Memos for: Undergraduates

Participants wanted: Individuals experiencing low mood needed 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 (ethics approval code PS12711).

This 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

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Participants wanted: give your opinions for science

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.

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

Taking Part: 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: 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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Three Minute Thesis Final (24th May)

3MT is a worldwide competition that challenges PhD students to present their research to a non-specialist audience in just 3 minutes using only 1 slide.  Come along to the Byre Theatre on 24th May as our 8 finalists compete for the title of St Andrews 3MT champion. If you are a taught student considering whether to pursue doctoral studies, this is a great way to get some insight!

The audience will vote for the winner of the People’s Choice award, who will receive a Kindle Fire HD 8.  The winner as selected by our judging panel will receive a £500 Public Engagement grant to be used to further communicate their research and will be put forward to represent the University at the UK semi-finals.

The final takes place on Friday 24th May at 3pm in the Byre Studio Theatre, and is open to the public. There will be a free drinks reception hosted at the Byre afterwards for all audience and participants. Tickets are free and can be booked through the Byre website (https://byretheatre.com/events/three-minute-thesis-2019/).

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Introductory TEFL Course: May 25th -27th

3 Day Introductory Course in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Places are still available on a weekend (3 day) course being offered by English Language Teaching from 25th to 27th May which is designed to provide very practical and constructive training to anyone interested in teaching English as a Foreign Language.  The course will take you through how to approach teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing to non-native learners, classroom management, lesson planning and teaching young learners.  You will also have the opportunity to put all this into practice and receive feedback by delivering a short ‘lesson’ on the final day of the course.  No previous teaching experience is required and the course is open to all.

Second year modern languages students, who have already applied to the British Council for language assistant posts abroad starting in September 2019, can attend the course at the specially subsidised rate of £50. The full cost is £225.

For full details of this course, please go to our website at: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/short-courses/tefl-and-teacher-training/tefl/

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Evening Languages 2019/20 Semester 1

Enrolments for next semester’s evening language programmes are open with courses at many levels, including complete beginner, in a variety of languages. For the timetable and details of how to enrol go to: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/non-degree-courses/evening-language-courses/ and open the pdf under ‘Timetable and enrolment instructions’. Students, staff and members of the public are all welcome to enrol.

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Participants wanted: Seeking individuals experiencing low mood, £15 Reward

We invite you to participate in a research project investigating the link between understanding what others feel, believe and think, and solving social problems.

The study consists of two sessions. In the first session, you will be asked to fill out a demographic questionnaire, and you will be interviewed using structured clinical interviews during the screening stage to assess your mood state. Individuals who meet the inclusion criteria will be invited to fill in measures of thinking style, communication flexibility and personality. Afterwards you will be asked to complete tests of cognitive and executive functioning, such as the Stroop test. In the second session, you will be invited to complete measures of social functioning, assessing social problem-solving and the ability to understand what others think, believe or feel.

Please note that participation in this study will not result in any formal diagnosis.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for students aged 18 to 35 years, fluent in English, who have never been diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder, Psychotic Disorder, a learning or reading disability, disorder or difficulty, or a traumatic brain injury, and who have been experiencing low mood in the past 2 weeks.

To sign up via SONA, follow this link: https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1042

Reward:
You will be reimbursed for your participation with the standard monetary amount given by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. You will receive £15 for the full 3h study. If you decide to withdraw or do not meet the inclusion criteria, you will be reimbursed for the time you contributed to the next full 15-minute increment (i.e. if you participate for 35 minutes, you will be paid for 45 minutes).

UTREC approval code: PS13953

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Participants wanted: Individuals experiencing low mood 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 (ethics approval code PS12711).

This 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)

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Participants wanted: Does Stress influence Cognitive Skills?

Do you want to help us discover how the mind works when solving problems and dilemmas? Do you want to earn some extra money?

We are interested in studying the relationship between stress and cognitive skills.
Therefore, we will ask you to perform some language, numeric and decision-making tasks, as well as, a questionnaire about your stress levels and some questions about yourself (e.g. age, gender). Furthermore, we will also ask you give us a sample of your saliva twice and to wear a finger-clip for 15-20 minutes to measure your heart rate.

The experiment will last approximately 1 hour. Participation is completely confidential and voluntary. You will receive £5 in compensation for your time.

If you want to participate or would want more information on the matter please email ads21@st-andrews.ac.uk

If you have a SONA account you can also sign up here https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1096

UTREC code: PS14222

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Funding for Student Drama Productions: Deadline Extended

Looking for financial assistance for a dramatic or other stage production?  Do you want to go the extra mile with your costuming or set pieces?  The Student Drama Advisory Group may be able to help.

For more information, including the application form, please visit http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/money/bursariesandscholarships/antonytudorfund/

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 20 May.

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