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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 (

How does linguistic distance affect reaction times in an auditory lexical decision task?

  • I am testing the effect of linguistic distance in a lexical decision task and I am looking for participants whose first language is either Greek, or Spanish.
  • Participants will be asked to listen to a recording of a list of words, and non-words of English, and would press a button depending on if they think it is a real word or not.
  • The experiment will take around 40 minutes.
  • If you have any further questions about the research or would like to take part in the study please contact James Robinson, Department of Language and Linguistics
  • Ethical Approval was obtained from the University of Essex Faculty Ethics Committee.
  • Data Collection period until 31 March 2018.

Food perception in individuals that enjoy clean eating (and those that do not)

  • We, in the Psychology department, are conducting research into how people perceive food and are looking to pay people to take part in our research: Do you love healthy and pure eating?, Then we would like to recruit you for our research. This study explores whether food perception and brain activity differs in people who only want to eat healthy/pure foods. Don’t really care about healthy food? If you want to be a participant, you still can!
  • Fill in a 10 minute questionnaire. After we have received the questionnaire responses back from the required number of people, we may ask if you want to participate in phase two.
  • Phase two consists of looking at - and rating - pictures whilst we record the electrical activity your brain produces. This will take place at the University of Essex and last approximately 90 minutes. The pictures you see will be of foods in different states of preparation as well as objects like electrical household appliances. The electrical activity in your brain will be measured with EEG, a nearly 100-year-old technique of measuring brain activity via electrode caps placed on the scalp. It is completely safe (it only measures what is already there and does not produce any electricity itself), but is a little messy. The experimenter will fill each electrode with conductive gel (a salty paste) and will work the gel through your hair. You will be provided with everything you need to wash your hair in our facilities afterwards. After phase two is finished you will receive £10.
  • If you would like to participate, please contact one of the researchers to receive a link to the questionnaire: Roshanna Verbeek: Jake Bourgaize:
  • If you have any questions about the research, please feel free to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
  • Ethical approval was obtained from the University Faculty Ethics Committee.
  • Data Collection Period: Until April 2018

Study on Second Language Acquisition

  • Native English monolingual and French-English bilingual speakers needed for a study on second language acquisition.
  • Participants will take part in two experiments involving a comprehension and a speech production task. Testing last about 40min in English (and 40min in French for the bilinguals only).
  • Upon completion, participants receive £5 per testing session.
  • If you would like to participate the following criteria applies:
  • - You must be less than 35 years old
  • - Be a native English speaker with no knowledge of French
  • OR
  • - Be a native English speaker with intermediate/advanced knowledge of French
  • OR
  • - Be a native French speaker with intermediate/advanced knowledge of English
  • Participant Restrictions: You should not have any speech pathology or visual problem
  • If you have any further questions about the research or would like to participate please contact Dr Coralie Herve (
  • Ethical approval was obtained from the University of Esssex Faculty Ethics Committee
  • Data collection period until 18 May 2018