Research studies 

A list of the surveys and research projects you can currently volunteer to take part in across the University of Sheffield.



Computer Icon 160x120Female volunteers: Win one of 5 x 10 GBP Amazon vouchers and interact with a robot

You are invited to take part in a study for our research which looks at the effects that different types of toys (robotic and non-robotic) have on adults. This study is only open to female participants, so please do not sign up if you are male. The study takes place at the Pam Liversidge Building and takes up to 20 minutes. Taking part in the study will involves having a short interaction with one of four toys, and completing two questionnaires about your demographics, personality, and to assess your mood. On completion of the study you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five £10 Amazon vouchers to thank you for your participation. Sign up to take part in the study

Project contact: natalie.wood@sheffield.ac.uk

This project has received ethical approval from the University of Sheffield's Department of Psychology Ethics Committee. It is supervised by Dr Amanda Sharkey.



Survey IconOnline study into intrusive thoughts. Chance to win 2 x £25 Amazon vouchers

Are you aged 18 or above and interested in taking part in an online questionnaire study about intrusive thoughts? Those who take part will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two 25 pound amazon vouchers! (Unfortunately, undergraduate psychology students receiving credits for participating can not enter into the prize draw.) Obsessive intrusive thoughts are thoughts that "pop" into your head uninvited and may interrupt what you are doing. They can be difficult to control and some people experience them as unpleasant or upsetting. They can be experienced as thoughts, images or urges. We are interested in finding out more about personal experiences of obsessive intrusive thoughts and why some people find them upsetting and others don't. The research is entirely online and involves providing your answers to a number of questions. The online questionnaire will take about 30 minutes to complete. Take part in the study

Project contact: If you would like any further information about this study, please contact Lucy Nield (lnield2@sheffield.ac.uk)

This project has received ethical approval.



Computer Icon 160x120Rank translations to win £50

We invite fluent speakers of either English, German or Czech to participate in an experiment on ranking machine translation outputs given a source sentence. A reference translation is also given to help annotators in their judgements. The study aims to evaluate the performance of our approach to discriminate the best translation output among a list of candidates. One annotation task usually takes about 20 minutes to complete. You can do as many annotation as you want, just click on the task names that are assigned to you. Take part in the study.

Project contact: f.blain@sheffield.ac.uk

Important:

  • This experiment has been approved by the University of Sheffield's Ethics Committee.
  • All the data collected is anonymous and the annotations you make will be used in future research.
  • Your email is necessary to sign up and to enter a draw to win an Amazon voucher worth GBP 50. It will not be used for any other purposes.
  • We will evaluate all tasks after the end of the experiment. Only users with completed tasks and annotations conducted without suspicious or random behaviours will compete to win the Amazon voucher.
  • Participants must be; over 18 years of age; fluent speakers of either English, German or Czech; both native and non-native speakers are welcome to participate.


Computer Icon 160x120Match pictures to texts to win £25

You are invited to take part in an interesting experiment to select pictures that can be used to illustrate a given piece of text. Given a short sentence and five images, you will be asked to indicate which of these images, if any, can be used to illustrate the text (or any part of the text). You can participate as many times as you wish, and this will increase your chances of winning the prize draw. The study aims to evaluate the ability of automatic methods to find images that correctly depict a piece of text. You will automatically be shown a new questionnaire after you complete each questionnaire. You can participate as many times as you wish to increase your chances of winning the Amazon voucher. When you have done enough or wish to take a break, you only need to log out; you can take as many breaks as you want in between questionnaires. Please enter your email again as a "Returning user" to resume participating. Take part in the study

Project contact: j.k.wang@sheffield.ac.uk

Important:

  • This experiment has been approved by the University of Sheffield's Ethics Committee.
  • Your email is necessary for questionnaire control (in order to present a different text and images every time you load a questionnaire) and if you would like to participate in the draw for an Amazon voucher worth 25GBP. It will not be used for any other purposes.
  • Your email will be discarded after the data collection is complete and the prize has been drawn and awarded.
  • Participants must be: over 18 years of age; fluent English speakers (both native and non-native speakers are welcome to participate); and able to recognise colours in images.
  • Please read the instructions carefully. The detailed guidelines (and examples of what you're expected to do) are also available here.


