to 2708689k@student.gla.ac.uk.

10/08/2022

Study: Understanding Anxiety and Autism

I am currently running a research study looking for autistic participants fluent in English, who are 18 years old or older. This is part of a Royal Society of Edinburgh funded project ‘Understanding Anxiety and Autism’.

The study involves completing a computer-based task and a battery of questionnaires (including some mental health questionnaires). In total, participation should take approximately 2-2.5 hours (with plenty of opportunities for breaks and refreshments). 

Participants will be reimbursed £30 for their time, in the form of an EGiftPay voucher. We can also reimburse participants up to £10 in travel expenses.

Adults can participate in the study online, or in person in our Stirling Autism Research (STAR) room on campus at the University of Stirling. We have designed this room so that we can easily control the sensory environment, to meet individual need. Currently the room has:

  • Lamps for adjustable lighting
  • A sensory box
  • Fidget toys
  • A quiet fan
  • A height-adjustable desk (which is wheelchair accessible)
  • A weighted blanket
  • Window blinds
  • Facilities for refreshments (hot drinks/cold water)
  • Ear defenders

Data collection for the study will take place over the next few months. Please email Catherine.grainger@stir.ac.uk  if you have any further questions or would like to take part. A full copy of the study information sheet can be downloaded here.

10/08/2022

Understanding the role of causality in human decision making: responsibility attribution in direct causation versus indirect responsibility.

We invite you to participate in a research project investigating whether or how causality plays a role in human decision making by looking at the special case of responsibility judgments  participants will be asked to take part in an online questionnaire study conducted via Qualtrics, taking place between June-August 2022. Participant involvement in the experiment should take approximately 10-15 minutes. Participants will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw offering the chance to win a gift voucher (one voucher worth £20 is available for every 20 participants taking part). Participants are required to be at or above 18 years of age and either studying at university or holding a university degree.

If you are interested, please find the study questionnaire by clicking on the following

On the above link, you can also find participant information, and indicate your consent and whether you wish to participate in the prize draw. You are welcome to ask any questions at any point related to the study by getting in contact with the researcher on the following e-mail address: rd208@st-andrews.ac.uk

22/07/22

Individual Differences in Visual Perception Performance 

We are looking for volunteers to participate in an eyewitness psychology study. You will be asked to view innocuous images and/or videos and then will be asked to make judgments about them. In a part of this study, you will be asked to answer questions about your memory, attention, face perception ability, as well as racial attitudes. This study will be run online. The whole procedure should take no longer than 60 minutes.  

Anyone can participate as long as you are 18+yrs and have normal or corrected-to-normal vision (e.g. Glasses). This study requires you to use a laptop or a desktop. Please do not use a mobile device.  

This voluntary study is completely anonymous and no personally identifiable data is collected. The study is part of my psychology PhD research and it has already received approval from the PSE Division Ethics Committee at Queen Margaret University and the School of Applied Sciences Research Integrity Committee of Edinburgh Napier University.  

If you are interested, the following link will bring you to the questionnaire and give you further details on the study: https://qmupsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7X47rO2O0Y8ZQ9g

15/07/22

Hi there, I’m a postgraduate student from the University of Glasgow Psychological Studies. I’m currently looking for participants for my dissertation project. My study is about how music impacts people with specific personality traits and their emotional responses to music. My study already has approval from the School of Education Research Ethics Committee. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

If you are interested, the following link will bring you to the questionnaire and give you further details on the study: https://glasgow-research.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/the-impact-of-music-to-highly-sensitive-people-copy

Thank you for considering my questionnaire. If you have any questions, you can contact me at 2637762c@student.gla.ac.uk

 

01/07/22

Perceptions on Painting Questionnaire

Hi there, I’m doing a MSc in Psychological Studies and will be examining perceptions of painting as part of my dissertation research. You do not need any prior experience or knowledge of the arts to participate in this questionnaire. Anyone is free to participate as long as you are over the age of 18. This voluntary study is completely anonymous and has been approved by the School of Education ethics board at the University of Glasgow. It should take approximately 25 minutes to complete.

If you are interested, the following link will bring you to the questionnaire and give you further details on the study: https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Gl4P3dnFmOnndY

Thank you for considering my questionnaire. If you have any questions you can contact me, Zoë McClellan at 2268429m@student.gla.ac.uk.

29/06/22

A Qualitative study exploring 1st-2nd year student coping mechanisms and how this impacts their mental health and help seeking behaviour.
 
Description:  This study aims to uncover how pre-honour students experience mental health struggles at university, how they cope with stress and find support. It is important to have student voices heard to unveil the challenges and encouragements students may encounter in seeking support with their mental health. I would like to invite any students who have just completed their 1st or 2nd undergraduate year to participate in an online 1 to 1 interview which will last no more than an hour.
 
