Research studies 

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



Survey IconComplete two online questionnaires about nutrition for a chance to win an Amazon voucher

We are conducting a study about individuals' knowledge of nutrition. If you would like to take part then we would ask you to complete two online surveys over the course of 2 weeks: Each survey will take no more than an hour and if you complete both of the surveys then we will enter you into a prize draw to win one of five £50 Amazon vouchers. If you would like to take part, then please email Megan Villegas meganv28@live.unc.edu who will send you a link to the online questionnaire, which will provide more information about the research.

Project contact: If you have any questions about the research, then please email Megan Villegas at the University of North Carolina (meganv28@live.unc.edu) or Dr Thomas Webb at the University of Sheffield. (t.webb@sheffield.ac.uk)

This research has been approved by the ethics board at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, who are leading this research (IRB Study #17-2331). Their procedures have been approved by the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) in Sheffield.



Medical Study IconVolunteers for study on the effectiveness of a smartphone app in detecting colour vision defects

I am a third year Orthoptics student who will be carrying out an experiment to test for the effectiveness of an App against a clinical colour vision test in diagnosing colour vision defects. I am specifically looking for students with a red-green colour deficiency. This study will first test your near and distance vision, the alignment of your eyes and a screening colour vision test. The experiment itself includes; testing your colour vision on an App, testing your colour vision on a traditional clinical test and filling out a short questionnaire on the experience of both colour vision tests. This experiment should take no longer than 25 minutes of your time.

Project contact: If you are aware of/ are diagnosed with a red-green colour deficiency and would like to take part or would like further information then please email: sshazad1@sheffield.ac.uk.

This study has been approved by The University of Sheffield Ethics approval procedure.



Interview IconDo you have a skin condition? Are you coping well? Would you like to share your experiences?

If you have a skin condition and feel that you cope well with it, you are invited to take part in a research project that involves an interview with a PhD researcher. Skin conditions can have a big impact on people's lives, so we are investigating what strategies help people cope well. We are particularly interested in hearing from people who manage the challenges of living with a skin condition with little distress. We are interested in a wide range of skin conditions, including (but not limited to) acne, eczema and psoriasis. We are looking for volunteers aged 16 and over, who have had a skin condition for at least 6 months. Anyone interested in taking part will first need to complete a short online survey (approx. 5 mins). Interviews will be conducted face-to-face, take 30-60 minutes, and be arranged at a time and location to suit you. Take part in the study

More information: If you have any questions about the project please feel free to contact Elaine Clarke at e.n.clarke@sheffield.ac.uk.

This project has received ethical approval from the Department of Psychology Ethics Subcommittee at The University of Sheffield.



Listening ExperimentVolunteers sought for a study on interview related stress

Undergraduate students are sought who are interested to participate in a mock job interview study. We are investigating how music may be used to respond to stressful situations. As part of this larger investigation, we are inviting volunteers to participate in a mock job interview, which is designed to be stressful to a degree. We would love to hear from you if you normally use music to reduce or cope with stress, or more generally, if you would like to gain some experience in job interviews, without the fear of rejection. Muffins and juice are provided at the end of all sessions. You can participate in this study if you have normal - or corrected- vision, normal hearing and don't currently suffer from any diagnosed mental illness. The experiment takes place in the Department of Music, lasts one hour.

Project contact: Please email Ioanna Filippidi (ifilippidi1@sheffield.ac.uk) or Renee Timmers (r.timmers@sheffield.ac.uk) for further information.

This project has been ethically approved via the Music department's ethics review procedure.



Medical Study IconReceive £7 for participating in a study investigating the effects of tDCS

I am inviting you to take part in a visual perception study conducted within the University of Sheffield Department of Psychology. The study investigates the effects of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) on performance. You will be asked to perform an visual discrimination task before and after receiving 10 minutes of tDCS stimulation (active or sham). Then, you will be asked to complete a 7-10 minute survey. You will receive a 'thank you' Amazon voucher of £7 for your participation. Participation is voluntary. You can withdraw from the study at any time without providing any reason and still get the voucher. The session lasts approximately one hour.
If you are willing to participate in the study, please click the link to select your time of participation.

Project contact: If you cannot make any of these time slots there may be further opportunities to participate email: Abdullah Bin Dawood (Abindawood1@sheffield.ac.uk).

Participation eligibility requirements:

  • 18 Year old and older.
  • Have normal or corrected to normal vision.
  • No history of neurological disorder such as epilepsy, head injuries, and migraine.
  • No headwear (i.e, wig, scarf) because electrodes will be placed directly over the scalp.

The tDCS is considered to be safe and non-invasive technique based on the literature. This study has received ethical approval from the University of Sheffield Department of Psychology. All data collected will be strictly confidential and accessible only to members of the research team. This study is supervised by Dr. Myles Jones (M.jones@sheffield.ac.uk), and is conducted by Abdullah Bin Dawood (Abindawood1@sheffield.ac.uk).



Survey IconOnline study on alcohol feedback and advice (£50 prize draw)

You are invited to take part in an online study being conducted by researchers in the Department of Psychology on different ways of presenting feedback and advice about drinking alcohol. The study would involve you reporting how much alcohol you typically drink. You would then be given feedback on your level of drinking and asked to view some information and advice about alcohol consumption. You would then be asked to complete two further short questionnaires on your alcohol consumption in one and six months' time. Participation in the study is voluntary, but in exchange for your participation we will enter you into a prize draw for the chance to win a £50 gift voucher after completing each questionnaire. Take part in the study.