Survey IconWin one of 5 £25 vouchers for your views on life and university experiences

I am an MBA student seeking participants for a study about general happiness, student experience and also Residence Life in University accommodation. You do not have to be living in, or have experience of University accommodation in order to take part. The study involves completing an online questionnaire that takes up to 10 minutes. On completion of the survey you can submit an email address to be entered in to a prize draw to win one of five £25 shopping vouchers. Take part in the survey.

This study has been granted University ethical approval.

If you choose to withdraw from the study at any time, you may do so. Completion of the survey is anonymous and your name will not be used in any way.



Interview IconThe Information Commons - have your say (postgraduate students only)

We are a group of postgraduate students on the MA librarianship course who are looking to evaluate how well the Information Commons supports you as a fellow postgraduate student. We would like to invite you to take part in a one-off focus group where your opinions and experiences of the IC will be heard. This study is only focussing on postgraduate experiences. If you would like to be a part of this research project, you will be required to contribute to a discussion in a focus group lasting no longer than 30 minutes. This will be taking place at midday on Wednesday 5th April, at the iSpace in Regent Court. Complimentary refreshments will be provided to say thank you for your participation.

Project contact: If you are interested in taking part and want to know more about the study, please contact Holly Limbert (hglimbert1@sheffield.ac.uk).

This study has received ethical approval from the iSchool Ethics committee at the University of Sheffield and is under the supervision of professor Stephen Pinfield. All data collected will be strictly confidential and accessible only to members of the research team.



Written Experiment IconWe invite fluent English speakers to participate in an experiment on answering reading comprehension questions.

The study aims to evaluate to what extent subjects can answer reading comprehension tests about automatically translated documents, despite the errors they can present. This is in order to assess the quality of fully automatically translated documents. To participate, visit this link and read the instructions carefully. 

Project contact: Carolina Scarton (c.scarton@sheffield.ac.uk) and Lucia Specia

Important:

  • This experiment has been approved by the University of Sheffield's Ethics Committee.
  • All the personal data collected is anonymous and will be discarded after the experiment is completed.
  • Your email is only necessary for questionnaire control and if you would like to win an Amazon voucher worth £10 (it will not be used for any other purposes).
  • The questionnaire usually takes about 30 minutes to complete.
  • You can take as many breaks as you want during the questionnaire. However, you have up to one day to complete the questionnaire. After that, your questionnaire will be made available for another volunteer and your answers will be discarded.
  • You can participate only once. If you can not complete the task and want to try a new questionnaire, please contact the responsible for the task (they will be happy to send you a new questionnaire, if available).
  • We will evaluate all questionnaires after the end of the experiments. We will only pay for questionnaires answered until the end and with serious answers.

Participants must be:

  • Over 18 years of age.
  • Fluent English speakers; both native and non-native speakers are welcome to participate.


Survey IconCreate, invent, learn: what space would you choose?

We would like to invite volunteers to complete a quick questionnaire as part of our Masters research, investigating the potential for a new space, available to all faculties (staff and students), that is dedicated to creating, inventing and learning. Before taking the questionnaire, please take the time to read the information document. Filling out the questionnaire is quick (less than 10 minutes!) and anonymous - we will not be collecting personal data. Complete the questionnaire

Project contact: Dr. Elizabeth Hellen, Eleanor Short, Yaoyao Guo.

Approval for the research has been approved by the Information School. This work is supervised by Dr Andrew Cox, email: a.m.cox@sheffield.ac.uk.