If you have just finished 1st or 2nd year at university and are interested in participating or have any questions, please email me (Bethany) at 2693262t@student.gla.ac.uk. Thank you for considering my study.

28/06/22

Exploring how shame, pride, identity, and the mental health of LGBTQ+ populations has been affected by the closure of queer spaces in response to COVID-19.
 
I’m a Psychological Studies (conversion) MSc student at the University of Glasgow. I’m looking for interview participants for my dissertation investigating how LGBTQ+ identity has been impacted by the closure of physical queer spaces in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This research has been granted ethical approval. The recorded hour-long interviews will be held over Microsoft Team/Zooms and collected data will be anonymised. Interviewee participants must be over 18, identity as LGBTQ+, or work closely with this community. 
 
To take part in this study, or for more information, email Jonathan McIntosh at 0806344m@student.gla.ac.uk.’
 

27/06/22

Title: Egocentric affective emotional projections and the rapid judgement of voice stimuli.

I invite you to participate in this study exploring the relationship between perceived emotion in voices and listener affective states. The survey will take about 15 minutes and requires you to judge positive/negative emotion in voices, and a brief stress, anxiety, and depression questionnaire. This study forms part of my MSc Psychology Conversion course and has been approved by the Ethics Committee of the University of Glasgow. 

Your participation in this study is voluntary and would be greatly appreciated. No identifying information is collected. 

Survey link: Egocentric affective emotional projections and the rapid judgement of voice stimuli study link

27/06/22

This is a study for my dissertation looking at the relationship between internalised sexualisation, benevolent sexism and tolerance of sexual harassment, which is a comparison study of UK and Chinese young women. Women who are from UK or China between 18 and 30 can take part. It will last around 20-25 minutes. And this study has been approved by the Ethics Committee at the University of Glasgow. Here is the link the relationship between internalised sexualisation, benevolent sexism and tolerance of sexual harassment study
 

24/06/22

I’m currently completing my dissertation for my MSc Psychology conversion course at the University of Dundee. I am examining how students with Dyslexia have learnt to compensate for the associated reading difficulties in order to cope with the reading demand required to complete a degreeThe study should take around 25-30 minutes. Dyslexia Study Link

 

22/06/22

Vocal Emotion Perception Amongst Various Types of Musicianship.

In this study, we will be looking at different groups of instrumentalists, singers, and non-musicians to determine which group is able to perceive emotion in the voice more accurately.  You must be over the age of 16 and have no hearing impairments. The study takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. Here is the link for the study: https://exp.psy.gla.ac.uk/project?mus&guest

20/06/22

Understanding the role of causality in human decision making: responsibility attribution in direct causation versus indirect responsibility. 

We invite you to participate in a research project investigating whether or how causality plays a role in human decision making by looking at the special case of responsibility judgments – participants will be asked to take part in an online questionnaire study conducted via Qualtrics, taking place between June-August 2022. Participant involvement in the experiment should take approximately 10-15 minutes. Participants will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw offering the chance to win a gift voucher (one voucher worth £20 is available for every 20 participants taking part). Participants are required to be students aged 18 or above and studying at a Scottish university.

If you are interested, please find the study questionnaire by clicking on the following URL: Understanding the role of causality in human decision making: responsibility attribution in direct causation versus indirect responsibility study link

On the above link, you can also find participant information, and indicate your consent and whether you wish to participate in the prize draw. You are welcome to ask any questions at any point related to the study by getting in contact with the researcher on the following e-mail address: rd208@st-andrews.ac.uk.

15/06/2022 

Validating the EDLX Scale: Measuring the Emotional Distance among Bilinguals 

This MSc project will investigate the foreign language effect among bilinguals. To participate, you need to be: 1) over 18 years old; 2) bilingual, speaking English as a second language. There are no restrictions on gender, race or wherever you are. 

We hope to recruit at least 160 participants and the study takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, consisting of 4 questionnaires.  

The link for this experiment is here: Emotional distance between bilinguals study link 

 

08/06/22

This project will investigate the influence of drawing on human episodic memory (i.e., memory for single events). Previous literature has demonstrated that drawing can significantly enhance memory for to-be-remembered information compared to writing. However, the exact mechanisms that result in this benefit remain unclear. Broadly, the tasks will involve presenting auditory words at encoding while participants view encoding instructions on the screen (i.e., draw or write). The retrieval task simply asks participants to recall as many words as they can remember. The experiment will take place on the University of Glasgow’s Psychology online experimental system: Experimentum. We will be carrying out the experiment with a maximum of 50 participants for the project.
 
