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Guidance for online recruitment

Here are a few documents that provide additional guidance for online recruitment. If you’re a psychology student, please note that these documents are meant to be used as an addition to the online recruitment workshop that you would have attended.

Getting started Summary of key
functions for those
who have already
attended the workshop.

Download Getting Started guide

(mobile-friendly: Getting Started)

Question types Overview
of all question types
that can be created
with Qualtrics

Download Question Types guide

(mobile-friendly: Question Types)

Detailed Question Types guide
Uploading graphics
to surveys
How to upload images,
audio, and video files to your surveys

Download Graphics guide

(mobile-friendly: Graphics guide)

Detailed Graphics guide
Hot spot questions How to create hot
spot questions
in your survey

Download Hot Spot guide

(mobile friendly: Hot Spot guide)

Detailed Hot Spot guide
Heat map questions How to create heat
maps in your survey

Download Heat Map guide

(mobile friendly: Heat map guide)

Detailed Heat Map guide
Timing questions How to record click
times and submission
times in your survey

Download Timing guide 

(mobile friendly: timing questions)

Detailed Timing guide
Randomisation How to randomise
answer choices,
questions, and blocks

Download Randomisation guide

(mobile-friendly: Randomisation guide)

Detailed Randomisation guide
Importing survey data to SPSS How to get your data
from Qualtrics to SPSS

Download Importing to SPSS guide

(mobile-friendly: importing to SPSS guide)

Guide for supervisors Collaborating
with students and
approving studies

Download guide for supervisors

(mobile friendly: guide for supervisors)

If you have questions or need additional guidance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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RECRUITING ONLINE

Qualtrics is an easy to use web-based survey tool to conduct survey research and other data collection research. It can be used for simple Likert type responses as well as free text questions, what’s more it has the ability to ask more complex questions, do all sorts of randomisation and present a wide range of stimuli such as images and videos.  Qualtrics is easy to use to build surveys, distribute surveys and analyse responses – all from any online location, any time you need!

Psychology students recruiting participants online must use Qualtrics when they reach their final year.

Level 4 and Level 5 psychology students must complete 2 online studies and earn at least 10 Research Points from taking part in face to face studies per year before they can use Qualtrics or SONA for their dissertation in Level 6. This gives students really valuable experience of participating in studies, and enables dissertation students reach ambitious  recruitment targets. Dissertation students  award 1 Research Point for every online survey participants complete. Members of the public can also participate.

For… dissertation students new to Qualtrics who want to create a survey and recruit

You will gain access to your Qualtrics account when you attend one of the dissertation workshops for online recruitment. Look out for an e-mail about these workshops in the first semester. Your study won’t go live until you request approval from your supervisor, so please feel free to experiment as soon as you have your account. Qualtrics is easy to use, and you can put your study up yourself with no help if you’d prefer. Guidance will appear here in due course.

Log in to Qualtrics.

For… Level 4,5 and 6 psychology students who want to participate

You can start participating in online studies at any time. You must earn 10 Research Points per year from participating in face to face studies.  2 of these must be from online surveys; you receive 1 Research Point for every survey you complete. All psychology students are strongly encouraged to take part in as many studies as they can, as they will be helping dissertation students and gaining insight that will definitely help when it comes to dissertation time and thinking about a career! A prize for the Level 4 and Level 5 student participating in the most studies will be awarded at the next BUDS conference.

See available studies

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For… Anybody else who wants to participate in psychology studies: 

Anybody can participate in studies, not just students. You can participate by clicking on the link provided with each study. If you find a study interesting, feel free to share it on social media or send it to friends to help the researchers reach their recruitment numbers.

See available studies.

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More guidance on online recruitment.

Got questions? Contact a psychology technician!

RECRUITING FACE-TO-FACE

All psychology dissertation students recruiting human participants face to face must use SONA when they reach their third year.

Level 4 and Level 5 psychology students must earn 10 Research Points  per year before they can use SONA or Qualtrics for their dissertation in Level 6. This gives students really valuable experience of participating in studies, and enables dissertation students reach ambitious  recruitment targets. Dissertation students  award participants 1 Research Point for every 15 minutes participation, and bonus 5 Research Points for face-to-face studies. Members of the public can also create accounts and participate.

