Memos for: Staff

Participants wanted: Research seeking runners and joggers for a study on prediction guidance and running (Rewards: £4 & body fat % measurement)

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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Interested in Mindfulness? Join Mindfulness Society!

Mindfulness Society runs weekly guided mindfulness sessions and welcomes all students, staff and community members. Feel free to email us (mindfulness@st-andrews.ac.uk) or visit our Facebook page (@MindfunessSocSTA) to learn more about our events.

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Participants wanted: Research study, mapping decisional utterances, accuracy likelihood and emotion (£5).

We invite you to participate in a research project aiming to assess how the language we use to describe our certainty/uncertainty in a particularly choice (i.e. a decisional utterances such as “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 computerised memory task in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. you will be asked to make judgements about a series of contextualised decisional utterances (e.g. “I am very unsure my old response was correct”). Your judgments will consist of a percentage rating corresponding to how likely you think the decision an utterance was referring to was correct. You will also make ratings on a visual analogue scale corresponding to the emotions you think the individual who made the utterance was likely to be experiencing after making their decision (e.g. satisfied -> neutral -> regret). 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 given a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail our research before consenting to participate.

Participants must be aged 18 years of over.

The study is listed on SONA under the heading – Interpreting the language of decision-making. Click to find out more.

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

UTREC Approval Code: PS14278

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Participants wanted: give your opinions for science

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.

Participants must be aged 18 years or over.

Click here to complete our brief online survey.

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: Social immersion experiment – 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: for a pilot study

I am looking for participants to complete an online survey on perceived concreteness, typicality, and imageariality of various word phrases. Please follow the link below to access the survey. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated!

https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3I45EI25PjaR8AB

Ethical approval code: PS14468

 

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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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Advance HE Subscription

The University is pleased to announce that it has recently renewed our collaborative institutional subscription with Advance HE—an organisation which formed in 2018 from a merger between Equality Challenge Unit, Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education—and is dedicated to driving positive change in higher education. With over 15 years of resources to access, as well as knowledge and insight into the key sector opportunities and challenges, Advance HE exists to help higher education shape its future. They offer expertise in the areas of excellence in education, transformative leadership, equality and inclusion and effective governance. Further, they administer a number of development programmes and surveys which the University participates in, such as the PRES survey, as well as the Athena SWAN and Aurora programmes. If you feel so inclined, you can keep up to date with the latest HE sector news, reports and research, information on a range of Advance HE services and awards that can support you in your role by registering for Advance HE Connect. To further explore the benefits of institutional membership, including discounts on other services, visit Advance HE Memberships.

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Academic Adjustments for Disabled Students

The University has recently updated the Academic Adjustments for Disabled Students Policy for academic year 2019-2020. To that end, the policy more thoroughly outlines the processes and procedures through which all disabled students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, can request reasonable academic adjustments to both teaching and assessment. Next, the policy addresses the key principles which frame the procedures, it describes the legal context, the scope of reasonable adjustments, and it identifies the responsibilities of all parties. Guidance documents with further information on the implementation of the policy are provided separately for both staff and students.

Further, the Staff and Student Guidance on the Academic Adjustments for Disabled Students Policy have been created through consultation with Student Services, most especially the Disability Services Team, Human Resources, Disability Coordinators from multiple Schools, student focus groups, and the Student Association’s Director of Education. Next, Disability Coordinators have reviewed the new policy and guidance documents as part of their annual training in collaboration with Student Services’ Disability Team. So if you have any questions please get in touch with the Disability Services Team or your School’s Disability Coordinator.

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