Memos for: Staff

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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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: 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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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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Participants wanted: Do our decision defaults of the past affect our decision defaults of the future?

We invite you to participate in a Masters research project investigating decision-making in the presence of a default (i.e. preselected) option. We are interested in the effect a default may have across multiple decision scenarios, particularly scenarios that vary by time and context.
You will be asked to make fifty choices in a computerised decision-task, which we anticipate will take 1 hour 23 minutes to complete. The experiment will take place in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. 
The information you provide will be anonymous and held confidentially by the researcher 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.
You will be reimbursed with £7 for your time. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to opt into a prize draw to win a £20 Amazon voucher, which will be awarded to the highest-scoring participant.
UTREC Ethics Approval: PS14264
Researcher: Lauren Leak-Smith
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Male participants wanted: Assessment of Attractedness

Study description: To investigate the love at first sight phenomenon, this study aims to discover how we communicate attractedness (i.e. being attracted) to the people we find attractive and whether this process is identifiable by another person.

You are invited to participate in the second part of my study where you will view a set of video clips and evaluate if the person in each clip appears as being attracted to someone. You will be asked to answer some demographic and personal questions prior to the experiment, including your age, gender, sexual orientation, and relationship status. During the study, you will view a set of video clips and rate whether the person in the video appears they are attracted to someone. This information will be kept 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 our research before consenting to participate. The study will take around 30 minutes and you will be reimbursed £3 for your participation.

Eligibility criteria: This study is currently restricted to male participants.

Taking Part: Please sign up on SONA under the heading – Assessment of Attractedness – Part 2. Alternatively, you may also email Paris Young at pcps@st-andrews.ac.uk to arrange an appointment directly.

UTREC Approval Code: PS14171

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Introduction to University Teaching 1: Supporting Student Learning (ID5101)

This is an optional 10-credit, Masters-level module which is open to early career academics and postgraduate teachers.  Participants on this module will be able to consider issues in more depth than is possible in the introductory workshops to further enhance their learning and teaching skills. This is a practice-based, professional development module which emphasises reflection on practice.

A pre-requisite for enrolling is that participants be actively engaged in tutoring, demonstrating or lecturing.  The module is not available within the advising system; enrolment is by application directly to the module co-ordinator, Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee, and applications must be received no later than 13th September 2019.

Places are capped at 14.  More information and the application form are available on the following pages. Please contact Dr McKiggan-Fee if you have any questions.

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HEA Fellowship Application Workshop (19th June)

This workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and different categories of HEA Fellowship (Associate, Fellow or Senior), and then provide advice on making an individual route application, beginning with deciding which category is most appropriate for you, and tips for writing an effective application. We will do some small group work to generate ideas for what you might include in your application and how you will evidence that you have had a positive impact on student learning.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9539

There will be time near the end of the workshop to start drafting your application, if you wish.  Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee (Senior Fellow) will be on hand to answer any questions you have as you’re writing, in terms of relevance of content, appropriate evidence, etc.  However, you may prefer to do your writing in another venue.

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “Very useful, especially when it is not clear to you which application you should go for.”
  • “Well worth taking time to listen to useful advice and also good to bounce ideas off others who are also applying.”
  • “Very knowledgeable tutor. All my reservations/inhibitions now disappeared. Many thanks to Heather – much appreciated.”
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Participants wanted: for an online study to test memory using letters and pictures

We invite you to participate in a research projecton testing memory performance for letters and pictures.

You will be asked to view a series of images of neutral scenes and then to complete two memory tasks. You will then also be asked questions relating to your mood and about yourself. I predict that the survey will take around 10 to 15 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.

This study is being conducted as part of Jocelyn Bell’s MSc Dissertation in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

There is also the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £20 Amazon vouchers once the survey has been completed.

Link to the survey: https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6RQFT6qzv2hvVQN

UTREC Approval Code: PS14276

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