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.

Do you identify as part of a sexual and/or gender minority?

You are invited to participate in a study looking at the impact of the current Australian marriage equality debate on your well-being.

Participation in the study involves supplying your response to a series of questions. You will also be asked to respond to some basic, non-identifying information about yourself. The completion of the online questionnaire should take approximately 10 minutes.  If you are under the age of eighteen, you may not participate in this study. Participation is voluntary, and you can withdraw from the survey at any stage.

Click on the following link to participate: (please access this link using Firefox or Chrome) 

If you have any questions concerning the research study, please contact:

Dr Stephanie Webb: or tel: +614 32 564 167

Dr Phil Kavanagh:

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee. Participants or third parties who wish to lodge a complaint about either the study or the way it is being conducted should contact the Executive Officer or UniSA HREC in the first instance, email: or tel: 83023118.

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 

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):

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
  • 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 To express interest at: https://unisa-­‐psw.sona-­‐

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

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

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

If you have any questions about the study or your eligibility to participate, please don’t hesitate to contact the researcher directly:

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

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

 Emotional Memory & Sleep Research Study


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 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:

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 there you’ll receive a full information sheet about participation.

For more information please contact the primary research Dr Phil Kavanagh:

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



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