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.


Understanding the attitudes and behaviours of different social groups about international events (Online Study)

What’s involved? We are interested in people’s attitudes towards significant,  international events and how people perceive the attitudes of different social groups to be. Considering previous literature within social psychology, it is predicted that people are inaccurate in predicting the beliefs and attitudes of others, however similar research has not yet been conducted investigating attitudes towards significant, international events.

This is an online study lasting approximately 30 minutes, where you will answer some questions about yourself and your attitude towards significant, international events, and then you will be asked to answer similar questions from the point of view of other social groups. The study is open to current Staffordshire University Psychology students.

Staffordshire Psychology students can sign up to the study via SONA and claim 2 SONA credits.

This study was approved by the Staffordshire University Research Ethics Panel.

Lead ResearcherDarel Cookson (darel.cookson@research.staffs.ac.uk)

Supervisors: Dr Daniel Jolley (Daniel.jolley@staffs.ac.uk), Dr Robert Dempsey (robert.dempsey@staffs.ac.uk) and Dr Rachel Povey (r.povey@staffs.ac.uk)

Closing Date: June 2018


The role of individual differences on perceived facial attractiveness and distinctiveness (Online Study)

 

What’s involved? This online study is investigating the individual differences associated with the attractiveness and distinctiveness of faces. Research has already indicated that faces perceived to be more attractive and/or more distinctive more likely to be remembered, but the research literature is not clear about the role of factors like positive personality traits, mood or thinking styles, in these ratings. Understanding how such individual differences factors are associated with perceptions of faces’ attractiveness and distinctiveness is key to better understanding the selective attention we may pay towards certain faces over others.

This study will ask you complete a series of measures of your mood, personality and thinking styles, and you will be shown some faces to view onscreen which you will rate later. Further details of the study’s procedures can be found via the website link (see title and below)

Staffordshire Psychology students can sign up to the study via SONA and claim 3 SONA credits.

If you’re interested in finding out more, please click here to view the study’s website and/or to start the study.

This study was approved by the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee at Staffordshire University.

Lead Researcher: Dr Robert Dempsey (robert.dempsey@staffs.ac.uk) with Dr Maria Panagiotidi (both Staffordshire University).

Closing Date: September 2018


What do people know and believe about Antimicrobial resistance? (Online Study)

 

Over recent years, there has been a rise in the incidence of drug resistant infections. These infections pose a serious threat to worldwide health. As the spread of infections has a behavioural element, it is important to understand what people know about the causes and the consequences of these types of infections. It is also important to understand what people think and believe about these infections where they have come from and how they spread. It is hoped that this research will be the first step in understanding public beliefs about drug resistant infections and could help us to develop interventions to increase awareness, and help to prevent the spread of such infections.

What’s involved? We are looking for adults over the age of 18 years to complete an online questionnaire. You do not have to have any expertise in drug resistant infections, and don’t worry if you have little or no awareness of it; we still would like your views as we are trying to understand what the general population know and think about it. The study will involve answering questions about your beliefs, thoughts and knowledge of drug resistant infections. The study takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and there is the opportunity to enter a draw to win £20 Amazon Vouchers.

Staffordshire University students can claim 2 credits by signing up to the study via SONA.

More information, and a link to the online study can be found here: https://winchesterpsychology.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cTFEKM06vgUw8pD

This study has received ethical approval from University of Winchester’s Research Ethics Committee.

Researchers: Dr Heather Semper (heather.semper@staffs.ac.uk@staffs.ac.uk) & Dr Margaret Husted (Margaret.husted@winchester.sc.uk)

Closing Date: July 2018


The relationship between children’s behaviour and preferred screen based content (Online Study)

 

Although children are spending increasing amounts of time engaging with screen based content, especially TV content and apps running on smartphones and tablets little is known about how different types of content might be associated with children’s behaviour. Investigating the type of content that children choose to engage with (i.e. their preferred content) and their behaviour characteristics will provide some insight into this. It is hoped that this will lead to further research which will be able to investigate more closely the extent to which different types of content may increase or decrease certain types of behaviours.

What’s involved? We are looking for parents of children aged between 3 and 8 years to complete an online questionnaire. This involves answering questions about their child’s behaviour as well as their preferred TV programmes and apps. The study takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and there is the opportunity to enter a draw to win one of two £20 Love2Shop Vouchers.

Staffordshire University students can claim 2 credits by signing up to the study via SONA.

Click here for further information about the study (and to take part).

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

Lead ResearcherDr Sarah Rose (s.e.rose@staffs.ac.uk)

Closing Date: May 2018


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