Participants will be randomly assigned to conditions and coded to a random ID to maintain anonymity. This is the link of the experiment: Drawing and episodic memory study link

03/06/22

A qualitative study analysing the experiences of being international postgraduate students in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The study is part of my MSc research project, which will investigate the lived experiences of international postgraduate students in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on their well-being. Therefore, to participate you must be a postgraduate student at a university in Scotland. Participants will take part in an interview that will last for about 45 minutes to an hour, during which we will discuss your lived experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. Participation is voluntary and participants will be availed of a copy of the report when it is finalised. By participating, you will be contributing to a study that may come up with appropriate and effective recommendations for handling the well-being of international postgraduate students in Scotland during a pandemic. This is the link for further information about the study: Study information – Covid-19 pandemic.pdf. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information and to register your participation: Please click on this link to email the researcher  

 
 
28/05/22
I am part of a research team investigating the effect of disgust sensitivity on mental health attitudes and resulting stigma towards people with mental health conditions. Our theoretical framework is based on the evolutionary perspective of disgust having emerged as a form of disease-avoidance-mechanism, specifically regarding pathogens. We hypothesise that in some individuals this response may be overly sensitive, thus translating to an avoidance response towards wider ranging diseases that do not actually pose a risk of infection, such as mental health conditions. We expect that this in turn may be related to the avoidance of individuals with mental health conditions (depression and bullimia nervosa, respectively) manifesting as increased stigmatising attitudes towards them. This is the link to our project: disgust sensitivity on mental health attitudes and resulting stigma study link

18/05/22

Hello everyone,  
I am a Psychology Masters Student looking to recruit participants for my Dissertation Project. The question is How does Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect our self-view, in adulthood. Particularly exploring self-esteem, sense of achievement and perceived social attention. It will involve filling out a survey questionnaire, which will take approximately 20 minutes. The study is completely voluntary and anonymous. I am looking for participants aged 18 and above and those currently living in the UK. This study has been granted ethical approval. For all the information regarding the study and taking part, please copy and paste the link, into a new browser: https://dundee.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/adverse-childhood-experiences-on-adults-self-view-version-5. If you have any questions about partaking in the study, please do not hesitate to contact me (Stephanie) at SEmeye@dundee.ac.uk
Thank you for considering to partake in this study.   

18/05/22

This study is being conducted as part of a postgraduate research thesis in the School of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. The study has been approved by the School of Psychology Ethics committee at the University of Aberdeen.

We are interested in studying how people evaluate crime reports and expert testimony. During the study, participants will imagine that they are a juror when reviewing paired incident reports and expert witness testimonies detailing the account of different crimes. This research will have important implications for better understanding how jurors assess reports and evidence of a crime. The study should take approximately 45 minutes.

We invite participants who:

  • Are 18 years and older
  • Are a resident of Scotland
  • Have no previous convictions or criminal sentences, and are not currently on bail

To participate in the study, follow the link: https://tstbl.co/985-931

Contact Details

Researchers:                  Lindsay Brown (l.brown3.21@abdn.ac.uk) & Rachael Irvine (r.irvine1.21@abdn.ac.uk), postgraduate students

Supervisor:                    Dr Clare Sutherland (clare.sutherland@abdn.ac.uk), Senior Lecturer University of Aberdeen

15/04/22

Scottish and English communication game investigating audience design
 
This study is part of my PhD research project which has been designed to help us understand how people from different backgrounds communicate with one another. In this experiment you and two other people to complete a picture-naming task. The task will be delivered in two blocks, one with each partner. Your task will be to find the target picture on the screen and identify it with a key press. Once the task is finished, you will be asked to complete a short demographic questionnaire. After submitting your data, you will be able to claim a £5 Amazon.co.uk voucher in return for taking part. Eligibility criteria = native English speaker; Scottish nationality; university student. Scottish and English communication game investigating audience design study link

13/04/22

How Scottish university students subjectively evaluate academic grades

We invite you to participate in a research project about how university students subjectively value their academic grades. To participate, you must be a university student and have recently submitted an academic assessment, e.g., exams, essay, or presentation, that has not yet been marked. The project involves two online surveys, one before and one after receiving a mark for the assessment. Both surveys will take approximately 5-8 mins (3 to 4 mins each survey) and you will be compensated £3 of Amazon credit for completing both surveys. Additionally, once data collection is finished, you will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw, winning one of three £30 Amazon vouchers. If you meet the eligibility criteria and want to participate in the study, please follow the link below.

How Scottish university students subjectively evaluate academic grades study link

29/03/22

How attentional attribution influences aesthetic appreciation for artworks

We invite you to participate in a research project studying our aesthetic experience when we appreciate visual artworks. If you join, you will be asked to complete questionnaires online, asking you to give ratings on your aesthetic preference and attention for the visual artworks presented in the study. The study will take approximately 30-60 minutes. This study is running on a volunteer basis, though participants who complete the study will be eligible to enter a prize draw at the end of the study one of twelve Amazon vouchers (2x £25 and 10x £10, totalling £150 available) as a thank-you for your participation. Link to the study.  How attentional attribution influences aesthetic appreciation for artworks study link

 
 
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