For… dissertation students new to SONA:

Your SONA account will be upgraded to a researcher account when you attend one of the SONA dissertation workshops. Look out for an email about the SONA workshops in the first semester! Your study won’t go live until you click “send request” asking the administrator for approval so please feel free to experiment as soon as you have your account. SONA is easy to use and you can easily put your study on yourself with no help if you’d prefer. Everybody using SONA to recruit participants should read the SONA and ethics document, it will hopefully be useful for your ethics application documents!

Read more:  Advice on how to complete your study information page on SONA.

(Download accessible version of the completing study information page on SONA document)

For… Level 4, 5 and 6 psychology students who want to participate:

You’ll be given a participant account in Level 4 and will be able to  begin participating in studies as soon as you’ve logged on. You must earn at least 10 Research Points per year for participation. You receive 1 Research Point for every 15 minutes of participation + an additional 5 research Points for face-to-face studies. 2 of these Research Points will need to come from  participating in online surveys, you earn 1 Research Point for every online survey you complete. All psychology students are strongly encouraged to take part in as many studies as they can as they will be helping dissertation students and gaining insight that will definitely help when it comes to dissertation time and thinking about a career! A prize for the Level 4 and Level 5 student participating in the most studies will be awarded at the next BUDS conference.  Very Important: Psychology students must only use the participant account which is emailed to them from SONA, they are forbidden for requesting additional participant accounts (as set out below).

For… Anybody else who wants to participate in psychology studies:

Anybody can participate in studies, not just students. If you are a Brighton psychology student you must use your participant account. Members of public and non-psychology students can participate by clicking the link to SONA at the bottom of this page, clicking “Request Account”, and filling in the information asked for – you’ll need to give yourself a username, anything will do! You’ll get an email with your account details and be able to click a link to start participating.

For… Supervisors:

All psychology dissertation supervisors are automatically enrolled as PIs (called Principal Investigators on SONA). Your students set you as their PI when they register their study. If one of your students puts their study on SONA and asks for it to be approved to go live you will get an email from a psychology technician asking you to confirm you are content with the study. Only when you approve it will the student’s study go live and they can start recruiting.

For… Everyone

If you have any questions, contact the psychology technicians! There’s also a long guide to SONA, with everything that you could possibly need to know. We do not recommend you read it all, but it could be a useful reference if you have specific questions.

Finally! How do I find SONA? Please click: Take me to SONA!

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Story Completion

 

Story completion is a method used or qualitative research, wherein participants express their views on a topic by completing a story normally started by the researcher. This post will give you an overview of the method, including some tips and practicalities to think about when designing a research study that uses story completion.

Example of a story completion form for a participant. The beginning of the story is written in two lines at the top of the form and the participant can finish the story in the space below.
Continue reading Story Completion

Looking for a source of free images?

Most of the images you find on the web will have some sort of copyright or ownership rights that will prevent you using them in lectures, posters or as dissertation stimuli for example. There are a number of free sources of images, and here they are! If you find any more please let Joe the psychology technician know.

https://pixabay.com and https://unsplash.com  are searchable sources for free images.

You can also use search.creativecommons.org to search Flickr for images that are licensed for reuse. It allows you to filter by commericial/non-commercial reuse so it is very helpful.

You can also try:

http://www.pics4learning.com  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

More guidance for University of Brighton students using images

 

 

 

 

Dissertation support

Click on the links below for two very short interactive (2 page) guides that summarise what the lab can offer dissertation students. Please contact a psychology technician to discuss how the lab can help you!

How the lab can support your QUALITATIVE dissertation

(download accessible guide for qualitative dissertations)

How the lab can support your QUANTITATIVE dissertation

(download accessible guide for quantitative dissertations)

Free measures for dissertations

This page contains information on a range of measures (psychometric tests) freely available to psychology students, and the formats in which they are available. Please note this is a guide only and is not intended to be a definitive list. You are strongly  encouraged to read the academic papers that accompany the tests and read around these to make sure the test is right for your purposes.

Your choice of measure should be discussed with your supervisor. Your supervisor must approve the measures you intend to use before you use them to collect data. If the questionnaire you need is accessible only by contacting the author, you must check with your supervisor before doing so.  At the end of the page are links to other databases that contain many more measures if you can’t find what you are looking for here.

Links will take you direct to online resources. Please remember to reference these correctly if you use them. If you need advice, get in touch with your supervisor or contact the psychology technicians.

