Participants wanted: Individuals experiencing low mood are wanted for a study on autobiographical memory

This study is being conducted as part of Dr Barbara Dritschel’s research in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience (ethics approval code PS12711).

This study involves two sessions, each lasting no more than 1 hour. The first part of the study involves a psychological interview and questionnaires to assess mood and a test asking you to retrieve autobiographical memories. The second part, involves the completion of a second type of autobiographical memory assessment. Your responses on this task will be audio–recorded. You will also be asked to complete a verbal and spatial test. The second session needs to take place 1-2 days after the first session.

You will receive £10 for taking part in both sessions of the study.

If you are interested in taking part please contact Dr Barbara Dritschel (bd9)

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Participants wanted: Individuals on the Autism Spectrum required for a study on autobiographical memory

Project title: An examination of voluntary and involuntary autobiographical memory retrieval in individuals on the Autism Spectrum

This study is being conducted as part of my, Dr. Barbara Dritschel, research programme at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews. (Ethics approval code PS14174).

We invite you to participate in a research project examining how being on the autism spectrum affects how one remembers personal experiences and how one deals with such memories.

You will first be asked to complete several measures of individual differences assessing your mood, your tendency to engage in systematizing behaviours, executive functioning that reflects the style of manipulating, inhibiting and generating information such as numbers and letters. You will also complete a short test of verbal ability as verbal ability can influence autobiographical memory retrieval.

During completion of the memory diary, you will be asked to record a total of 10 voluntary memories and 10 automatically arising memories, maximum 2 memories per day. For each memory, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the characteristics of the retrieved memory, and how you relate to and cope with it.

All collected data will be confidential.

Participants will be paid £10 for their participation.
Contact details:

Barbara Dritschel (PI)
bd9@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Participants wanted: for a study on autobiographical memory

PROJECT TITLE: An examination of voluntary and involuntary autobiographical memory retrieval in autism spectrum disorder.

This study is being conducted as part of my, Dr. Barbara Dritschel, research programme at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews. (Ethics Approval code PS14174)

We invite you to participate in a research project examining how being on the autism spectrum affects how one remembers personal experiences and how one deals with such memories. We are seeking individuals who are not not on the autism spectrum to serve as controls for this study.

You will first be asked to complete several measures of individual differences assessing your mood, your tendency to engage in systematizing behaviours, executive functioning that reflects the style of manipulating, inhibiting and generating information such as numbers and letters. You will also complete a short test of verbal ability as verbal ability can influence autobiographical memory retrieval.

During completion of the memory diary, you will be asked to record a total of 10 voluntary memories and 10 automatically arising memories, maximum 2 memories per day. For each memory, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the characteristics of the retrieved memory, and how you relate to and cope with it.

All collected data will be confidential.

Participants will be paid £10 for their participation.

Barbara Dritschel (PI)
bd9@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Mandatory Workshops for PGRs who Teach (AY19-20 dates)

Research postgraduates must complete mandatory courses before engaging in any teaching or marking (you only need to do them once).  The purpose of the workshops is to ensure that all postgraduate teachers have a basic understanding of the UK educational environment, awareness of relevant St Andrews policies and the range of support available for students, and grounding in the basic skills they will need to teach groups of students and to mark student work effectively. For the full range of support available see Support for Postgraduate Researchers who Teach.

(Research staff who do some teaching can either do these workshops or the relevant Academic Staff Development Programme workshops.)

You need to do one Tutoring/Demonstrating and one Assessment workshop.  If you can’t make the Faculty-specific workshops, you are welcome to attend any of the other ones – the same principles are covered, it’s just the examples that differ.  You must also complete the online course Diversity in the Workplace before attending the face-to-face workshops.

Book these workshops using the online booking system.

  • Tutoring and Demonstrating: An introduction (cross-Faculty) – Thurs 29th August 2019, 1-5pm
  • Assessment and Academic Misconduct: An introduction (cross-Faculty) – Fri 30th August 2019, 1-5pm
  • Tutoring in the Arts: An introduction – Tues 10th September 2019, 1-5pm
  • Assessment and Academic Misconduct (Arts): An introduction – Wed 11th September 2019, 1-5pm
  • Tutoring & Demonstrating in the Sciences: An introduction – Thurs 12th September 2019, 1-5pm
  • Assessment and Academic Misconduct (Science): An introduction – Fri 13th September 2019, 1-5pm

There are “catch-up” sessions for students arriving later in the semester who will be teaching in semester 1.  These workshops are for students from all Faculties.

