Participants 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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Russell Trust Development Awards (Staff) – Applications Now Open

The 2019 Russell Trust Development Awards (Staff) are now open for applications.

The awards are open to all members of University staff seeking support for a work-related project and have an upper limit of £5,000.

For further information and to apply please visit https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/development/trusts-and-foundations/russell-trust/staff-award/ or email russelltrust@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 19 April 2019.

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UNISON AGM – Friday 22nd March

The University of St Andrews Branch of UNISON will hold its Annual General Meeting on Friday 22nd March at 1 pm in the Students’ Association (Small Rehearsal Room). All UNISON members are warmly welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see as many UNISON members as possible at the AGM. It is your opportunity to learn more about UNISON’s work, meet the 2019/20 Branch officers and raise any questions you may have.

In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about UNISON at the University, please contact us by email at unisonmail@st-andrews.ac.uk or by telephone on 07763 775477.

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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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McCall MacBain Teaching Award (last chance to submit)

In order to provide a distinctive complement to our existing university and student-led teaching award schemes which already recognise great teaching, the McCall-MacBain award focuses on those who contribute to advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning. The award is a bursary of £750, to be used for personal and professional development in relation to teaching.

This is the final year of this award scheme. The application deadline is 5pm on Mon 18th March 2019.  For full details of the criteria and to download an application form see: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/teaching/funding/mccall-macbain/

If you have any questions please contact Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee at capod@st-andrews.ac.uk.

The University of St Andrews is grateful to the McCall MacBain Foundation for enabling us to establish an award scheme to recognise staff that have shown outstanding contributions to teaching.

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Achieving impact with the UK Parliament (27th March)

Two guest speakers from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) will be visiting St Andrews to provide an overview of how the UK Parliament uses research, explaining ways that researchers can work with the institution including details on Select Committees, legislative scrutiny, the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries, writing policy papers and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). There are only a few places left – book soon to avoid disappointment!

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9228

You will get practical advice on how to find opportunities to engage and how to communicate your research at Parliament, as well as information about parliamentary impact and REF2021. You will also have the opportunity to think and work through the policy relevance of your own research. The session will be delivered by Dr Sarah Foxen, Knowledge Exchange Manager, and Dr Abbi Hobbs, Head of Social Science, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, UK Parliament.

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Rapid, critical and strategic reading (4th April)

NEW this year, this GRADskills workshop for research students and staff is designed specifically for researchers who are interested in developing their literature analysis skills. With over 3 million academic papers being published each year it can be challenging for researchers to read and assess all of the relevant literature. In order for academic reading to be effective, it needs to be a combination of efficient (in terms of speed and retention), strategic and critical. This workshop will give you a number of tools to help you to assess more quickly, more strategically and more critically. You will be able to draw on the experience and feedback and apply this knowledge to your own research processes.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9043

The workshop will also cover how to get the most out of journal club sessions: understanding the aims, what your supervisor expects, tackling interdisciplinary papers and how to ask pertinent questions that stimulate discussion. We will cover the key aspects to critiquing a paper, how to extract the main points and techniques to optimise your time.

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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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