always require volunteers to participate in our research studies.
This page tells you about the kinds of studies
we do, and the tasks you would have to perform, if you become a
Q: What are we
A: We study how
people perceive the objects and events in the world around them.
We are particularly interested in issues related to how stimulation
in one sense can affect responses and decisions made about information
in another sense. For example, we may present both lights and sounds
and ask you to tell us: 'Which came first?' Or we might ask you
to respond only to the visual information, and to ignore anything
you may hear or feel. We are interested in the perception of visual,
auditory, tactile, and even gustatory (taste) and olfactory (smell)
stimuli and in interactions between all of the combinations of these
Q: How long do
the studies take?
A: Some studies
last for just 15-20 minutes, while others take up to an hour or
more. This depends on how many responses we need from each participant,
and how many different conditions there are in the study (and how
fast you are!!). All our participants are reimbursed for their time
and travel expenses (typically by means of gift vouchers for a local
store). You will also be thoroughly debriefed at the end of the
experiment, so you can find out about what was going on in the experiment,
and exactly what we were trying to study.
Q: Who can participate?
A: Generally, we
are looking for people aged 18-35, with good vision (or who wear
correcting lenses), and with no neurological or other sensory impairments
(hearing impairment, epilepsy or brain damage for example).
Q: How do I volunteer?
A: The best way
to keep informed about our new studies is to sign up to our mailing
list. E-mail Carlos Velasco
to join the mailing list. Alternatively, look out for posters around
the Experimental Psychology Department, or contact one of our lab
We look forward
to hearing from you...