Personality and the Student Experience

This study is investigating the ways in which University students with a personality style characterised by creativity and extroversion appraise and respond to normal changes in mood, both positive and negative. The advantages and disadvantages of these approaches for the individual, and relationships with University outcomes, are also being explored. It is unclear what factors are associated with flourishing or experiencing difficulties during university education in individuals with different personality styles. Therefore, we are also collecting information on interpretations of and responses to mood changes, experiences of inspiration, goal-setting beliefs, social support, and sleep quality. Additionally, we are exploring how these variables are related to academic performance and engagement with university sports and leisure facilities. This study has been piloted, and further information about the 2nd wave will be coming soon.

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If you are a 1st or 2nd year undergraduate at Lancaster University and would like further information or to take part, please click here.

Get involved

We welcome interest from individuals who have experienced bipolar mood fluctuations, their relatives, friends, partners, carers as well as individuals who are interested in mental health research but have not experienced mental illness. Volunteers are vital for improving our understanding about the experience and management of Bipolar Disorder.

If you would like to find out more about Spectrum Centre research and get involved, visit Spectrum Connect.

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