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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).

Emphasized Infant Directed Speech (IDS) facilitates word segmentation in hearing impaired children

  • We are currently working on a project that is looking at how babies are able to pick out words from fluent speech; this is known as word segmentation. We're looking for 9 month old babies for our study at the university Babylab within the next couple of weeks.
  • The study consists of a short familiarisation phase. During this stage you will be asked to play silently with your child whilst speech recordings are being played. This phase should take approximately 15 minutes. Following this, your little one will be seated in a high chair (with you right behind) so that we can measure how long he or she likes to listen to words that were played before or new words. For this we are using an eye tracker, which is a camera that can evaluate where someone is looking on a TV screen. The study will take place in a quiet room in the Linguistics Department, and it lasts for about 20mins. Children are generally happy with this duration, as initially they are playing with toys and following this presented with an interesting screen.
  • If you have a child of that age or know someone who has a child of that age and would be interested in taking part in our short study please contact Natalie-Aston and Agnes nharric@essex.ac.uk we will set up an appointment with you. Just let us know the day and time that would suit you and your child. This is a MA project supervised by Claire Delle Luche (c.delleluche@essex.ac.uk) at the University of Essex’s Babylab.
  • Data Collection period is until 11 August 2017.
  • The study has been granted ethical approval by the University of Essex Faculty Ethics Committee.

Is this a word of English?

  • The goal of this study is to test the lexicon organization in bilinguals of both close languages (English, French) and bilinguals of distant languages (English, Greek). We are investigating how quickly words are recognised in monolinguals and bilinguals.
  • We are looking for English-French bilinguals and English-Greek bilinguals (18-50 years old). Your participation in the study will require you to complete a questionnaire (in the first part of the study) which will be used to guarantee that you meet the criteria of bilingualism. In the second part of the study you will be asked to complete a lexical decision task, which requires you to decide with a button press whether a presented word is a word of English or not.
  • The participation in this study will last for approximately 30 minutes.
  • If you are interested in participating, please contact Chrysoula cs16930@essex.ac.uk or Naomi nb16839@essex.ac.uk. This is a MA project supervised by Claire Delle Luche (Language and Linguistics, c.delleluche@essex.ac.uk).
  • Data collection period is until mid August 2017.
  • The study has been granted ethical approval by the University of Essex, Faculty Ethics Committee.

Language Acts and Worldmaking

  • Language Acts and Worldmaking is a flagship project funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, which aims to regenerate and transform modern language learning by foregrounding language's power to shape how we live and make our worlds.
  • We are aiming to collect data as widely as possible, and would like to hear from all research students, even if you haven’t been involved with language learning or have no language learning background. This is an exciting project which will ultimately produce a peer-reviewed paper and policy document, and will contribute to the understanding and improvement of training provision for graduate research students across all disciplines.
  • In order to take part in the research, you should complete the survey. Depending on the answers given, the survey should take between 5 and 20 minutes to complete.
  • Principal Investigator: Alice Hazard, Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Language Acts and Worldmaking, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, King’s College London alice.p.hazard@kcl.ac.uk.
  • The data collection period is until the end of August 2017.
  • The project has ethical approval from the Research Ethics Office at King’s College London.

Why do I not sound native English?

  • The goal of this study is to explore how children who listen to and speak both English and Greek pronounce specific English sounds, when compared to children who listen to and speak British English only. We are also interested in exploring what happens when we compare the speech productions of adult populations with a similar language background to those of the children.
  • We are looking for English-Greek bilingual adults and Southern British English monolingual adults (aged 18-50). We are also looking for English-Greek bilingual children (aged 4-10) and Southern British English monolingual children of the same age.
  • Your participation in the study will require you to first complete a questionnaire about your language profile in the different languages you speak (if the participant is a child, the parent/carer will need to complete the same questionnaire about their child). This will help us categorise you (or your child) into the appropriate group (monolingual/bilingual). In the second part of the study you will be asked to participate in three simple language games designed for children. All games will require you to name pictures of objects and animals in different contexts (story reading, picture sorting, creating a new story). During your participation in the language games your voice will be recorded with a standard microphone.
  • The study takes about 40 minutes to complete.
  • If you are interested in participating, or can bring your children to participate please contact Lenia egalat@essex.ac.uk. This is a PhD project supervised by Dr. Claire Delle Luche (Language and Linguistics, c.delleluche@essex.ac.uk).
  • The data collection period is until the end of September 2017.
  • The study has been granted ethical approval by the University of Essex, Faculty Ethics Committee.

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 izabela.pietrowska2@gmail.com, 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 aaldri@essex.ac.uk.
  • 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 (charlotte.bendall@essex.ac.uk), 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.