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

Volunteers needed for research into midlife risk of dementia

We are currently looking for volunteers willing to take part in two research studies on healthy ageing and midlife risk for dementia: 1) Ageing, stress, brain structure and cognitive health; and 2) How do individual differences in adiposity and APOE genotype as risk factor for dementia affect brain and cognition? These studies are highly inter-related, therefore we would like to invite you to participate in and complete both of these studies. You will receive a payment of £20 for study ‘Ageing, stress, brain structure and cognitive health’; £40 for study ‘How do individual differences in body fat and APOE genotype as risk factors for dementia affect brain health and cognition? If you are interested, please read the information below.

What do these studies involve?

  • Completing a short screening session in the afternoon (30min);

If you meet the inclusion criteria for this study, then also:

  • Providing three saliva samples in the same screening session. One of the saliva samples will be used to measure biological indicators of elevated stress (the stress hormone cortisol and measures of the body’s immune system function). The other two samples will be used to analyse your DNA;
  • Completing an online survey (up to 1h 10min);
  • Arriving at Cardiff University, School of Psychology to complete two sessions of cognitive testing consisting of several tasks of general cognition, memory, learning, problem solving, attention and the ability to regulate emotions (up to 2h each)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of your brain and abdomen (90min)
  • Fasting blood draw (15min);

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Am I eligible to take part?

You are eligible to take part if you are a man aged 40-59 years or a woman aged 40-59 years, a native English speaker and in good health (no history of psychiatric, neurological, chronic immune system conditions; head injury, alcohol or drug abuse; metal in your body; have normal or corrected-to-normal vision). However, we will ask you to complete the screening session to make sure that you meet these criteria.

Do I have to take part?

Your participation is completely voluntary. You will be able to withdraw at any time.

What will happen to all the information?

All of the data will be held confidentially. A participant number will be assigned to you and only this number will be used to store and analyse the data. The link between this participant number and your name will be safely held in a separate document. We would like to keep all the information obtained indefinitely. We would also like to keep your saliva samples and DNA material for future research. However, you will be able to ask for all the information to be deleted and all the samples disposed of at any time, if you wish to withdraw from the study.

Participants needed for simple study: £2.50 for 25 minutes

Participants are needed for a simple eye tracking study.

You will complete a 25 minute computer based task which will involve you looking at pictures and listening to sentences.

Eligibility requirements: NO glasses or contact lenses. On day of study please don’t wear eye make up (or be willing to remove it)

For more information and to sign up please email Alice Rees: reesa34@cardiff.ac.uk

Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme 2017

The Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) continues to grow and applications for 2017 are now welcome.

The scheme provides a bursary of up to £1600 for students to undertake 6-8 week placements in academic Schools, usually in the summer vacation, contributing to staff-led research projects. It has proven to be an extremely effective way to give students an insight into real research while providing staff with valuable extra help.

Staff who could benefit from talented undergraduates contributing to their research and who can provide a meaningful experience for budding researchers are invited to submit an application; successful bids will then be allocated funding and staff can then proceed to recruit a student to the post. Students do not apply for funding directly: proposals must first be submitted by project supervisors.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 22nd February 2017.

For further information and an application form, see CUROP or contact curop@cardiff.ac.uk

Examples of projects from 2008-2016 are available here: CUROP Projects: Archive
CUROP Team
Student Experience and Academic Standards: CUROP

 

The Academic Skills and Mentoring Team runs classes on a wide range of topics for all undergraduate students

About the classes

The Academic Skills and Mentoring Team runs classes on a wide range of topics for all undergraduate students.

These classes are designed for all undergraduate students and are a great way to help improve your grades or enhance essential study skills.

Classes run for 50/100 minutes and you are welcome to attend as many as you like. They are not credit-bearing but you can gain a certificate in a particular pathway to acknowledge you have attended four sessions on that theme. You can choose to dip in and out of the schedule or sign up to complete a certificate – you decide.

Classes are held at Cathays Campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The timetables and booking links for this semester’s classes can be found here:

https://intranet.cardiff.ac.uk/students/your-study/study-skills/academic-skills-classes/timetables-and-booking

What to expect

These are classes rather than lectures where you will be expected to complete a range of tasks independently, in pairs or in small groups. The sessions tend to focus on problem solving and are student responsive – we value your input and feedback.

There is always a mix of year groups and disciplines so the classes are a positive environment for you to share good ideas, compare different approaches and take a pro-active role in your learning.

Here are some of the topics you can choose from:

  • Presentation skills
  • Critical reading and thinking
  • Note taking for university
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Essays – how to structure them
  • Time management
  • Revision tips
  • Motivation
  • Reflective writing

Academic Skills and Mentoring
skillscentre@cardiff.ac.uk
+44 (0)29 2087 4231
51a Park Place

The Student Mentor Scheme is now recruiting student mentors!

BEEN THERE? DONE THAT? GET THE T-SHIRT…

When we start university we often have lots of questions and sometimes we don’t know who to turn to for advice or support. Often, the best person is another student. When you ask a second or third year student for advice you are getting advice which is recent and relevant. The University recognises this and in September 2012 it launched the Student Mentor Scheme.

The scheme matches continuing undergraduate students with first years from the same degree discipline. Training and support are provided so that the mentors feel confident in their role and first years are given a friendly face to seek advice and guidance from. The mentors gain valuable employability skills and get the chance to evidence those skills in applications and job interviews. Everyone’s a winner!

All of the student mentors volunteer their time but give much more than that. They are a team who are creative, dedicated and fun. So, do you have what it takes to be a mentor? Been there? Done that? Well, now get the t-shirt! Check out the web page below, complete the online application form by 27.2.17. What have you got to lose?

Student Mentor Scheme

Still want more info? Contact skillscentre@cardiff.ac.uk or phone 029 2087 9364

Volunteers needed for study into midlife risk of dementia

If you are between 40 – 50 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 hours)
  • Questionnaires about your health
  • Measurement of your weight and blood pressure

What do you get?

Where?

Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), Maindy Road,Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

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, aged 18+.

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