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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 (

Resources which determine academic success of British and Polish students with specific learning difficulties

  • Participants Restrictions: Participants must be enrolled in the following programmes: MSc in Discrete Mathematics its Applications and MSc in Mathematics and Finance
  • Aim of the Project: This research is conducted for the fulfilment of a PhD programme at the Institute of Pedagogy at the University of Gdańsk, Poland. This study is about students’ resources (resources understood as in Antonovsky’s theory). The results of this research will contribute to the development of this field of study.
  • Principal Investigator: Izabela Pietrowska, Institute of Pedagogy at the University of Gdańsk, Poland for further details
  • In order to take part in the research, you should take the online survey.
  • Data Collection Period: Until November 2017
  • Ethical Approval: Board of the Institute of Pedagogy at the University of Gdańsk

Contrast Discrimination for Migraine Sufferers

  • Aim of the Study: I am currently running a study for individuals who experience migraine with visual warning symptoms (visual aura) but who only experience the symptoms in one half of their vision. You are likely to experience migraine with aura if you have severe headaches with the following symptoms:
  1. You experience headaches lasting between 4 and 72 hours when they are left untreated by pain medication.
  2. Your headaches occur in only part of your head, have a pounding quality with severe pain and are aggravated by physical movements.
  3. You experience nausea/vomiting and/or a strong urge to avoid light or sound.
  4. You experience visual symptoms/disruptions in only the left or right side of your vision when you are looking directly ahead.
  • You must have experienced 5 or more headaches with some or all of the symptoms above to participate in this study.
  • If you believe you are eligible to take-part, please complete the screening questionnaire. This will take less than 5 minutes. At the end of the questionnaire you are asked to leave your email address. If you are eligible for the study, I will contact you directly to arrange a time-slot.
  • During the study, we will identify a colour of illumination that is comfortable, and a set of glasses lenses of this colour will be made-up. You will view 4 circular patterns of stripes on a computer screen and choose which one is of higher contrast than the remaining three. This task will be completed wearing one of two pairs of coloured glasses. The task will take around 1.25 hours to complete and you will be paid £7.50 for your time.
  • Participants Restrictions: If you have previously participated in ‘Contrast Discrimination for Migraine Sufferers’ then I’m afraid you won’t be able to sign-up again.
  • Individuals who have photosensitive epilepsy should not take part and normal colour vision is required.
  • Principal Investigator: Amelia Aldrich
  • Ethical approval was obtained from the University of Essex Faculty Ethics Committee.
  • Data Collection Period: Until 8 December 2017

Reconsidering family law’s understandings of money in modern day couples

  • I am seeking participants for a research study exploring how finances are both held, and thought about, in modern day couples. The study is examining financial independence within relationships, and the extent to which assets are being treated by partners as being joint or, alternatively, separate.
  • I am seeking to recruit people who are presently cohabiting with a partner or are in a formalised relationship (i.e. a marriage or a civil partnership).
  • Participation would involve an interview with me lasting for approximately one hour. The questions asked would allow you to reflect on your financial behaviour within your relationship, and responses will hold significant weight in a study aimed to ensure that family law reflects the society within which it operates. Interviews would take place at a mutually agreed location.
  • For full information about how to take part, and should you have any queries, please contact: Dr Charlotte L Bendall (, School of Law.
  • The data collection period is until the end of December 2017.
  • The project has been granted ethical approval by the University of Essex, Faculty Ethics Committee.

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