Closed Projects

Please note that recruitment for these projects is now closed.

  • Detecting malicious intent at Security Checkpoints (in virtual reality)

    Experiment: This study aims to investigate how people behave when questioned at security checkpoints using virtual reality technology Participants will be wearing a head-mounted display (HMD) to immerse themselves in the virtual reality environment. Body movement will be measured via a wireless motion-tracking suit and verbal responses will be recorded. Please do not wear loose fitting clothes or thick jumpers.

    Participants will be paid £5 for their time

    Participant Requirements: Native/fluent English speakers. Please do not sign-up if you have a history of feeling sick/dizzy during VR.

    Duration30-40 minutes maximum

    LocationWhewell building, room B16, Lancaster University

    Dates: Recruiting until mid-May.

    Contact details: t.mapala1@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Strategies in Reasoning with Dyslexia

    Experiment: The main aim of the research project is to examine how people reason and the different types of learning strategies that people with dyslexia use.

    First you will be asked to do some matching of visual patterns, and then a paper and pencil problem solving task. In this task you will be asked to determine the conclusion from information presented in two sentences about logical relations. This will be followed by a short training session, in the form of a booklet that demonstrates a particular method for problem solving. Then you will try again to solve some problems similar to those you have previously seen. 

    Participation in this study is confidential; all data will be analysed and stored anonymously, therefore no one will be individually identifiable.

    Participants will be paid £10.50 for participation.

    Participant Requirements: Participants with dyslexia only

    Duration: One hour 30 minutes

    Location: Fylde College, Lancaster University

    DatesRecruiting until 15th June 2018

    Contact details:k.rawlins@lancaster.ac.uk

  • An Examination of Eyewitness Interviewing Practices

    Experiment: The main aim of the research project is to examine how people reason and the different types of learning strategies that people with dyslexia use.

    First you will be asked to do some matching of visual patterns, and then a paper and pencil problem solving task. In this task you will be asked to determine the conclusion from information presented in two sentences about logical relations. This will be followed by a short training session, in the form of a booklet that demonstrates a particular method for problem solving. Then you will try again to solve some problems similar to those you have previously seen. 

    Participation in this study is confidential; all data will be analysed and stored anonymously, therefore no one will be individually identifiable.

    Participants will be paid £10.50 for participation.

    Participant Requirements: Participants with dyslexia only

    Duration: One hour 30 minutes

    Location: Fylde College, Lancaster University

    DatesRecruiting until 15th June 2018

    Contact details:k.rawlins@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Evaluation of short stories for affective and semantic properties

    Experiment: The main aim of the research project is to examine how people reason and the different types of learning strategies that people with dyslexia use.

    First you will be asked to do some matching of visual patterns, and then a paper and pencil problem solving task. In this task you will be asked to determine the conclusion from information presented in two sentences about logical relations. This will be followed by a short training session, in the form of a booklet that demonstrates a particular method for problem solving. Then you will try again to solve some problems similar to those you have previously seen. 

    Participation in this study is confidential; all data will be analysed and stored anonymously, therefore no one will be individually identifiable.

    Participants will be paid £10.50 for participation.

    Participant Requirements: Participants with dyslexia only

    Duration: One hour 30 minutes

    Location: Fylde College, Lancaster University

    DatesRecruiting until 15th June 2018

    Contact details:k.rawlins@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Perceptions of Firearms

    Experiment: This is a cross-cultural study conducted in collaboration with Franklin & Marshall College (USA). For this study you will complete a brief 10-minute questionnaire. To thank you for participating, you will have the option of entering a lottery to win a £50 gift card. 

    Participant Requirements: Over 18 years of age. 

    Duration: 10 minutes. 

    Location: This study can be completed online from any quiet location. 

    Dates: Recruiting until 30th June 2018. 