Survey IconSurvey on attitudes to crime

You are invited to take part in an online study about your attitudes towards crime. This survey has been designed by students studying criminology at the School of Law at the University of Sheffield as part of a module they are taking. The survey will take about five to ten minutes to complete. All of your answers are completely confidential. The data will be used by the students as part of their coursework and will be used for no purposes other than this. The data will be destroyed by the end of September 2017. Take part in the study

Project contact: if you have any queries or require further information, please email: s.farrall@sheffield.ac.uk

This study has been approved by the School of Law's Research Ethics Committee



Medical Study IconFeeling stressed? Would you like to play with a Paro robot? Receive 5GBP for taking part in a study

If you are aged between 18 and 35, I would like to invite you to take part in my study. You will receive a £5 as a reward for your participation. This experiment will take 30 - 45 minutes to complete. This study attempts to understand how interactions with Paro, a robotic seal will affect you. During the experiment, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire that is related to your current feelings, and your responses will be recorded using physiological sensors. The physiological sensors will be attached on your fingertips, wrist and legs. There will also be video recorded during the robot session, but only if you give your permission. You also will be asked to answer some simple mathematical questions (involving multiplication, division, addition, subtraction) while listening to an aversive sound delivered through headphones. You will be provided with paper and pencil to write down the calculation. However, in order to ensure consistent results, if you have hearing difficulties, heart and skin health conditions, are taking prescribed medication, or have mental health problems then you should not participate in this study. If you'd like to take part in this study, please take a few short minutes to fill out the survey form with general information about yourself. At the end of the survey, you will be redirected to a booking page where you can book in for a session at a date and time that suits you.

Project contact: this study is being conducted by Raihah Aminuddin. If you have any questions about this study, please email me at raminuddin1@sheffield.ac.uk.

The study will take place in the Department of Computer Science (211 Portobello, Sheffield S1 4DP)

All responses will be kept strictly anonymous and confidential. You may withdraw from the study at any point before or during your participation. This study has been approved by the Department of Computer Science Research Ethics Committee and is being carried out under the supervision of Amanda Sharkey (a.sharkey@sheffield.ac.uk).



Survey IconWin a £20 Amazon voucher in a short study on personality and emotions!

Do you ever look back on decisions you've made and wonder what on earth you were thinking? Would you like to know more about how your personality and emotions affect the way you behave? You are invited to take part in a short survey on the effect of personality and emotions on behaviours. This study won't take any longer than 10 minutes and you have the chance to win one of five Amazon vouchers worth £20. Take the survey

Project contact: t.stadler@sheffield.ac.uk

This study is conducted by Tobias Stadler and is part of a PhD in Work Psychology.

This study is approved by the Ethics Board of the Sheffield University Management School and is being carried out under the supervision of Dr. Malcolm Patterson (m.patterson@sheffield.ac.uk).


Light BulbReceive £5 for taking part in a study on the effects of playing with a robotic seal

If you are aged between 18 and 35, I would like to invite you to take part in my study. You will receive a £5 as a reward for your participation. This experiment will take 30 - 45 minutes to complete. This study attempts to understand how interactions with Paro, a robotic seal will affect you.

During the experiment, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire that is related to your current feelings, and your responses will be recorded using physiological sensors. The physiological sensors will be attached on your fingertips, wrist and legs. There will also be video recorded during the robot session, but only if you give your permission.

You also will be asked to answer some simple mathematical questions (involving multiplication, division, addition, subtraction) while listening to an aversive sound delivered through headphones.

However, in order to ensure consistent results, if you have hearing difficulties, heart and skin health conditions, are taking prescribed medication, or have mental health problems then you should not participate in this study.

If you'd like to take part in this study, please take a few short minutes to fill out the survey with general information about yourself

Project contact: This study is being conducted by Raihah Aminuddin. If you have any questions about this study, please email raminuddin1@sheffield.ac.uk

This study has been approved by the Department of Computer Science Research Ethics Committee


Survey IconWin a £20 Amazon voucher in a short study on personality and emotions

Do you ever look back on decisions you've made and wonder what on earth you were thinking? Would you like to know more about how your personality and emotions affect the way you behave? You are invited to take part in a short survey on the effect of personality and emotions on behaviours. This study won't take any longer than 10 minutes and you have the chance to win one of five Amazon vouchers worth £20.

If you'd like to take part in this study, visit the Sheffield management page.

Project contact: This study is conducted by Tobias Stadler as part of my PhD in Work Psychology. If you have any questions about this study, please don't hesitate to email t.stadler@sheffield.ac.uk

This study is approved by the Ethics Board of the Sheffield University Management School


Listening ExperimentTake part in an online experiment on music & emotion

Volunteers are invited to participate in an online experiment about music and emotion that I am carrying out for my Master thesis.