  • Tutoring and Demonstrating: An introduction (cross-Faculty) – Thurs 3rd October 2019, 1-5pm
  • Assessment and Academic Misconduct: An introduction (cross-Faculty) – Fri 4th October 2019, 1-5pm

Note that these are the only dates in semester 1 that the mandatory courses will be run.  After that the next round of workshops will be 21st & 22nd (Arts) and 23rd & 24th (Science) January 2020.

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Participants wanted: University Student’s Mood

This study is being conducted as part of my, Harriet Hobday’s, Postgraduate Degree in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. (UTREC Approval Code, PS14296).

We invite you to participate in a research project exploring the relations between the quantity and quality of social contacts, group identification, and mental wellbeing amongst university students. The survey will use established scales measuring the quantity and quality of contact with family members and fellow students, group identification, perceived stress, depressed mood and loneliness.

You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire which contains 86 questions that we anticipate will take 25 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be anonymous and held confidentially by the researcher and supervisor involved in this project. Before agreeing to participate in this research you will be given a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail my research before consenting to participate.

After completing this survey/questionnaire you will have a chance to be entered into a prize draw to win 1 of 4 x £50 Amazon vouchers.
Link: https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qQiO96hZOxd6TP

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Participants wanted: Medical students for an online survey about coping, stress and burnout

Project Title: How Do Medical Students Manage Stress and What Role Does Medical Educational Environment Play In Experience of Stress?

This study is being conducted as part of my, Wei Qian Ong, Vacation Research Scholarship in the School of Medicine.

We invite you to participate in a research project to investigate the impact of stress management, competitiveness and perceived medical education environment on a medical student’s stress and burnout.

You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire which we anticipate will take 15-20 minutes (90 tick box questions) to complete. The information you provide will be anonymous and held confidentially by the researcher and supervisors involved in this project. Before agreeing to participate in this research you will be given a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail my research before consenting to participate.

Students who participate in the survey will be will be given the opportunity to enter into a prize draw with 10 x £10 high street voucher, 2 x £25 high street voucher and 1 x £50 high street voucher. 

Link to the survey: https://tinyurl.com/medstcoping

UTREC Approval Code: MD14339

For more information, please contact:

Researcher:          Wei Qian Ong
Supervisor:           Dr Gozde Ozakinci, Dr Anita Laidlaw
Contact Details:    medstcoping@st-andrews.ac.uk

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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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Participants wanted: for a study on mindfulness and autobiographical memory

This study is being conducted as part of my (Aleksandra Eriksen Isham) PhD research project at the School of Psychology &  Neuroscience.

We invite individuals with a history of depression (low mood) to participate in a research project examining how mindfulness training affects the way individuals remember personal experiences. Participants should be fluent in English; be in the age range 18-65 years old; and should not be experiencing an ongoing episode of depression.

The study includes two groups: one which will take part in an online mindfulness training program over a period of eight weeks, and one that will be invited to complete the mindfulness training programme after the study period has ended. All participants will be asked to complete measures (questionnaires and interview) of autobiographical memory, emotion regulation, psychological symptoms and style of thinking and experiencing the world, as well as 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 inclusion criteria of the study. Eligible individuals will be invited to take part in the study.

Monetary reward for completion of the study: £23.

All collected data will be confidential.

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

Approval code: PS13167

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Orientation Week 2019 needs You!

Plans for this year’s Orientation Week are well underway and we want to make this year the best yet! One of the main ingredients of a successful Orientation Week is the team of our enthusiastic student volunteers who provide so much in so many different ways to the new students.
Remember what it was like when you came to the University for the first time? You had so many questions, felt so unsure, and couldn’t find a thing! Your job as an Orientation Volunteer will be to make the new student feel welcome, involved, and prepared for their first year in the Bubble.
All we ask is that you can be back in St Andrews by Friday 7th September, ready for Orientation Week kicking off with Move-In Day for Halls the next day, Saturday 8th September. Pick up some T-shirts, choose your duties, and get involved in the fun!
So how about it? Go on…you know you want to! Get in touch by emailing orient@st-andrews.ac.uk and help make Orientation Week one of the most memorable St Andrews experiences for everyone!

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MMS maintenance: Tuesday 18th June

MMS will be unavailable from 08:00 to 11:00 on Tuesday 18th June for system maintenance. During this time an update will be carried out on the database that underpins MMS.

The MMS related sections will also be unavailable in MySaint.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

If you have any queries or comments please contact the IT Service Desk at itservicedesk@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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