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Current studies are listed below. There is an associated email list and Essex users can register on the "participants" list.

If you are not a member of staff or a student at the University of Essex and wish to be added to the email list, or if you are seeking participants and would like to add your research to this page, please contact Beverley Pascoe (beverley.pascoe@essex.ac.uk).

Influence of thoughts of death on behavioural and cerebral activity associated with pleasant and unpleasant sensory stimulation

  • We are currently looking for participants between 18-40 years old, who are right-handed, with normal or corrected-to-normal vision. No past or present neurological and psychiatric conditions and not taking any psychoactive drugs.
  • The study aims to investigate the behavioural and neural changes in pain perception due to different cognitive states. The electroencephalography (EEG) will measure the electrical activity of the brain while you will experience moderately painful electrical stimuli (tolerance to the stimuli will be ensured in a preliminary assessment phase based on the participant's/your reports). Trust that personnel are highly trained in this procedure and the electrical stimulation is controlled and monitored during the experiment. It cannot cause any harm to you. Also, we will be carefully screening that you do not have any health condition that may interfere with the procedure well before the experiment. You will be asked to rate the sensation on a scale from 0 to 100. During the experiment we will ask you to reflect on some hypothetical situations. Some of these situations will have negative affective content. You can leave the study at any time if any aspect of the experience makes you feel uncomfortable. The EEG set-up implies wearing an elastic cap with small electrodes. The procedure is completely safe and non-invasive. To ensure the good recording, a water-based gel will be applied to the scalp which the participant can wash easily after the experiment (there are washing facilities, clean towels, hair dryer, and shampoo in the department). Electrodes will be applied on the left hand and will deliver short, controlled stimuli.
  • The experiment has two sessions. There should be at least 48 hours between the sessions. One session lasts no more than 2 hours with hair washing and drying. Participants will be reimbursed with £40 after the second session.
  • If you are interested in taking take part in the study, you will be required to complete a screening form which can be obtained by contacting the researcher Istvan L Gyimes via email ig16036@essex.ac.uk.
  • If you have any further questions about the research please do not hesitate to contact the researcher Istvan L Gyimes ig16036@essex.ac.uk.
  • Ethical approval was obtained from the University of Essex Ethics Committee
  • Data collection period until 15 September 2018.

Investigating the effects of emotional stimuli on tactile mirroring in individuals with low and high levels of depersonalisation

  • Do you sometimes suddenly feel as if you were not real, or cut off from the world? If this feeling sounds familiar to you, we would like to invite you to take part in our research study at the Psychology department.
  • The study involves the measurement of your brain's activity with electroencephalography (EEG), which is a harmless non-invasive imaging technique. Because it requires the application of gel through your hair, you will want to wash your hair afterwards. You can do this in our washing facilities, or at home if you live nearby. Your brain activity will be recorded in response to light vibrations on your hands and you will be looking at pictures of emotional faces (happy and angry) and of hands being touched.
  • The session will take 2 hours including questionnaires, EEG preparation and washing, and you will be paid £12.
  • You must be 18 years old to participate.
  • If you would like to participate or have any further questions about the research, please contact Cassie (hl17152@essex.ac.uk). You will be sent a link to an online screening questionnaire, which only takes 1 minute to complete.
  • Ethical approval was obtained from the University of Essex Faculty Ethics Committee
  • Data collection period until end of December 2018.

Food and body perception in differently motivated vegetarians

  • At the Psychology department we are working on a research project, in which we are interested in what motivates vegetarians/vegans/pescetarians to follow their diet.
  • We have a brief (10 minute) survey, which we would like to invite you to complete.
  • We are also doing a separate follow up study how vegetarians' brains perceive images of food and other stimuli. There is no financial compensation as such, but participants will be entered into a prize draw for 3 x £20.
  • If you are interested in participating (in the survey only, or in both survey and brain imaging), please send an email to Madiha at mshabia@essex.ac.uk and a link to the survey will be sent to you in reply.
  • This project has been reviewed on behalf of the University of Essex Ethics Committee and had been given approval with the following number HG1805.
  • Data Collection period until 31 December 2018.

Mindfulness and Values Study

  • We are currently looking for students to participant in an online study.
  • Are you interested in mindfulness? Do you want to learn about yourself and what you value in life? This is an opportunity to take part in an online study and help contribute to the research base of mindfulness itself.
  • What is the study about? As part of a doctoral study, we are interested in exploring whether mindfulness training combined with a values clarification and goal-setting task can impact on how people feel about themselves and others.
  • What does the study involve? This is a web-based study and involves questionnaires and tasks over a 3-week period – all the resources you need are provided online, and most can be completed on mobile devices! If you are happy for us to do so, we will send you emails to let you know when it is time to complete the next part of our study.
  • You will be asked to complete a variety of questionnaires, some of which ask about how you feel about yourself and your mood, and others ask about your thoughts and feelings towards other people. Once you have finished the questionnaires, half of the people who take part in this study will receive two weeks of mindfulness training. This involves listening to a 10-minute mindfulness exercise four times a week, for two weeks. Those who do not receive mindfulness training will have a two-week period in which they do not have to complete any tasks (but can access the mindfulness training after completing the study).
  • After this two-week period, you will be asked to complete a few more questionnaires. You will next be asked to write about things that are important to you (your values) and to set a goal based on your values. The idea is that you complete that goal over the next week. We will then ask you to complete a final set of questionnaires.
  • What are the incentives to complete the study? All participants will be entered into a prize draw to win up to £50 in Amazon vouchers for their participation!
  • How can I get started? If you would like to participate, please use the following link to get started: http://bit.ly/mindfulnessandvalues.
  • Any questions? Please do not hesitate to contact Lauren Becker (Trainee Clinical Psychologist) via email (Lauren.Becker.2016@live.rhul.ac.uk) should you need any further information or if you would like a copy of the information sheet for you to keep.
  • The research is being supervised by Dr Jess Kingston (Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, Jessica.kingston@rhul.ac.uk) and has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee at Royal Holloway.
  • Data Collection period until end of February 2019.