Participants wanted for a study on positive memories

We are looking for participants for a study examining characteristics of positive memories. The study is being conducted as part of my (Aleksandra Eriksen Isham) PhD project at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Participants should be fluent in English, be in the age range 18-65 years old, and should not have a history of depression.

In the first part of the study participants will be asked to complete questions about autobiographical memory, trait mindfulness, emotion regulation and their past and present mental health. In the second part of the study participants will be asked to complete a memory diary.

Individuals who are interested in participating in the study can email Aleksandra Eriksen Isham. They will then receive an email with additional information about the study to let them decide whether they want to participate in it. Individuals who agree to participate will be invited to complete a screening questionnaire to assess whether they meet the study inclusion criteria. Individuals who meet the inclusion criteria will be invited to participate in the study.

Individuals who are invited to participate in the study will receive monetary reward for their participation: £8 for completing part one of the study and £8 for completing part two of the study.

Contact details:
Aleksandra Eriksen Isham
aei5@st-andrews.ac.uk

Approval code: PS13948

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Participants wanted: Have you been experiencing low mood lately?

We are looking for participants for a study examining the characteristics of positive memories in individuals experiencing low mood. The study is being conducted as part of my (Aleksandra Eriksen Isham) PhD project at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Participants should have been experiencing low mood for at least the past week, be fluent in English and in the age range 18-65 years old.

In the first part of the study participants will be asked to complete questions about autobiographical memory, trait mindfulness, emotion regulation and their past and present mental health. In the second part of the study participants will be asked to complete a memory diary.

Individuals who are interested in participating in the study can email Aleksandra Eriksen Isham. They will then receive an email with additional information about the study to let them decide whether they want to participate in it. Individuals who agree to participate will be invited to complete a screening questionnaire to assess whether they meet the study inclusion criteria. Individuals who meet the inclusion criteria will be invited to participate in the study.

Individuals who are invited to participate in the study will receive monetary reward for their participation: £8 for completing part one of the study and £8 for completing part two of the study.

Contact details:
Aleksandra Eriksen Isham
aei5@st-andrews.ac.uk

Ethical approval code:  PS13948

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Undergraduate sub-honours volunteer research internship opportunities in the Pulver Laboratory

This year, the Pulver Lab (Neural Control of Locomotion in Drosophila Lab), at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, wishes to provide an opportunity for one to two interested first- or second-year undergraduate students of the University of St Andrews to join our team as volunteer research intern(s). Previous research experience is not required.

For information regarding the research internship opportunities in the Pulver Lab and how to apply, please visit the Pulver Lab website (http://pulverlab.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/opportunities/) or click the following link directly: Undergraduate Research Internship

Application deadline: 5pm, March 1st, 2019

We are looking forward to hearing from you

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Participants wanted: Sudoku Solving Survey

We are looking for Sudoku players of any experience to fill in the below survey on Sudoku solving. It is the preliminary part of a study investigating human approaches to Sudoku solving.

https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5BGzgjLneoI6nR3

Filling in the survey would contribute to my PhD research and would be much appreciated.

Thank you
Ethics Approval: CS14059

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Participants wanted: give your opinions for science

Eligibility criteria:  Participants must be aged 18 years or over.

Taking Part: Click here to complete our brief online survey.

Study description:We invite you to participate in an online experiment aiming to assess how different decisional utterances (e.g. “I think there is a very good chance I am right”) are interpreted. You should note there are no right or wrong answers across our experiment we are simply interested in your opinions, which will be given in the form of ratings, across a range of utterances.

You will be asked to complete a short online experiment. The experiment will be divided into two major parts, I) a demographics information form and II) a decisional utterance questionnaire. During the demographics information form, you will first provide a small amount of demographic information (e.g. your Age, Gender and Nationality). During the decisional utterances questionnaire, you will be asked to make rating scale judgements about a series of contextualised decisional utterances (e.g. “I am very unsure my old response was correct”). The information you provide will be anonymous and, should you give permission in the Consent Form, shared with other bona fide researchers and used for future scholarly purposes. Before agreeing to participate in this research you will be provided with a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail our research, allowing you to be fully informed before giving consent.

If you would like any more information please email Josephine Urquhart at jau2@st-andrews.ac.uk.

