Memos for: Undergraduates

Participants wanted: The impact of flooding on a community

This study is being conducted as part of my (Meng Zhang, aka Logan) PhD research project at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

The study aims to explore how people react in a flood. We invite you to participate in an experiment where you will experience a simulated flood, and some scenarios adapted from previous field studies in 2018. In the experiment, you will need to report your feelings and perceptions of the event, and you will also need to make choices in certain scenarios.

You should be at least 17 years old and should not have experienced a flood before.

The experiment will take no more than 30 minutes and it is conducted in the Social Immersion Lab. You will be reimbursed with £3.

If you are interested, please sign up on SONA with the following link:
https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1089

Ethical approval code: PS14082

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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 programme 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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Participants wanted: Visualising and analysing activity data to gain insight

What?
I invite you to participate in a research project which is focused on creating new ways of visualising data gathered by activity trackers (or activity data collected by your smartphone). You will be asked to participate in an evaluation of created visualizations. The purpose is to improve prototypes of visualisations that will help the users to gain insight about their activity habits.

Who?
I am looking for users who track their activity data (using activity trackers or smartphone) of various levels – from very active users to the more occasional ones.

You will be asked to provide feedback on created visualisations. The sessions will take place in the School of Computer Science and it will last up to one hour. The information you provide will be anonymous and held confidentially by 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.

Reward
Refreshments will be provided.

This study is being conducted as part of my Human Computer Interaction Taught Masters Degree in the School of Computer Science. UTREC approval code: CS14376

Contact Details
Researcher: Petra Peterkova
Contact Details: pp59@st-andrews.ac.uk

Supervisors: UtaHinrichs, RuthLetham
Contact Details: uh3@st-andrews.ac.uk, ruth.letham@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Development are recruiting: Join our Autumn and Spring phone campaigns as a telephone fundraiser

Connect with St Andrews alumni and parents to update them on projects at St Andrews, renew contact information, gather feedback on publications and activities and to ask for donations in support of our current fundraising priorities such as the Laidlaw Music Centre, scholarships & bursaries, sport and more.

You can apply here https://buffalofc.formstack.com/forms/standrewstelethon2019_20

for Autumn or Spring campaign or both by midnight 7th October 2019. Indicate your rota preference (will be two weekday and one weekend shift per week for three weeks each campaign) on the form and training is compulsory.

Dates for Autumn: Training: Saturday and Sunday 26th & 27th October.
Calling: Monday 28th October to Sunday 17th November.

Dates for Spring: Training: Saturday and Sunday 8th & 9th February.
Calling: Monday 10th February to Sunday 1st March.

NOTE: We aim to stick to rota choice however Autumn is focused on calling the US so there may be requirement for late night shifts. Spring is UK and international and times may vary. Callers must be able to show some flexibility.

Rates in region of:
Basic and training rate: £8.75 per hour
After 10pm £9.69 per hour
After midnight £10.24 per hour

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Participants wanted: runners and joggers for a study on prediction guidance and running

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.

This study is being conducted as part of Konstantinos (Kostas) Liverakos’ PhD Research Programme in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience (Ethics approval code: PS14429), and it takes place at the University of St Andrews Sports Centre.

Participants are required to be 18-40 years old and have running or jogging experience (run or jog at least twice per week). Participant should have cumulative running experience of over a year.

The study involves one session, lasting for approximately 40 minutes. During each session, participants will be asked to complete 2 short questionnaires on running self-regulation and exercise experience. Following these, they will then have to complete 1 very short, high-intensity running workout.

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

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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 £15 for their participation.

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

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

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 £15 for their participation.

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

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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: Seeking Dads: For Online Child Food Study

Contact Dr Joanne Cecil at childfoodstudy@st-andrews.ac.uk for more information and to take part.

UTREC approval code: MD12886

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