Volunteer

The Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research 17664002728_acb9354acf_bconducts research into a range of behaviours and psychological phenomena. We are always seeking volunteers to help us with our research by being participants in our studies.

Current calls for participants for our research are listed below.

Please note that some studies are conducted online (so you can take part by clicking the links below) whilst others may involve visiting our Science Centre to take part. Our research is conducted in line with British Psychological Society guidance and is subject to approval by a Research Ethics Committee to ensure that the highest standards and precautions are taken with all of our studies.

If you have any questions about one of these studies, please contact the study’s Lead Researcher via their listed email address.


Investigating Task Demands on Cognitive Processing of Emotion

What’s involved: The study is an eye-tracking experiment investigating the influence of task demands on the cognitive processing of emotional images, and is taking place in the Science Building on the Leek Road site in Stoke, in room R307.

Anyone can take part who is aged 18 or over and who has normal vision (or corrected to normal with glasses or contacts). The session lasts for 15 minutes during which you will be asked to view some moderately emotional images and complete some computer tasks.

Sessions are running on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10am and 3pm, so if you are interested please contact the research assistants below for more information and to arrange a time: lauraperkin@hotmail.co.uk or emma.roberts@research.staffs.ac.uk

Full ethical approval has been received for this this study from the Research Ethics Committee at Staffordshire University.

Lead Researcher: Dr Louise Humphreys

Email: l.humphreys@staffs.ac.uk

Starting date: May 15th 2017.

Closing date: July 28th 2017.


Pro-social Behaviour, Personality & Mental Health (Online Study)

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What’s involved? This study is exploring how pro-social behaviours such as volunteering impact on mental health and coping strategies, e.g. suicidal thinking and self-harm.

You will be asked to complete several psychometric questionnaires about your pro-social behaviours (e.g. how much you volunteer), your inter-personal needs (e.g. how much you feel you belong), related personality traits and potential self-harm engagement and suicidal thinking.

The survey takes between 30-45 minutes depending on your reading speed. Further information about the study can be found via the study’s website (click here).

This study has received ethical approval from the University of Chester Psychology Ethics Committee (Ref: KH120117) and Staffordshire University’s Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

Lead Researcher: Dr Robert Dempsey (lead for Staffordshire University; robert.dempsey@staffs.ac.uk), with Dr Kevin Hochard (University of Chester; overall project lead) & Dr Nadja Heym (Nottingham Trent University).

Closing Date: September 2017


An Investigation Into Spectating Athletes and Star Wars

 

Participation will involve:

  • Take part in an interview lasting around 60 minutes, spectating athletes imageanswering some questions about yourself and either
    • your favourite sport and about athletes who you are familiar with,
    • or, your favourite Star Wars film(s) and characters who you are familiar with.
  • During the interview, we will connect some non-invasive electrodes to you and record your heartrate (ECG) and galvanic skin response (GSR). These electrodes have an adhesive back which is placed onto your skin located at your  fingertips (GSR) and your ankles (one each) and wrist area (ECG).

 You are able to take part if you:

  • Have an interest in watching athletes and/or Star Wars, whether this is live or on television.

Staffordshire University Psychology students – you can receive 4 participation vouchers for taking part in this study. The study will take place in the Science Centre at Staffordshire University

This study has received ethical approval from the Staffordshire University’s Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

Lead Researcher: Dr David Goss and Dr Michael Batashvilli

Contact Dr David Goss (david.goss@staffordshire.ac.uk) for further information about the study or to arrange a time to take part.

Closing Date: Ongoing


The effects of an appearance alcohol-related intervention on thoughts, attitudes and intentions towards drinking alcohol.

Participation will involve:

  • Taking part in an appearance alcohol-related intervention.
  • Completing a brief questionnaire before and after taking part in the intervention and then again four weeks later.

 You are able to take part if you:

  • Are a male or female between the ages of 18 and 34 years.
  • Drink alcohol, even if only occasionally.
  • Do not have a history of alcohol dependency.

The survey will take around 45 minutes (this includes completing the four-week follow up questionnaire). Psychology students – you can receive 3 participation vouchers for taking part in this study. The study will take place in the Science Centre at Staffordshire University

This study has received ethical approval from the Staffordshire University’s Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

Lead Researcher: Dr Alison Owen and Dr Keira Flett with Prof Sarah Grogan (Manchester Metropolitan University).

Contact Lisa Cowap for further information about the study or to arrange a time to take part (l.cowap@staffs.ac.uk)

Closing Date: October 2017


The relationship between social support, well-being, & life satisfaction in postgraduate students (Online Study)

 

What’s involved?

  • Completing an online questionnaire regarding perceptions of social support, well-being and general life satisfaction.
  • Takes around 10-15 minutes to complete

You must be a current Post-Graduate Student to take part in this study.

Interested in taking part or would like further information about the study? Please follow this link: bit.ly/2iWIduc 

Full ethical approval has been received for this study from Staffordshire University’s Research Ethics Committee.

Lead Researcher: Jamie Gillman, jamie.gillman@research.staffs.ac.uk

Closing Date: September 2017


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