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 160x120Watch a short video of robots to win a £25 voucher

You are invited to take part in a research project looking at the way advanced technology is portrayed in the media. To participate you need to be over 18, with normal or corrected to normal vision, and be fluent in English. If you agree to take part, you will be asked to watch a video depicting two robots and answer a short survey. In total, this should take approximately 20 minutes. Take part in the study

Project contact: this research is being conducted by Stanislava Naneva (snaneva1@sheffield.ac.uk) and supervised by Dr Thomas Webb (t.webb@sheffield.ac.uk) at the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield.

The study has received ethical approval from the Department of Psychology Ethics Subcommittee (DESC).



Computer Icon 160x120Participate in a study on attention for £10

I am currently recruiting participants for a study on attention. I am looking for native English speaker volunteers to take part, aged 25-27. The study itself consists of 4 tasks: one looking at general problem solving skills, and three computerized reaction time tasks measuring attention. All tasks use simple stimuli, such as simple shapes, arrows, or numbers. The study will take about 80 minutes, and takes place in the Cathedral Court building in the city centre - so it's very easy to get to! (The building is close to the Cathedral tram stop.) Every volunteer receives £10 for taking part in this study as compensation for their time. Time slots are available all day (including after 5 pm), every day (including weekends).

Project contact: If you are interested in participating or you just would like some more information, please email mgyurkovics1@sheffield.ac.uk. This work is supervised by Dr Liat Levita (levita@shef.ac.uk).

This study has been approved by the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield ethics committee (Ref. Number 016468).



Medical Study IconDoes exercise affect how impulsive you are?

You are invited to take part in a research project that involves completing an brief online questionnaire and then a possible follow up exercise session at Goodwin gym. The exercise session itself will last for 10 minutes and will consist of riding a static bicycle. Before and after the exercise session, you will be asked to complete online measures of impulsivity. The session will take roughly 40 minutes in total. Take part in the study

Project contact: this research is being conducted by Prof. Paul G. Overton (Department of Psychology) and four undergraduate students: Amelia Pearson, Tom Wiles, Verity Bacon and Waqar Hussein.

The project has received ethical approval from the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee (DEC).



Medical Study IconVolunteers with Irritable Bowel Syndrome needed for nutrition study - £50 Amazon voucher

Researchers at the University of Sheffield are currently seeking volunteers to participate in a study investigating whether vitamin D supplementation can help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life in individuals suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). We are looking to recruit 160 people who have been diagnosed with IBS to take part in a 12-week trial in which participants will be required to take either a vitamin D supplement or a placebo in the form of an oral spray. Participants will be asked to fill in a symptom severity questionnaire fortnightly, as well as provide a food diary at the start and end of the trial and fill out a food frequency questionnaire. Subjects will also provide fingerprick blood samples at the start and upon completion of the trial, to monitor levels of Vitamin D. On completion of the study participants will receive a £50 Amazon voucher to thank them for their time and effort.

Project contact: If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the research team on: the.d-ibs.study@sheffield.ac.uk.

This study has received ethical approval (ref: 016753).



Survey IconTake an online survey for a chance to win an Amazon Voucher

Are you currently working towards reaching a health behaviour goal, such as eating better, becoming more fit or managing your weight? If so, then we invite you to participate in this online study aimed at understanding how different self-perceptions may help or hinder people from achieving their health behaviour goals. Anyone over 18 who is currently working towards a health behaviour goal is eligible to participate. Participation involves completing an online research survey now and in two weeks time, and writing about your thoughts and feelings with respect to one of your health behaviour goals. If you participate in both parts of this study, then you will be given a chance to win an £25 Amazon voucher (non ORPS only). Students at the University of Sheffield who are registered and eligible to receive participation credits will receive 3 credits through the ORPS for participating in both parts of the study. Take part in the study

Project contact: this research is being conducted by undergraduate dissertation students Rachel Griffiths (rsgriffiths1@sheffield.ac.uk), Eleanor Rozek, and Flora Yee, and supervised by Dr. Fuschia Sirois (f.sirois@sheffield.ac.uk), from the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

This project has received ethics approval from the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee at the University of Sheffield.



Medical Study IconDo self-perceptions influence sleep quality?

This research study is designed to understand how different self-perceptions may influence the quality of sleep that people have. Anyone over 18 who does not have any serious medical conditions that might affect their sleep is eligible to participate. Participation involves completing an online research survey now and in one weeks time, that includes questions about your self-perceptions, your sleep, and your general health and well-being. In between these surveys you will also be asked to complete a series of very brief 5-minute nightly surveys that asks about your mood, sleep quality and the events from your day. Take part in the study

Project contact: This research is being conducted by undergraduate dissertation students Melissa Buckley (mbuckley1@sheffield.ac.uk), and Alex Davidson, and supervised by Dr. Fuschia Sirois (f.sirois@sheffield.ac.uk), from the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

This study has received ethics approval from the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee at the University of Sheffield.



Medical Study IconWorking towards a health behaviour goal? Participate to win £25

Are you working towards achieving a health behaviour goal over the next 6 months? Common health behaviours goals can include eating healthier foods, reducing the amount of unhealthy foods you eat, becoming more physically fit, or reaching a weight goal. If you are currently working towards a health behaviour goal that is attainable within the next 6 months, then we invite you to participate in this online study aimed at understanding how different personality traits may help or hinder people from achieving their health behaviour goals. Anyone over 18 who is currently working towards reaching a health behaviour goal is eligible to participate. Participation involves completing an online research survey now and in two weeks time, and answering questions about your thoughts and feelings with respect to your health behaviour goal, and questions about your personality and general health and well-being. If you participate in both parts of this study, then you will be given a chance to win an £25 Amazon voucher. [ORPS message - If you participate in both parts of this study, then you will receive 4 participation credits for taking part.] Take part in the study

Project contact: this research is being conducted by undergraduate dissertation students Emma Raddall (eraddall1@sheffield.ac.uk), Charlotte Fitzhugh, Emily Brayshaw, Norman Man, and supervised Dr. Fuschia Sirois (f.sirois@sheffield.ac.uk), from the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

This study has received ethics approval from the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee at the University of Sheffield.



Computer Icon 160x120Online questionnaire about emotion regulation

We are year three undergraduate students at the University of Sheffield, investigating how images make people feel. If you are female, and a student at the University, then we would like to invite you to take part in our study. Taking part involves completing an online questionnaire that asks you to say how images make you feel and how you think they make other people, Some of the images depict war zones or severe injuries, so they may be upsetting or difficult to look at. If you are worried about viewing these images, then you do not have to take part. Please use this link to read more about the study and take part if you are interested. 

Project contact: if you would like more information, then please contact Tsz (twong5@sheffield.ac.uk) or Chak (cwong14@sheffield.ac.uk).

The study has received ethical approval from the Department of Psychology Research Ethics committee.