Current Research Studies

The following Research Studies within the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, are currently looking for participants.

Interested in participating in one of the many research studies listed below? please contact the studies primary researcher.  

If you would like to participate in future studies: Sign up on our Research Participation web page by, clicking here.


Exercise and body image research Study

What is the Study?

The study is being conducted as part of an Honours project and aims to study relationship between the type of exercise one engages in and his or her judgements of an attractive body

Who Can Participate?

Men and Women between the ages of 18 and 35, Single and Heterosexual

What Does It Involve and How Long Does It Take?

Answering a short anonymous survey, which should take approximately 5-15 minutes

How Do I Participate?

Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ebis2017 

In appreciation of participants’ time, participants have a chance to go in the draw to win 1 of 3 $50 VISA gift cards

Please Contact the Primary Researcher if you have any questions: Jake Gugliotta (Honours Student): gugjp001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

This study has been approved by the UniSA Human Research Ethics Committee Protocol Number 0000036725


How does the brain process language when reading or hearing sentences?

UniSA Magill campus – 2.5 hour time commitment – $40 gift card

Are you:

  • A native speaker of English
  • 18-40 years of age
  • Right-handed
  • Healthy and willing to participate in research?

Participation involves:

  • Visiting the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at UniSA Magill campus
  • Reading or listening to sentences & answering simple questions about them
  • Having your neurophysiological activity recorded non-invasively

How to express interest in participating:

  • Sign up or log in at https://unisa-psw.sona-systems.com/
  • Answer some more questions to determine your eligibility
  • If eligible, click on the study “How does the brain process language when reading or hearing sentences?”
  • Choose a time-slot to book yourself into a session!

For further information contact louise.kyriaki@mymail.unisa.edu.au. To express interest at: https://unisa-­‐psw.sona-­‐systems.com/

This study has been approved by the UniSA Human Research Ethics Committee. Protocol Number 0000036205.


Young adult’s living with Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) and/or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) needed.

What is the study?

To explore the experiences of young adult’s living with ME/CFS/FMS and the issues that are most important to you. This research project will run as a group where people with ME/CFS/FMS can to come together and share your stories. Together we will then use these stories and discussions in a resource such as a booklet or a website or a video to help others living with these conditions and to help educate the public. The format of the resource will be up to the group to decide.

Who can participate?

Young adult’s aged 18-30 currently living with ME/CFS and/or Fibromyalgia in Adelaide, Australia. 

What does it involve?

To participate in a total 8 group sessions.

You can participate online or come to the venue in the CBD. Please know:

  • The sessions will be no more than 2 hours long
  • The venue is chronic illness friendly and wheelchair accessible
  • There will be places to lie down and participate
  • There will be food and drinks
  • You can bring a support person like a friend, parent or carer

How do I participate?

Please contact the researcher Gipsy Hosking at Gipsy.Hosking@mymail.unisa.edu.au or on 0408 266 075 if you have any questions, you would like more information or you like to participate. Alternatively you can find out more information and contact me via the Facebook page www.facebook.com/GHresearch/.

This study has been approved by the UniSA Human Research Ethics Committee. Protocol Number 0000036479.


Cancer-related Cognitive Impairment

The Royal Adelaide Hospital and the University of South Australia invites you to help further our understanding of cancer-related cognitive impairment.

We are seeking English-speaking healthy participants over 18 years of age with no history of cancer or medical conditions affecting cognition. 

What does it involve?

 Participation will involve completing questionnaires about cognition, fatigue, sleep, psychological distress and employment demands on two occasions six months apart. In addition, participants will be asked to complete a face-to-face assessment taking no longer than 15 minutes. 

How do I participate?

If you would like to participate in the study, please contact Dr Amanda Hutchinson by phone on 8302 4468 or by email at amanda.hutchinson@unisa.edu.au

This project has been approved by the Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Ethics Committee [protocol no: R20120512] and the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee [protocol no: 0000035670].


Now I lay me down to sleep….or do I?

Sleepwalking – the strange state that finds people mobile and seemingly lost between full consciousness and sleep – still excites enormous curiosity, this research will help to fill in some big gaps in our understanding of sleepwalking.

What is the study?

 To learn more about people’s experience of sleepwalking.

What does it involve?

1. Complete an anonymous questionnaire which covers a range of topics about sleepwalking, sleep patterns, stress, personality and cognitive function.

2. (Optional) To talk to the researchers about your experiences

How do I participate?
Anyone with experience of sleepwalking who would like to contribute to an improved understanding of this occurrence can find out more about the study from https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sleepwalking

If you have any questions about the study or your eligibility to participate, please don’t hesitate to contact the researcher directly: Helen.Stallman@unisa.edu.au

Dr Stallman recently spoke to Ali Clarke on 891 mornings, if you would like to listen to the podcast of the interview it can be accessed from the ABC website via the following link
http://blogs.abc.net.au/sa/2016/05/why-do-some-of-us-sleepwalk.html?site=adelaide&program=adelaide_mornings

This study has been reviewed and approved by the UniSA Human Research Ethics Committee approval number: 35075.


 Emotional Memory & Sleep Research Study

A NEURAL BASIS FOR THE BENEFIT OF SLEEP FOR EMOTIONAL MEMORY

The University of South Australia is inviting you to help further our understanding of the brain mechanisms underlying the importance of sleep on emotional memory.

We are seeking participants:

  • between the ages of 60-85
  • primary English speakers
  • not currently taking medication that affects sleep and/or psychological performance
  • not currently diagnosed with a sleep disorder
  • not diagnosed with a current psychiatric condition or known cognitive impairment
  • have not got Impaired hearing or vision that has not been corrected-to-normal
  • have not taken recreational drugs in the past 6 months

What does it involve?
Participation in the study will involve attending the University of South Australia for 2 sessions in total, to undergo short memory tests and sleep monitoring. Participants will be asked to wear a watch like device that monitors your sleep and wake activity for 7 days prior to each testing session. A reimbursement of $40 will be given to assist with any expenses associated with participation in the study.

How do I participate?
If you would like to participate in the study, please contact: Amanda Santamaria by email at amanda.santamaria@mymail.unisa.edu.au or by phone on 8302 4170

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee. (Approved Ethics Protocol # 34184)

If you have any ethical concerns about the project or questions about your rights as a participant please contact the Executive Officer of this Committee, tel: +61 8 8302 3118; email: vicki.allen@unisa.edu.au.


Social and Personality Psychology Research Study

What is the study?
Friendship, Personality, and Impression Formation

What does it involve?
There are two parts:
1. Answering anonymous questions online
2. (optional) Coming into the lab to take part in an impression formation study

How long does it take?
Part 1 takes approximately 10 mins Part 2 takes approximately 45mins

What’s in it for me?
Experience participating in a psychology studies
If you come in for Part 2, you will receive a $10 gift voucher for your time
 
How do I participate?
Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sociometer there you’ll receive a full information sheet about participation.

For more information please contact the primary research Dr Phil Kavanagh: Phil.Kavanagh@unisa.edu.au

This study has been reviewed and approved by the UniSA Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number: 34091);


 

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