    Contact details: Questions about the research can be directed to Stylianos Syropoulos (s.syropoulos@lancaster.ac.uk) or Dr Nicola Power (n.power3@lancaster.ac.uk). A link to online questionnaire is here: https://fandm.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cVfPoAde9mx4p7v

  • Perceptions of safety in our daily lives

    Experiment: This is a cross-cultural study conducted in collaboration with Franklin & Marshall College (USA). For this study, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire regarding your perceived safety. Prior to the questionnaire you will read a short article. To thank you for participating, you will have the option of entering a lottery to win a £50 gift card. 

    Participant Requirements: Over 18 years of age. 

    Duration: 15 minutes. 

    Location: This study can be completed online from any quiet location. 

    Dates: Recruiting until 30th June 2018. 

    Contact details: A link to the online questionnaire is here: https://fandm.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beo2wVs2xZKt6Nn Questions about the research can be directed to Stylianos Syropoulos (s.syropoulos@lancaster.ac.uk) or Dr Nicola Power (n.power3@lancaster.ac.uk).

  • 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: c.winters1@lancaster.ac.uk

  • 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 h.tendedez@lancaster.ac.uk expressing your interest

  • How often do you lie?

    Experiment: If you click on this link: https://lancasteruni.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Cv7W2EIhEvuPzL, 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 detaill.warmelink@lanacster.ac.uk

  • 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 (b.banks@lancaster.ac.uk) for further information or to take part.

  • Goshna: Accessible Airport Announcements for the deaf or Hard of Hearing

    Experiment: The Goshna mobile application aims to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing more easily navigate airports. This is done by providing users of the application information and notifications about their flights (such as gate number and boarding time) which is typically available on screens or verbally announced in an airport. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, then in many airports you are limited to constantly checking the screens. Our intention is to provide greater independence to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

    If you decide to take part, we would like you to participate in a one-to-one interview or focus group (group interviews with about five people), where we will ask about your experience of navigating airports, how being deaf or hard of hearing has impacted your experience of airports, and your experience with the mobile application we are developing. You will be given the opportunity to use our prototype and give feedback on it as part of the study.

    The interview will last about an hour and will be performed face-to-face, allowing adequate time to use the application, discuss your experiences in airports, and using the application. All interviews are audio recorded and transcribed. Your responses will be anonymised and if used in academic publications will not identify you. Data is stored securely and only named researchers will have access to it.

    Participant Requirements: Hearing impairment (deaf or hard of hearing), and has travelled at least once through an airport.

    Duration: Max 1-hour.

    Location: University campus, Infolab21 (or other locations on campus, depending on room booking)

    Dates: Recruiting until 31st January 2019

    Contact details: c.bull@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Workshop call for participation: 'Designing for a Changing Internet'

    Experiment: 
    In the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, we are conducting a study into everyday use of the Internet, and how this might be shaped for the future.
    The workshop will involve:
    - Reflecting on your use of the Internet, particularly for watching, listening and social networking activities
    - Discussing and designing solutions with other participants for adapting our use of the Internet 
    As a thank you for your time, a £10 Amazon voucher will be given to you.
    Coffee, tea and biscuits will also be provided.

    Participant Requirements: Participants must use digital devices (e.g. smartphone or laptop etc.) and the Internet in their daily lives.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Location: Lancaster University campus (Science and Technology building A076)

    Dates: The workshops will take place on Friday 1st March 2019 9am-12pm and Monday 4th March 2019 6pm-9pm. Participants are invited to attend one of the workshops.

    Contact details: Kelly Widdicks: k.v.widdicks@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Line Manager Perspectives on Staff with Premenstrual Difficulties

    Study Information:

    We are researchers from Lancaster University carrying out research that aims to employee line manager perspectives on the topic of reproductive health, specifically premenstrual difficulties. Line managers play a critical role in staff wellbeing and productivity. However, what we do not yet fully understand is the line manager perspective on this health issue and how employers can, or should, help support line managers in feeling more able and confident to help their female staff with such issues. This is what the research aims to achieve. The research is kindly being funded by Aviva UK.

    Participant Requirements:

    The research is asking all line managers to complete a short anonymous online survey.

    Duration:

    It will only take around 15-20 minutes and your individual responses will not be shared

    Location:

    The survey is online so can be taken using a desktop, tablet or mobile device.

