Live Research Projects

The following research projects are recruiting for participants.

Many projects have specific requirements of their participants, so please ensure that you meet these requirements before applying.

For Adults

  • Undercover Agent

    Experiment: Take part in a task as an undercover agent, and then convince an interviewer you are innocent! Whether you will be an undercover agent with good intentions or not, you will have fun helping science! This study will show professional investigators how to not be fooled when detecting liars. Will be rewarded £7 for your help!

    Participant Requirements: Non-native English speakers. If you have learnt English as a second language, please sign up!

    Duration: The study lasts a maximum of 50 minutes.

    Location: B floor of Whewell building (above the Babylab, near Fylde) - Lancaster University (Main Campus)

    DatesRecruiting until the end of summer, or when 80 participants have taken part, whichever happens first.

    Contact details: Email Irina Tache at or find the study ‘Undercover Agent’ on SONA at (anyone with a Lancaster email can sign up to SONA).

  • Eye movement research on healthy controls for Alzheimer's research

    Experiment: The main purpose of this research is to develop new clinical tests that can identify changes in the normal control of movements of the eye. These eye movement tests may be used to improve patient care, such as helping to diagnose diseases of the mind (for example Alzheimer’s disease) earlier or in measuring the early effects of new treatments. 
    The research study contains two sections, which may take place in a single appointment. The first includes answering a series of memory and attention related questions and the second involves recording your eye movements as you view some videos on a computer screen. 

    Participant Requirements: Normal or corrected vision is required. 

    Duration: The experiment will take 1 hour. 

    Location: B21 Whewell, Lancaster University. 

    Dates: Recruiting until Oct 2018. 

    Contact details: Dr Thomas Wilcockson,, 01524 595023

  • Participant Pool for Security Vetting Study

    Experiment: You are invited to participate in a study that focusses on self-disclosure in security vetting scenarios. At this moment, we are organising a participant pool for this study. Your involvement is confidential and information you provide will be protected. Once you've contacted the researcher, she will send you an information form and demographic form to fill out. We will then contact you about an upcoming study, which will occur in the next 6-12 months. The study will entail an audio recorded interview in which you will be asked personal questions akin to those asked in security vetting procedures, and may include topics such as your involvement in criminal activity. Our study will be cleared in advance by relevant university ethics boards, which ensure the research won't put anyone at risk. Given the nature of this type of study, your confidentiality and privacy are of utmost importance. For these reasons, you will be asked not to share your name or identifying information during the study. The participant pool is voluntary and you are free to withdraw your interest or participation at any time. You will be paid for your participation in the study.

    Participant Requirements: To be determined.

    Duration: 30 minutes - 1 hour

    Location: To be determined.

    Dates: Recruitment for the study will take place between from May 2018-December 2018

    Contact details:

  • Hearing and Ageing

    Experiment: The study aims to characterize and understand changes in hearing with age. The experiment consists of a battery of auditory, EEG, and cognitive tests. These include: 

    Discrimination and identification of speech and non-speech sounds presented through headphones (e.g. detecting which of two sounds has a higher pitch, or identifying a word in a noisy background). 

    Tests of cognitive performance (e.g. ability to memorize sequences of digits of increasing length). 

    Recordings of electroencephalographic (EEG) responses to sounds. EEG recordings measure the tiny currents generated by the brain through electrodes placed on the scalp. 

    Further information is available on our lab webpage: 

    Participants will be paid £7 per hour.

    Participant Requirements: Female native British English speakers aged 60 or older. People who have been diagnosed with a hearing loss at low frequencies (at or below 4000 Hz) cannot take part in the study.

    Duration: The test battery takes between six and seven two-hour sessions to complete (total duration is between 12 and 14 hours). 

    Location: Room A65, Bowland North - Lancaster University. See for directions. 

    Dates: Recruiting until the end of summer 2018, or when 100 participants have taken part, whichever happens first. 

    Contact details: Samuele Carcagno, e-mail:

  • Exercising the brain using brain-stimulation during limb immobilisation.

    Experiment: The purpose of this study is to investigate whether brain stimulation to specific brain regions has an impact on muscle strength performance and brain activity after your arm has been immobilised in a sling across a 4-day period (Monday-Thursday, or Tuesday-Friday). 

    This study involves using a type of non-invasive brain stimulation, where brief magnetic pulses will be applied to your head in order to subtly and temporarily influence the way the brain works. This is not harmful or painful, but may feel like a light tapping sensation. The study also requires you to wear your dominant arm in a sling for the 4-day period and to undergo a series of muscle strength measures. 

    You will be compensated £50 for your time. 

    Participant requirements: To be eligible, you should be male and right-handed, be between 18-30 years old, have a BMI between 19-25 and have no history of neurological, psychiatric or primary muscle disorders. 

    Duration: The study will consist of 4 sessions across 4 consecutive days which will take approximately 2 hours each (interim visits may be shorter). 

    Location: B20 Whewell Building, Lancaster University. 

    Dates: Recruiting now until September 2018. 

    Contact details: Dr Helen Nuttall, or find the study ‘Exercising the Motor Cortex using TMS during Arm Immobilisation’ on SONA at

  • Understanding the lives of those with chronic respiratory conditions

    Experiment: This study looks at understanding the every day lives of those with chronic respiratory conditions, their care journeys and scoping the possibility of using technology to help them manage their condition. We are interested in speaking with those who have a chronic respiratory condition or somebody who cares for someone who does (such as family members, friends, paid carers, or other). If you agree to take part in this study, the researcher will meet you in a location that you are most comfortable and conduct a face to face interview with you to ask you about the topics outlined above. There are no monetary incentives for participating. 

    Participants: We are looking to speak with those who have a chronic respiratory condition (such as COPD) or somebody who has or has cared for someone with a chronic respiratory condition in the past. A carer may be a family member, a friend, a paid carer or similar. 

    Location: The location will be decided between the researcher and participant, but it will be somewhere that the participant feels most comfortable (for example a public library, coffee shop, etc). The researcher will travel to the participant. 

    Dates: Recruiting until December 10th 2018. 

    Contact details: Please contact expressing your interest

  • How often do you lie?

    Experiment: If you click on this link:, your device will take you to a website called Qualtrics, which will ask you the questions. The questions are about how often you lie to other people. It will also show you 9 different scenarios and ask you whether you would lie in these scenarios and how you would feel in that situation. Your participation is completely anonymous: I will not be able to see who took part.

    Participant requirement: You're happy take part and able to give informed consent.

    Duration: It will take 15 to 30 minutes to answer all the questions.

    Location: Wherever you are with an internet connection

    Dates: close 20-12-2018

    Contact detail:

  • Step, Two, Three, Four! How Well Can You Remember a Set of Actions?

    Experiment: This study is investigating how we remember actions. It is part of a wider project that aims to understand how different concepts are represented and formed in our minds. You will be asked to watch an instructional video of someone making a small model. You will then be asked to make the same model from memory. You will be video recorded doing this so that we can later analyse how well you remembered the instructions. You will be paid £3.50 for your time.

    Participant Requirements: Due to the nature of the study, you must be a native English speaker, with normal or corrected-to-normal vision, and able to carry out a simple manual task such as assembling a toy (i.e. have full upper body mobility).

    Duration: Approx. 20 minutes.

    Location: Whewell Building, Lancaster University.

    Dates: Recruiting until end of December 2018.

    Contact details: Please email Dr Briony Banks ( for further information or to take part.

For Children

  • No Current Live Projects

    There are not currently any ongoing projects in this category. We are adding new projects all the time so please check back later.