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

  • 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:

  • 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 


  • 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.

  • 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:

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.