Volunteers needed for study into midlife risk of dementia

If you are between 65 – 75 years, in good health (no history of psychiatric or neurological condition, head injury, alcohol or drug abuse, no metal in your body) and speak fluent English, then we would like to invite you to take part in a study looking at how differences in body size and genes may affect brain and cognition.

What do we ask?

  • MRI Brain scan (1.5 hour)
  • Saliva for DNA genotyping
  • Blood sample
  • Mental function tests (2.5 hours)
  • Questionnaires about your health
  • Measurement of your weight and blood pressure

What do you get?

Up to £40

For more information please contact: BlenkinsopEH@cardiff.ac.uk


Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC),

Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

Open Day, Friday 7 July – Restricted parking in Main Building

The University will be closing the Main Building car park for the duration of the University Open Day on Friday 7th July 2017. The car park will be used for a large reception marquee, mini bus parking and parking for visitors with mobility difficulties. Half of Main Building car park will also be closed on the 5th & 6th July to enable the marquee to be erected prior to the event. It is for this reason normal users need to be aware of the restricted parking and make alternative parking arrangements on these dates. Alternative parking will be available in the Colum Drive/Cassim car park by the Business School. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Research Participants Sought

We are seeking participants for multiple studies at CUBRIC exploring the brain mechanisms underlying human attention and cognition.  Some studies involve magnetic stimulation and recording of brain activity as participants perform simple behavioural tasks. We are seeking to recruit healthy individuals with normal or corrected-to-normal vision.

Participants will be reimbursed £6-10 per hour, depending on the study, and most experiments involve a total of approximately 2-15 hours participation.

To find out more about the research, and your eligibility to participate, please contact Jemma Sedgmond: SedgmondJ@cardiff.ac.uk

Participants needed – £12 for 1.5 hours – Engineering Building

Participants are needed for an interactive study in which you will make judgments about the location of objects in a room by turning your body. During the experiment, you will wear sensors that track your position as well as glasses provided by the experimenter.

To participate:

  • You must have normal vision WITHOUT glasses. Contacts are OK.
  • You must have a normal head size (or smaller). If standard-size hats are too small for you, you will not be able to wear our equipment.
  • You must have no history of epilepsy or seizures. (Some conditions include stroboscopic lighting.)

If you would like to participate, please email clarkk3@cardiff.ac.uk with the dates and times that you are free.

Healthy participants URGENTLY needed for brain imaging study

We are looking for FIVE healthy participants of both genders to take part in a neuroimaging (MRI) study between 13th and 15th June 2017. You will be paid £10 for your participation of approximately 1 hour at the new CUBRIC Maindy Road site.

If you agree to take part, we will carry out a telephone screening session with you beforehand to assess your eligibility and check for any contraindications for MRI.

You will not be eligible if you have a current or past diagnosis of any psychiatric illness, are taking psychotropic medication, experience current or past alcohol and/or illicit substance abuse.

Your participation is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw at any point without any negative consequences. The data collected for this project will be kept strictly confidential. Please be advised that there are only five places available so will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

This study has been fully reviewed and approved by the School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee at Cardiff University (References: EC.

If you wish to take part or would like to find out more, please contact Clara Humpston, PhD Student, School of Psychology for an information sheet at HumpstonCS@cardiff.ac.uk

Participants needed for a short study at the School of Psychology!

We are looking for volunteers to participate in our study investigating social cognition that involves completing one very brief computer task. The experiment takes 10-15 minutes and you will receive £2 for your participation.

Please contact Natalia Zarzeczna at: zarzecznanj@cardiff.ac.uk, if you are interested!

Do you need to re-submit work? Have a deadline looming?

Get a head start on your next assignment by attending these free study skills classes :

  • 24th May : Critical Reading and Thinking & How to Take Notes Effectively
  • 31st May : How to Structure your Essay & How to Write in an Analytical Academic Style

Classes will be held in the Michael Griffith Building, 13:10 – 15:30.

If you want to attend, you need to book a place.

Participants needed For Paid Smell Study

We are looking for female participants for an EEG study investigating the effects of perfume. So if you:

  • Are female
  • Aged 18-49 years
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not have asthma, eczema, sinusitis, anosmia (loss of smell) or respiratory problems
  • Are not currently experiencing hayfever
  • Are not pregnant or nursing a baby

We need you!

The test takes around 45 min-1 hour and we will pay you for your time around 8-10 pounds. For more information or to register your interest, please contact Olena Petter – PetterO@cardiff.ac.uk

Participants wanted for paid study: £10 for two short questionnaires

We are looking for staff and student volunteers to take part in a study on people’s views about current topics.

Payment: £10

Time required: 20 mins approx.

When: please contact us (see below) for available timeslots

Who can take part?
You should be aged 18 or above. Important: you should own your own laptop computer (not tablet) and use it on a regular basis (i.e. several times per week).

What does it involve?
You will be asked to complete two short (5-10 min) questionnaires, one week apart. The first part will be completed in our lab in the School of Psychology; and the second part can be completed online at home.

You will also be asked to use a new search engine on your laptop for one week, which means you might be asked make a couple of changes to your internet browser settings. We will assist you with this, and your normal browser settings can be restored at the end of the study. We will not be accessing any of your search history or collecting browsing data, and your privacy will remain intact. Information can be provided on how to switch back to your usual browser if you should wish to do so.

More information about the research will be provided at the end of the week, once you have completed the study. Your participation is voluntary and you may withdraw from the study at any point without giving a reason.

What happens to all the information?
Data will be anonymised as soon as data collection is completed and stored confidentially between the two questionnaires. No-one outside the research team will have access to your data.

How can you take part?
If you are interested in participating, or have any questions about the study, please contact Prof. Lorraine Whitmarsh (whitmarshle@cardiff.ac.uk or 02920 876972).

Participants wanted for paid study: £5 for short online questionnaire

We are looking for staff and student volunteers to take part in a study on people’s decision-making and traits.

Payment: £5

Time required: 10-15 mins.

When: online in your own time (see link below) before Friday 5th May

Who can take part?
Any man or woman, aged 18 or above.

What does it involve?
Completing a short (10-15 min) questionnaire online in your own time.

The questionnaire investigates decision-making in relation to behaviours and traits and involves reading/decision-making and filling in a series of questions. You will receive £5 for taking part.

More information will be provided at the end of the study. Your participation is voluntary and you may withdraw from the study at any point. The study has been approved by the School of Psychology Ethics Committee.

What happens to all the information?
Data will be anonymised as soon as data collection is completed. No-one outside the research team will have access to your data. We only ask for your name and email address in order to send you details of how to claim the £5 payment.

How can you take part?
If you would like to participate, please go to the study website and complete the questionnaire.

You will then be emailed information about how to claim the £5 payment. Please complete the questionnaire by Friday 5th May.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Prof. Lorraine Whitmarsh (whitmarshle@cardiff.ac.uk or 02920 876972).