UTREC approval code: PS13645

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Participants wanted – Win £200 Amazon gift card – fill in short Library survey

Fill in our survey and you could win a £200 Amazon gift card!  Please tell us how satisfied you are with Library services, spaces and resources. Should only take 5 mins. The survey is open to all University staff, students, visitors and anyone who uses the Library. It will run until Monday 18th March. The winner will be contacted before 12 April.

If you have any questions or comments please email library@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Read our blog for more details.

UTREC consider this to be service review and development and therefore does not require ethical approval.

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Participants wanted – Interested in Meditation and Mindfulness? Participants wanted for 2-week online study on mindfulness meditation and well-being

MBCT Meditation Type & Time: Impact on Well-being

This study is being conducted as part of my (Guy Fincham) MSc research project in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews.

Sign-up link: https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5j49HmAQJZjaHzf

We invite you to participate in a research project examining how different types and durations of mindfulness meditation practice affect well-being. Participants should be 18+ years of age, living in the UK, and fluent in English. People currently experiencing low mood, any active mental health crises, untreated mental conditions or recent major adverse life events are advised not to participate in the study, as mindfulness meditation could increase the psychological distress.

The study includes four groups. Two will complete one type of meditation practice central to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) but for two different durations (one shorter, one longer). The other two groups will complete another type of core MBCT meditation practice for two different durations (one shorter, one longer). All the meditations will be led and guided by Professor Mark Williams, co-founder of MBCT and Founding Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. All groups will be asked to practice daily for two weeks. All participants will be asked to complete questionnaires about well-being and any barriers or facilitators to practicing over the two weeks. Please be aware that participants are randomly allocated to the groups. Two of these will require participants to engage in movement (simple stretching). If you are interested in participating but have a physical condition, please consult your GP or physiotherapist beforehand.

The study will be online and information you provide will be anonymous and held confidentially by the researcher and supervisor involved in this project. Individuals who are interested in participating can go to:

https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5j49HmAQJZjaHzf

Ethics approval code: PS14205
Researcher: Guy Fincham gwf2@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Volunteers wanted – StAnza Poetry Festival 2019

StAnza Poetry Festival is Scotland’s largest annual celebration of international poetry, held right here in St Andrews. ​StAnza 2019 will take place from 6 – 10 March. We’re thrilled to be bringing a whole range of writers, from slammers to concrete poets, to St Andrews, with poets coming from Canada, Hungary, Germany and many more countries.

Interested in joining us as a venue volunteer? Come along to our information session on Wednesday 20 February, 14:45 at Parliament Hall, or email volunteeratstanza@googlemail.com for more information.

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Adobe Digital Media and LaTeX training courses

See the descriptions and links below to these upcoming training courses:

Adobe Photoshop: 20 Mar; Introduction to Photo Editing. The go-to package for creating, manipulating and mixing images for web pages, desktop publishing or digital art works.

Adobe Illustrator: 27 Mar;  Introduction to Vector Graphics. Illustrator is an industry-standard vector drawing and design package used to create high-quality illustrations,  diagrams, charts, and logos for producing a wide range of media from academic posters to event and marketing materials.

Introduction to LaTeX: 1 May; This beginners course will introduce the essential elements of LaTeX, the de facto standard for academic document preparation across disciplines.

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Early Career Academic Networking

Tue 19 March, 10:00 – 11:00, C5, Bute 

Topic this month: Top Teaching Tips with Paula Miles

Paula is an education focussed lecturer in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Paula and has received a number of teaching related awards, including the University Teaching Excellence Award and the Student Association’s Teaching Award.

So come along and to this informal session, discuss your own teaching-related questions and draw on Paula’s experiences in the classroom.

Part of a series of informal & informative networking events for early career research and teaching staff.

Coffee, catch-up, networking, informal discussions and topics of interest. 

These events will take place regularly and will take a range of formats from informal presentations from invited speakers, to audience-led discussions, or just coffee! All will focus around continuing professional development (CPD) and important topics relating to early career research and teaching staff.

If you would like anything in particular to be discussed during this or other sessions, please e-mail your Research Staff Developers (Diane Munday & Marie Paterson) in advance: passportprogs@st-andrews.ac.uk

Visit the networking webpage

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