• Question: Have you ever took part in a psychological experiment, if so what was it about?

    Asked by Tara to Rob, Olly, Nicola, Jasmin, Dennis, Caroline on 12 Jun 2019.
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      Oliver Clabburn answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      I’ve taken part in a few. During my undergraduate degree we were invited to participate in some psychology studies. Mostly experiments on memory, word perception, verbal fluency etc…. One really cool time it was with an EEG cap on my head, followed by TNS!

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      Dennis Relojo-Howell answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      A lot during my undergraduate. But the most memorable is the Selective Attention Test. Try it for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo

      I did not do well on that one.

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      Jasmin Moon answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      Yes, at university we had to take part in other student’s research projects. I remember one where I had to cover my hand in ibuprofen cream then they timed me to see how long I could leave my hand in freezing cold ice water. After the experiment I was told it wasn’t really ibuprofen cream, just a normal moisturiser and they were measuring the placebo effect!

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      Caroline Brett answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      I took part in loads of experiments as an undergraduate and during my MSc. My favourite though was one I did with other students as an undergraduate. I took part as the ‘confederate’ (i.e. plant). We invited someone I knew, plus someone I didn’t know, and then sat in a room discussing a TV programme (or something like that – I can’t remember). I then had to do things like scratch my head, lean on my elbow, cross/uncross my legs and so on while my fellow students watched and videod through a one-way mirror, and then counted how many times the other people in the room with me copied my behaviour – to see if the person I knew copied me more than the person I didn’t. It was a lot of fun! We all took it in turns to be the person in the room.

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      Robert Dempsey answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      Lots! I was a Psychology student at University so I had to take part in studies to learn about the research process and gain experience. This included everything from survey studies, cognitive studies (e.g. memory and attention), pain-related studies, perceptual studies… I’ve taken part in some VR research too (which is quite cool!)

    • Photo: Nicola Johnstone

      Nicola Johnstone answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      100’s! I love doing other peoples experiments. I have had an MRI every month this year. I’ve just completed a 6 month intervention on mediation practice that involved EEG and dopamine measures. I’ve had brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS) and do loads of behaviour stuff.

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