Participants 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.

The 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).

Ethics approval code PS12711.

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Participants wanted: for Economics studies (no knowledge of economics is required)

We need many participants for a series of studies taking place between now and the end of February.

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 extra pay, the level of which is  determined by choices that participants make and chance.)

Economic 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.)

UTREC approval code: EC12333

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Participants wanted: online personality test

We invite you to participate in an online research project investigating personality traits in individuals with and without atopic diseases. Atopy is defined as the predisposition to produce an antibody-mediated (allergic) response to common environmental allergens. This predisposition can manifest as one (or more) of the three atopic diseases: asthma, eczema and hay fever. Whether you have been diagnosed with an atopic disease or not, you are welcome to participate and find out more about your personality!

The experiment is divided into two parts, both of which take the form of an online questionnaire. In total, it is expected to take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete. In the first section, you will be asked some basic demographic information about yourself and whether or not you have been diagnosed with an atopic disease. If applicable, you will then be asked some questions about the severity of your condition. The second section is composed of a personality test, in which you will rate how much you agree or disagree with some statements about yourself. Your results will be summarised and presented to you at the end of the experiment along with a full debrief (you can find more information about the study here).

Find the study here: https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bBCn8i96JDT8wYt

Project: Atopic Diseases and Personality Experiment
Researcher: Olivia Coltman / Supervisor: Akira O’Connor (aro2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Ethical approval code: PS13947

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Participants wanted: social media use and wellbeing in female students

We are looking for female university students aged 18 or over to participate in an online study investigating social media use and wellbeing. Participants have the opportunity to win one of ten £20 Amazon vouchers. We anticipate the study will take 25 minutes.

For more information and/or to participate, please visit https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5arE4CiRXqj0Nbn

Ethical Approval: PS 13963

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Participants wanted: give your opinions for science

Eligibility criteria:  Participants must be aged 18 years or over.

Taking Part: Click here to complete our brief online survey.

Study description:We invite you to participate in an online experiment aiming to assess how different decisional utterances (e.g. “I think there is a very good chance I am right”) are interpreted. You should note there are no right or wrong answers across our experiment we are simply interested in your opinions, which will be given in the form of ratings, across a range of utterances.

You will be asked to complete a short online experiment. The experiment will be divided into two major parts, I) a demographics information form and II) a decisional utterance questionnaire. During the demographics information form, you will first provide a small amount of demographic information (e.g. your Age, Gender and Nationality). During the decisional utterances questionnaire, you will be asked to make rating scale judgements about a series of contextualised decisional utterances (e.g. “I am very unsure my old response was correct”). The information you provide will be anonymous and, should you give permission in the Consent Form, shared with other bona fide researchers and used for future scholarly purposes. Before agreeing to participate in this research you will be provided with a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail our research, allowing you to be fully informed before giving consent.

If you would like any more information please email Josephine Urquhart at jau2@st-andrews.ac.uk.

UTREC approval code: PS13645

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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 – infant research

If you’re the parent of a baby, or currently expecting, we’d love to chat to you about our new project taking place in the St Andrews Baby and Child Lab (located in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, St Mary’s Quad).

The project is looking at the development of communication and social abilities in babies from 6 to 10 months. You and your baby would be asked to come in to the lab for 5 sessions, once per month. Each session involves your baby being videotaped playing with you, followed by a series of brief, specially-designed tasks that look at the social and physical abilities of your child. Each session lasts about an hour. You will also be asked fill out a questionnaire about your baby and to make occasional diary recordings of relevant behaviour and developments at home.

For each session you and your baby attend, you will receive a small toy or book as a thank you gift. At the end of the study, you will receive a copy of the video recordings of you and your child. Those travelling from a distance can claim travel expenses (including parking expenses) if needed.

We hope participating in this project will be a fun and rewarding experience for you and your baby! If you’d like to hear more or come and visit the lab, email us at babyandchildlab@st-andrews.ac.uk or visit our website at https://developmentlab.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk. We look forward to meeting you and your baby soon!

Ethics Code: PS13951

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Writing a literature review – Arts Thesis (6th February)

The literature review is a key component of a research degree: it motivates and contextualises the research question and launches the research. But developing a review is a complex task. Navigating seemingly limitless publications and shaping wide-ranging notes into a coherent text can feel overwhelming. This GRADskills workshop offers practical ways of managing this process and laying the foundations for a review that meets the relevant criteria.

Please bring along a printed copy of a short article in your field that you are familiar with and that you are planning to discuss or refer to in your literature review.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=8856

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “It is brilliant if you feel overwhelmed because it teaches how to dissect, critique and sort sources.”
  • “Extremely helpful in identifying how to improve your reading + how this will assist the lit review.”
  • “I am so glad I attended this at the beginning of my studies. It will make me much more efficient and effective in my reading.”
  • “Very useful advice for one of the hardest, least-well defined, and ultimately boring
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Finding funding during your PhD (7th February)

Whether it’s a small sum to attend a conference, a hardship grant or support for research expenses, every postgraduate will find themselves applying for money at some point. This GRADskills workshops for research postgraduates will cover many aspects of fundraising, from a helping hand with your fees to setting up a student-led journal. It will explore how to identify potential funders, avoid common mistakes and pitfalls, ensure your application is as attractive as possible, and keep on top of the reporting and evaluation required if successful.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=8305

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “It was a brilliant workshop and gave us a lot of new opportunities to look into.”
  • “Ben offered interesting insights into the ‘thought’ processes that funding body panels have when looking through applications.”
  • “Tons of resources I had no idea existed to hunt up funding.”
  • “Very useful, friendly, welcomes questions.”

You many also find Fundraising for your postdoc on 22nd February helpful.

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Getting Your Science Research Published (11th February)

This GRADskills workshop for research postgraduate students will focus on key aspects of writing and publishing your research by discussing how to prepare your manuscript; select  the appropriate target journal; make a successful submission; and deal with editors and referees.  The workshop will be delivered by an experienced research-active academic who has supported the career development of PhD students and postdocs throughout her career. It will involve a number of short presentations, discussions and other activities.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=8354

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “This provided valuable advice both on the world of academic paper-writing and also how to write well.”
  • “I found very useful the examples of how to write the cover letter and address reviewers comments. Also the literature matrix.”
  • “This is an excellent introduction to the process of writing & publishing scientific papers.”
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