The simple experiment takes about 30 minutes and involves listening to several pieces of music and rating their emotional communication. The experiment has to be done individually, using headphones, and without any interruptions or distractions.

This experiment can be taken in English, Spanish, or Chinese. If you'd like to participate, visit the Sheffield psychology page.

Project contact: For more information email Thomas Lennie tmlennie1@sheffield.ac.uk

This study has been approved by the Department of Music Ethics Committee in accordance with the University of Sheffield's Research Ethics Approval Procedure.


Survey IconOnline study exploring prosocial behaviour (with four £50 prize draws)

We are currently seeking participants for a study on prosocial behaviour. The study involves an online survey which will take up to 10 minutes to complete. Two months after completion of the survey, you will be emailed with a link to a simple follow-up questionnaire, which will ask further questions about prosocial behaviours, and will take around two minutes to complete. Upon completing the study, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of four £50 high street shopping vouchers.

If you would like to take part in the study, visit the Sheffield psychology page.

Project contact: If you have any questions about the study or would like further information, please contact the experimenter, Dr Stephanie Dunn s.a.dunn@sheffield.ac.uk

This research has been approved by the Department of Psychology's Ethics Committee


Survey IconShould we be concerned about robot teachers in our schools?

We invite you to take part in this online survey about robots used in education. We are at the point where there is a real possibility of robots integrating into our social lives in the near future. Robots are already being trialed and used across the UK to help young children in primary and secondary schools in the attempt to aid their learning and develop their social skills.

This survey aims to understand the public's general opinions and concerns about social robots and telepresence robots used in an educational environment before fully welcoming them into our classrooms.

For more information and to participate fill in the survey.

Project contact: This research is being conducted by Luke Taylor ltaylor9@sheffield.ac.uk

This project has received ethical approval from the Department of Computer Science Ethics Committee at the University of Sheffield.



Survey IconOnline study exploring how people choose between different products

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study exploring how people choose between different products. If you are interested in taking part, then you will be asked to complete a number of questionnaires about your thoughts and attitudes, and a product-choice task in which you will be asked to choose between different products commonly found in the supermarket. This study will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete If you would like to take part, please find more information about the study here.  

Project contact: If you would like to know more about the study, or have any questions, please feel free to contact Harriet Baird (harriet.baird@sheffield.ac.uk).

This study has received ethical approval from the Department of Psychology Ethics committee at the University of Sheffield. All data collected will be strictly confidential and accessible only to members of the research team.



Interview IconEver get songs stuck in your head? Help us investigate and you could win £50!

My name is Jenny Ward and I am a doctoral clinical psychology student at the University of Sheffield. I am looking for volunteers to participate in a study exploring the experience of songs and thoughts which intrude into our minds, and what might be linked to this. The study is open to all staff and students but a high level of English language ability is necessary. We'd like you to come into the psychology department to complete a 20-minute questionnaire exploring how you experience songs which get stuck in your head - also known as 'earworms'. You will also answer questions about your experience of random thoughts which pop into your mind. Some of these thoughts can be distressing, but they are extremely common and people experience these every day. We'd then like you to complete a 15-minute computer task so we can get an idea of your cognitive functioning. We're interested to see if this is linked to your experience of earworms and thoughts that pop into your head. On completion of the study you will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 as a thank you for your participation*.

Project contact: If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact me by emailing: jsims2@sheffield.ac.uk. I will then send you some dates and times and you can decide if you are able to come in and participate.

*Unfortunately, psychology undergraduates who receive course credits for participation in studies can not be entered into the prize draw.

Your participation will offer a valuable contribution to research into involuntary thoughts and help us explore the broad spectrum of how individuals experience this common phenomenon.

Your participation is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time, and your information will remain confidential.

This study is being conducted under the supervision of Dr Lisa-Marie Emerson (l.emerson@sheffield.ac.uk) and Dr Victoria Williamson (v.williamson@sheffield.ac.uk) and has received ethical approval from the University of Sheffield Psychology Department Ethics Committee.