    Date:

    The survey must be completed by 15th February 2019 

    **EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY 22nd FEBRUARY***

    Link:

    https://lancasteruni.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bx9EUTnQqPiiJ1z

    Contact details:

    If you have any questions or problems with the survey, please contact Eleanor Thorne (e.thorne@lancaster.ac.uk) directly. The survey is anonymous so only the research team will have access to the data.

  • Exercising the brain using brain stimulation during arm immobilisation

    Experiment: The purpose of this study is to investigate whether muscle strength and brain function can be boosted by brain stimulation whilst the arm is immobile in a sling. The purpose of the study is to find out how muscle loss can be prevented during arm immobilisation, and how arm immobilisation also affects your perception of your arm.

    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 safe, and 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 and arm perception measures.

    You will be given a £50 inconvenience allowance 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 muscle/joint problems. You must be a non-smoker.

    Duration: The study will consist of 4 sessions across 4 consecutive days. The first and last sessions take around 2/2.5 hours, and interim visits will be 1 hour. You will also be asked to attend the lab for an initial pre-screening appointment so the research team can tell you more about the study, and check you are eligible to take part in the study. 

    Location: B20 Whewell Building, Lancaster University.

    Dates: Recruiting now until July 2019.

    Contact details: Dr Helen Nuttall, h.nuttall1@lancaster.ac.uk or find the study "Exercising the Motor Cortex using TMS during Arm Immobilisation" on SONA at https://lancs.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1776

  • Qualified Selves - Making sense of personal Data

    Experiment: We are a group of researchers at Lancaster University working on a project called "Qualified Selves". As part of this work, are looking to talk to people who actively manage large amounts of personal data. These conversations will help guide the development of innovative tools that can afford users a new insights into their lives in ways that add real value. 

    To help us understand the current processes involved with accumulating data, we would love to talk to how you use existing applications and services to collect, store, organise and edit it, and how you use this data. We would like to know how you make sense of it and what frustrations you experience. In short, we want to learn from your expertise as data collectors, and learn what makes data collection worthwhile to you.

    Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

    Participant Requirements: Adults aged 18+ who collect any information or data about themselves. 

    Duration: Initial interviews, then a series of workshops until June 2020

    Location: Lancaster University 

    Dates: Recruiting until June 2019

    Contact details:

    Email: g.newmarch@lancaster.ac.uk 
    Tel.: 07761329889

  • Individual variability in judgement of others.

    Experiment: The study is interested in differences between individuals in the way that they make judgments about others. As a participant, you will be asked to interview eight people for up to three minutes each to find out if they have any knowledge about a fictional illegal event (e.g., items being stolen). You will then complete a short questionnaire about your experience, and engage in a one-time decision-making task. During the study, you will be asked to wear a set of motion sensors so that we can record your body movement. These sensors are small and light, and held onto your torso, arms and legs by a set of Velcro straps. The experimenter will help you put on the sensors and s/he will make sure that you are comfortable wearing them. Your participation in the study should last around 60 minutes. Participation is completely voluntary, and you should only take part in the study if you are comfortable and happy to do so. You will be compensated up to £10.50 for your time (£3.50 per 30 mins), or, if you are a first-year psychology student, you will be given the opportunity to collect course credit in the first instance. All the data you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and will remain anonymous. At no point during the reporting of the study will you be identified by name, or have your data reported individually. We are interested in trends across all participants that take part in the study.

    Participant requirements: Age: 18+
    Participants should have a good level of English as they will need to conduct a series of short interviews.
    In the first instance we are recruiting those who are currently studying or working at Lancaster University.

    Duration: Up to 90 mins.

    Location: Fylde Building (Psychology), Bailrigg Campus.

    Dates: Recruiting until 15th October 2019.

    If you are interested in participating in the study, please email Dr Stuart Pugh (s.m.pugh@lancaster.ac.uk) for further details. You will be given at least 24 hours from expressing your initial interest in the study to taking part and providing formal consent.