Project contact: Paul Norman - p.norman@sheffield.ac.uk.

The study is funded by Alcohol Research UK and has been approved by the Department of Psychology Research Ethics Committee in accordance with the University of Sheffield's Research Ethics Approval Procedure.



Survey IconExperiences of employability interventions for students with autistic spectrum conditions

This research looks at experiences of employability interventions for the students who receive the interventions themselves. The research is particularly looking at differences in how individuals with autistic spectrum disorder (including Asperger's Syndrome) experience these. In order to look at this effectively it is important to collect information both from those with an ASD diagnosis and from those who don't (neurotypicals). This six minute question looks at your use of employability and careers support. It is equally helpful for you to complete if: you do use these services; you don't use these services; you have ASD; or you don't have ASD. There will be a prize draw for 20GBP for all participants who wish to enter. This will be drawn on 15th January 2018. Participants to this survey will also have the opportunity to volunteer for a half an hour interview about employability for which they will receive £10. Take part in the study

Project contact: l.dean@sheffield.ac.uk

This research has been approved by the University of Sheffield Ethics Committee in the Education Department.

This survey previously collected responses in May 2017 so please do not recomplete if you responded at that time.



Interview IconTime capsule - can we design for the next 10,000 years?

My name is Danni Kerr and I'm carrying out doctoral research in the School of Architecture on Time and Architecture. If you are a student, an academic or other staff member interested in design and futurology (technical and social futures), I warmly invite you to participate in a study workshop (you don't have to have any design experience to participate). This workshop will also appeal to researchers with an interest in bespoke research methodologies. The workshop requires you to be engaged for a 2 hour (refreshments provided) session or two 1 hour sessions. In the workshop you will work with craft materials (provided) to make a time capsule, engage in word play and a simple design brief. If you would like to participate please inform me by email to danni.kerr@sheffield.ac.uk. I will then provide you with an information sheet and a shared calendar to organise workshop times. (Your information will be anonymised throughout)

Project contact: danni.kerr@sheffield.ac.uk

This study has received ethical approval from the School of Architecture under the University's research ethics process. Participation is voluntary and you have the right to withdraw at any time up to the point at which you submit your responses to the survey. PhD Supervisor Dr. Mark Meagher m.meagher@sheffield.ac.uk.



Survey IconParticipants required for a study on prosocial behaviour and emotional reactivity

We are currently seeking participants for a research study on prosocial behaviour and emotional reactivity. The study will involve an initial session (taking around 20 minutes) in which you will complete a number of computer-based tasks. Specifically, you will be asked to answer some demographic questions, some questions about prosocial behaviours, and complete a task requiring you to rate how positive/negative different nonsense words are. As you perform this task we will also measure skin conductance responses from your fingers - this is a measure of your sweat gland activity. This will be measured by attaching two sensors (they are like band aids) on the tip of your index and middle finger of your non-dominant hand. This initial session will take around 20 minutes. Two months after this initial session 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 2 minutes. Upon completing the study, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of four £20 high street shopping vouchers. If you would like to take part in the study, please sign up for a timeslot

Project contact: If you have any questions about the study or would like further information, please contact the experimenter, Elizabeth Kirkham, by emailing e.kirkham@sheffield.ac.uk.

This research has been approved by the Department of Psychology's Ethics Committee (REF 011094).

IMPORTANT: Please do not take part in this study if you have previously participated in a study on prosocial behaviour and emotional reactivity. If you are unsure whether you have participated in a study of this nature before, please email e.kirkham@sheffield.ac.uk.



Computer Icon 160x120Have you ever been involved in a recruitment process? Would you like to be?

Have you ever been involved in the shortlisting of potential job applicants or is this something you see yourself doing in the future? (becoming a line-manager etc.) Would you like to take part in a short online short-listing task during which you will be asked to choose the best candidate from a number of different applicants? As an appreciation for your time, participants will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Marks & Spencer's voucher. Take part in the study

Project contact: If you have any questions about this study, please do not hesitate to email me on ahthomas1@sheffield.ac.uk.

This research is being conducted by Ann-marie Thomas from The Institute of Work Psychology, and is supervised by Professor Penny Dick.

The study has received full ethical approval from the Ethics Board of Sheffield University Management School.



Computer Icon 160x120Volunteers needed for a study on learning

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study investigating how people learn associations between words. The study will take place in the Department of Psychology, Cathedral Court, 1 Vicar Lane. You can take part in this study if you are over 18 and a native English speaker. You should not have taken part in the first experiment from the Learning Through Guessing study (conducted between Oct 1st-27th; if you are not sure, please email me before signing up). The study will take approximately 25 to 30 minutes to complete and will involve completing some tasks on a computer. You will be reimbursed £3 for your time. You can find the full participant information sheet here. If you want to take part in this study, please sign up for one of the available time slots by following this link (you might want to check whether your google calendar is set to the London time zone to avoid scheduling issues). If there are no slots that suit you, please email k.zawadzka@sheffield.ac.uk to arrange a convenient time for your participation. Also, more slots will be added as the study progresses, so you might want to check the calendar at a later date.

Project contact: If you have any questions about the study, please do not hesitate to contact Katarzyna Zawadzka at k.zawadzka@sheffield.ac.uk.

The study has been approved by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee