Research participation: Current opportunities

Current studies are listed below. There is an associated email list and Essex users can register on the "participants" list.

If you are not a member of staff or a student at the University of Essex and wish to be added to the email list, or if you are seeking participants and would like to add your research to this page, please contact us.

Take part in a research project

Children’s attitudes towards regional accents

Information about the study

This study looks at children’s attitudes towards regional accents. You and your child are invited to come onto the University of Essex campus to help us understand how 5 year old children feel about different accents.

Eligibility/criteria for taking part

We are looking for children whose first and main language is English and are 5 years old.

What the participants have to do

In this study, your child will play a game on the computer, while information from brain waves is measured by a fancy cap. You will receive a £15 Amazon voucher for your time and each child will receive a toy prize as a thank you for participating.

How do participants take part and who should they contact

If you are interested in taking part or would like any more information, please contact the research team at accentthepositive@essex.ac.uk.

You can also visit our webpage: https://www.essex.ac.uk/research-projects/accent-the-positive

Funding

This project is funded by BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant SRG19\190040

Ethical approval

This project was reviewed by the Departmental Ethics Officer on behalf of the Ethics Sub-Committee 2 who gave a favourable opinion for the study. ERAMS project number ETH1920-0054.

Data collection period:

Data is currently being collected and data collection will end on 31st July 2022.

Exploratory study to understand the feasibility of AI driven psychometric tool in UK higher education

Information about the study

The Essex Business School, in partnership with OLT ERP Limited, are conducting an exploratory study to design and develop an AI driven psychometric module for university students from the student data to identify any signal for the inception of stress and its degree which any or few of the students may be undergoing during study for timely intervention by the administration.

Eligibility/criteria for taking part

All students in the University of Essex.

What the participants have to do?

Complete an online survey, which will take about 10 minutes.

How do participants take part and who should they contact?

Please contact Professor Ram Ramanathan (the PI, Email r.ramanathan@essex.ac.uk) and Mr Emmanuel Owoade (the Research Assistant, Email eyowoa@essex.ac.uk) and we will send an online link.

Funding

Primarily funded by the Innovation Voucher Scheme of the University. OLT ERP Limited funds a small part of the project.

Ethical approval

This project was reviewed by the Departmental Ethics Officer on behalf of the Ethics Sub-Committee 2 who gave a favourable opinion for the study. ERAMS project number ETH2122-1062.

Data collection period

Data collection will end on 31 July 2022.

Language processing: How good are you at learning other languages?

Information about the study

In EssexLab we are conducting a research study on language processing and we are looking for participants! If you want to know how good you are at learning other languages, and want to earn £15 here you have the details!

Eligibility/criteria for taking part

  • Spanish speakers who were brought up in an English speaking country and whose parents (or one of them) are Spanish native speakers.
  • English native speakers with little or no previous knowledge of other languages.
  • English natives who speak Spanish or who are learning it (medium or high levels of proficiency) or
  • Spanish native speakers who have lived in the UK for more than 2 years.

What the participants have to do

It takes 1 hour! 

Firstly, you will complete some online questionnaires at home to gather some information about your personal and sociolinguistic background (age, nationality, number of languages you speak, language proficiency, language use and exposure to those languages, etc). No participant will be allowed to attend the session in the lab unless they have completed the online tasks!

Once you have completed the online tasks, you will attend a session in the EssexLab laboratory where you will complete a series of tasks: A couple of eye-tracking tasks where you will be presented with some images while you listen to some sound clips in Spanish and/or English.  An online language aptitude test. An online reflexes test.

If you belong to the following categories: English monolingual speakers or Spanish natives living in the UK for more than 2 years, you would need to come to the lab for a second session of 10 minutes and you would be paid 20 pounds.

 IMPORTANT: To take part in this study is necessary that you don’t wear any eye makeup (including fake eyelashes, eyelash extensions, mascara, etc) and/or glasses with blue light filter on the day of the session. To find out more, please email csotog@essex.ac.uk 

How do participants take part and who should they contact

You can register now! 

Please click the most appropriate registration:

Funding

The project is funded by EssexLab. University of Essex.

Ethical approval

This project was reviewed by the Departmental Ethics Officer on behalf of the Ethics Sub-Committee 2 who gave a favourable opinion for the study. ERAMS project number ETH2122-0975

Data collection period:

Until the 1 October 2022.

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Beverley Pascoe Research Governance Officer