Department of Psychology

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The Department of Psychology is always looking for volunteers to take part in our research studies as your help is invaluable for the successful completion of these studies. You can take part in online studies from the comfort of your own home, or come into the department and participate in research studies.

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The Department of Psychology is always looking for volunteers to take part in our research studies as your help is invaluable for the successful completion of these studies. Our experience over the years shows us that people enjoy participating in research as much as we do.

Our studies cover a wide range of psychological topics and we are always looking for participants to undertake research studies in the areas of general psychology and dog cognition. Please register your details on our database and we will contact you direct when studies are running.

If you are interested in registering for general research studies, please click here.

If you are interested in registering for dog cognition studies, please click here.

Call for Participants

Face Perception Study

Title of Study: Face Perception Study

Researchers: Eglantine Julle-Daniere and Dr Bridget Waller

Department: Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, University of Portsmouth

Time requirement: 45 min (approx.)

Date: Jun 2017 to Sept 2017

Location: King Henry Building, King Henry Ist Street, Portsmouth

If you are in Portsmouth this summer and you would like to do a bit of science, a new study is out!!! It's short, it's fun, and it's easy (and you win £5!!!!) This study aims to investigate your sensibility to facial expressions: your ability to detect emotions on other people's faces. If you choose to take part, you will be asked to answer questions about some aspect of your personality, watch videos, and try identify the emotions present.

Participants will be given £5 for their time and the whole study should take less than 45 min.

Please send me an email if you're interested in taking part - the study will be running from next week and time can be arranged to your preference.

This study has been given a favourable opinion by SFEC Ethics Committee - Ref. No SFEC 2016-061A

If you are interested in taking part in this study please contact the Researcher, eglantine.julle-daniere@port.ac.uk

Did you see the robbery? Examining memory for a crime over time

Title of Study: Did you see the robbery? Examining memory for a crime over time
Researcher(s): Shannan Greaney & Nadine Hawkins de Namor
Department: Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth
Duration: 2 or 3 short sessions (lasting less than 30 minutes)
Dates: May to September 2017
Location: King Henry Building, King Henry Ist Street, Portsmouth

We would like to invite you to take part in a new research project aiming to enhance our understanding of eyewitness memory performance. Our research aims to examine memory for a witnessed event. Specifically, we are interested in whether the conditions under which you are asked to remember information about something you have seen may have any impact on your memory for the event. If you agree to take part you will be offered a £15 honorarium on completion of the study to thank you for your time and contribution to the research. We welcome participants (staff or students), aged 18-45 years old, who speak English as a first or primary language. There are also a number of exclusion criteria that you will be informed about by the researcher to confirm that these criteria do not apply to you.

​​This study has been given a favourable opinion by SFEC Ethics Committee - Ref. No SFEC 2017-001

If you are interested in taking part in this study please contact the Researcher direct, Nadine Hawkins de Namor 

Memory ability in criminal investigations: Could you help?

Title of Study: Memory ability in criminal investigations: Could you help?
Researchers: Renan Saraiva, Lorraine Hope
Department: Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth
Duration: 65 minutes
Dates: February to December 2017
Location: King Henry Building, King Henry Ist Street, Portsmouth

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth are interested in witnesses memory in forensic contexts.

You can receive £5 or 1.5 course credits (psychology students) for your participation.

This study aims to increase our understanding of eyewitness memory performance and how it might be improved. It consists of one online session (20 mins) and one lab-based session (45 mins). In the online session, you will be asked some questions about your own memory. In the lab-based session, you will watch a video and then answer some questions about it. The lab-based part will take part in King Henry Building.

Native English speakers are required.

This study has been given a favourable opinion by SFEC Ethics Committee - Ref. No SFEC 2016-110

If you are interested in taking part in this study please contact the Researcher direct, Renan Saraiva: renan.saraiva@port.ac.uk

Unravel the plot of a terrorist network

Title of Study: Unravel the plot of a terrorist network
Researchers: Feni Kontogianni, Eva Rubinova
Department: Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Dates: May to November 2017
Location: King Henry Building, King Henry Ist Street, Portsmouth

This study involves viewing a series of videos and providing an account about the events in the role of an undercover agent. The experiment will take place on four separate occasions (5 minutes each) to view the videos and on a last occasion two weeks after the first meeting to provide an account (about 45 minutes). Participants must be at least 18 years old, fluent or native English speakers and have normal or corrected to normal vision. You will be paid with £7 for your time.

This study has been given a favourable opinion by SFEC Ethics Committee - Ref. No SFEC 2016-036

If you are interested in taking part in this study please contact the Researcher direct, Feni Kontogianni: feni.kontogianni@port.ac.uk

Secrets and Lies

Title of Study: Secrets and Lies
Researcher(s):  Mr. Adam Harvey, Ms. Louise Jupe
Department: Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth
Duration: 45 minutes
Dates:  February 2017 - May 2017
Location: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth are interested in the verbal differences between truth tellers and liars. In this study you will be allocated to one of two possible missions. Depending on which task you are allocated to, you may be required to lie when later interviewed about your mission. The study will take place in a single session (approximately 45 minutes in total) broken into two phases. The first phase is comprised of the mission and the second phase is the interview.

All participants will be paid £10 for their participation. If you are able to tell a convincing story to the interviewer (either telling the truth or lying), you will be entered into a draw to win one of three possible prizes; £150, £100 and £50! The study will take part in King Henry Building.

If you have previously taken part in ‘Fading Lies’, unfortunately you will be unable to take part in ‘Secrets and Lies’.

This study has been given a favourable opinion by SFEC Ethics Committee - Ref. SFEC 2016-009


If you are interested in taking part in this study please contact either of the Researchers: Adam Harvey, adam.harvey@port.ac.uk or Louise Jupe:  louise.jupe@port.ac.uk

 

Online Studies

Modern Psychology increasingly uses online technology for data collection, which makes it also possible to access a wider population than would be possible through face-to face research in the lab. Currently a number of online studies are being conducted by our staff and PhD students, click on the links below to explore what these studies are about, who can participate and what is involved in taking part.

What's Your Personality? - Find Out Here!

Researcher: Dr Liam Satchell

Location: The study takes place online

Time Requirement: 30 minutes

Dates: Autumn 2016

We are looking for participants to take part in a questionnaire on some popular measures of personality. You will received feedback at the end of your participation with your scores and explaining what they mean. Participants must be 18 years old or older. Participation should take no longer than 20 minutes and will help us better understand the psychology of the individual. If you wish to take part please click the link below.

If you have any questions about the experiment please contact liam.satchell@port.ac.uk

If you are interested in taking part in this study please use this link: https://goo.gl/rhhu4K

Or email the Researcher direct: Liam Satchell liam.satchell@port.ac.uk

This study has been given a favourable opinion by SFEC Ethics Committee – Ref. No SFEC 2015-085.

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