Memos for: Undergraduates

The Egg Escape – CAPOD

The CAPOD Eggheads have planned to egg-scape for a bit of spring fresh air on Monday 22nd April. Rumour is they are planning to hide themselves in St Salvator’s Quad. As it is nearly exam season, we need all the stress heads we can get. For each egg returned there will be a chocolate reward.

To claim your reward, all you have to do is find one of the eggheads, bring them back to the CAPOD office and tell us about one of the services that CAPOD offers.

You can find out more about CAPOD on our webpages: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/capod/

Email us at capod@st-andrews.ac.uk

Pop by the office in St Salvator’s Quad

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Participants wanted for mindfulness meditation 2-week online study

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.

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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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 mindfulness meditation 2-week online study

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.

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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Participants wanted: for an experiment in decision making

You are invited to participate in a laboratory experiment in economic decision making.

Several sessions for this experiment are expected to take place over the next two months.

The first session is scheduled for Monday 25th March at 2pm and will take place in the Experimental Economics Lab, located near School VI (in the Quad).

Every participant who shows up on time will be compensated with at least £2.
However, the expected earnings for each participant are significantly higher than this amount, and depend on his/her decisions during the experiment as well as on chance.

You can register for only ONE session.

Each session will typically last around 60 minutes, but might run slightly longer.

No method of deception of any kind will be used. You will be allowed to withdraw your participation at any point if you wish.

If you would like to participate, you can sign up by clicking on the following link so you can later receive an email invitation that will enable you to choose a session
(you must register using your University of St Andrews email address):

https://portal.st-andrews.ac.uk/orsee/internal/public/

UTREC approval code: EC14020

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Nominations are now open for the Student Leader of the Year 2019 award

The closing date for the University of St Andrews’ Student Leader of the Year award is Monday 15th April 2019 (noon).

The award is open to all matriculated students and aims to recognise leadership in all its forms – be that self-leadership, peer leadership or leadership within the community. Supported by the Proctor and sponsored by the Professional Skills Curriculum, the winner will have the award listed on their academic transcript and they can claim up to £300 towards a personal development event of their choice.

This is not an academic award; it is designed to celebrate leadership and personal development. We welcome applications from a broad variety of leadership backgrounds – examples include sports, student societies, charities, student enterprise, start-ups, team members and team leaders.

You do not need to have changed the world; you just need to have made something happen!

For more information on applying, or on nominating a student, please see the website or contact us on capod@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Participants wanted: Here during the Spring Vacation: Participate in a well paid economics study (no knowledge of economics is required)

We need many participants for a series of studies taking place during the next three weeks. So if you are here during the break, this a is a good opportunity to participate.

In our studies participants face a variety of choice scenarios, and their choices lead to cash rewards. (The average overall compensation is very competitive – recent average pay has been well above the living wage hourly rate.  In the study we are conducting at the moment there is a show-up fee of £5, plus considerable extra pay, the level of which is  determined by choices that participants make and chance.)

Economics studies (known as economics experiments) are a fun activity. No previous knowledge of economics is required. Indeed, that is often a plus. The experiments use no deception and no physical stress of any kind. Your identity is kept confidential from other participants.

We would thus like to encourage you register to participate in our economics experiments. To obtain more information and to register in order to participate, please go to:

https://portal.st-andrews.ac.uk/orsee/internal/public/

(To register you need to use your St Andrews e-mail address. Often the registering system works better with the abbreviated e-mail address, e.g., xyz123@st-andrews.ac.uk than the full name and long e-mail address.) If you have problems registering please e-mail us using the web-site e-mail address.

UTREC approval code: EC12333

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Would up to £1000 help to fund your summer internship?

The Summer Internship Award for Change (Careers Centre) is now open for applications for summer 2019. Formerly the NFP, the award can fund travel expenses and/or living costs of up to £1000.

The main purpose of your internship should be to bring about ‘positive change‘ to an organisation, cause, others or yourself. The host organisation must be not-for-profit‘, ie voluntary, charitable or a social enterprise and can be overseas – this is to encourage participation by students who are not catered for by the typical internships offered by commercial or large public organisations. Internships in universities and governments are not eligible. Your internship must contribute to ‘graduate’ level work. It should be project based with defined tasks and definite outcomes. Further information is available on the Careers Centre website.

Criteria

  • Available to matriculated undergraduate students who are not in their final year
  • Full award normally for 4 weeks duration or more
  • This award does not cover internships which require any fee or fundraising

Apply

 

  • Apply through the MySaint portal. On the My Applications tab you will find the Scholarships and Funding Catalogue, select academic year 2018/19. Filter, eg type Careers and the scholarship will auto filter in the list. Then click apply.
  • The application deadline is 5 May 2019.

 

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Participants wanted: Research seeking participants for a study on prediction guidance and exercise (Reward: £4 & body fat % measurement)

This study is being conducted as part of Konstantinos (Kostas) Liverakos’ PhD Research Programme in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience (Ethics approval code: PS14081).

Participants are required to be 18-40 years old and have exercise experience.

The study involves one session, lasting for approximately 30-40 minutes. During each session, participants will be asked to complete 3 short questionnaires on exercise confidence. Following these, they will then have to complete 2 very short, high-intensity workouts.

You will be compensated with £4 and an accurate body composition measurement (i.e. total and segmented body fat percentages, bone mass, metabolic age, daily recommended calorie intake, and muscle mass) using a TANITA scale.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Kostas Liverakos (kl65) or sign up on SONA.

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Participants wanted: Individuals with a history of depression wanted for a study on mindfulness and autobiographical memory

Project title: Effects of mindfulness training on autobiographical memory

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

We invite individuals with a history of depression 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 program 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.

All collected data will be confidential.

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

Approval code: PS13167

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