Where tests are marked with an asterisk (*) these are paper copies subject to copyright and held in the psychology lab store – if you would like to use any of these you will need to get approval from your supervisor.

If you would like to use a published test not on this list, or would like to add a test to the list, please contact a psychology technician.

Topic Scale Background information
Activism
Activism Orientation Scale Activism Orientation Scale background info 
Anger
Clinical Anger Scale  Clinical Anger Scale background info
Anxiety
Spielberg State-Trait Anxiety Inventory – copy available from the Psychology Lab. Spielberg Anxiety Inventory background info 
Attitudes towards self
Attitudes Towards Self Questionnaire  Attitudes Towards Self Questionnaire background info
Attraction tactics
Male Attraction Tactics Questionnaire  Male Attraction Tactics background info
Belief in good luck
Belief in Good Luck Questionnaire (see pages 494 – 495 for questionnaire items) Belief in Good Luck Questionnaire background info
Belonging
Need to Belong Scale Need to Belong Scale background info
Big 5 personality traits
Big Five Inventory (see page 3 for questionnaire items) Big Five Inventory background info 
Body Anxiety
Social Physique Anxiety Scale Social Physique Anxiety Scale background info
Body Attitudes (men)
Male Body Attitudes Scale  (click ‘Download PDF’ and see page 164 for questionnaire items). Male Body Attitudes Scale background info
Body Awareness
Body Awareness Questionnaire (click ‘PDF Full Text’ and see page 805 for questionnaire items) Body Awareness Questionnaire background info
Body Esteem
Body Esteem Questionnaire (men and women) – the scale is freely available but you will need to e-mail the authors. Please check with your supervisor before doing so. Body Esteem Questionnaire background info
Body Shape
Body Shape Questionnaire (men and women) Body Shape Questionnaire background info
Coping Style
Coping Style Questionnaire for Social Situations Coping Style Questionnaire background info
Curiosity
Curiosity and Exploration Styles Inventory Curiosity and Exploration background info
Depression
University Students Depression Inventory (click ‘Download PDF’ and see page 164 for questionnaire items). University Students Depression Inventory background info
Depression, Anxiety, and Stress
Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale
Short version (DASS 21)
Long version (DASS 42)
DASS 21 background info
DASS 42 background info
Dieting
Dieting Beliefs Scale (click ‘PDF Full Text’ and see page 195 for questionnaire items) Dieting Beliefs Scale background info
Disagreement
Tolerance of Disagreement Scale  Tolerance of Disagreement Scale background info
Eating
Eating Attitudes Test  Eating Attitudes Test background info
Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence Scale (see page 172 for the questionnaire items) Emotional Intelligence Scale background info
Emotional intensity
Affect Intensity Measure 20 items
Affect Intensity Measure 40 items
Affect Intensity Measure background info
Empathy
Toronto Empathy Questionnaire Empathy Questionnaire background info
Environment
ALPHA Measure for Environmental Perceptions Measure for Environmental Perceptions background info
Environment
Environmental Attitudes (see page 20 for the questionnaire items) Environmental attitudes background info
Ethical Position
Ethics Position Questionnaire Ethics Position Questionnaire background info
Facebook Use
Facebook Use Intensity Scale  Facebook Use Intensity Scale background info
Family Distress
Brief Family Distress Scale  Family Distress Scale
Family Life
Satisfaction with Family Life Scale (see Table 1 for questionnaire items) Satisfaction with family life scale background info
Fear of being found out
Imposterism Scale  Imposterism Scale background info
Flourishing
Flourishing Scale  Flourishing Scale background info
Friendship
Friendship Questionnaire (see Appendix for questionnaire items) Friendship Questionnaire background info
Friendship
Costs and Benefits of Friendship Questionnaire  Costs and benefits of friendships background info
Friendship
McGill Friendship Questionnaire – Respondent’s Affection McGill Friendship Questionnaire background info
Future Consequences
Consideration of Future Consequences Scale Consideration for Future Consequences background info 
Food Preoccupation
Food Preoccupation Questionnaire  Food Preoccupation Questionnaire background information
Gratitude
Gratitude Questionnaire  Gratitude Questionnaire background info
Happiness
Subjective Happiness Scale (see Appendix for the scale items) Subjective Happiness Scale background info
Homophobia
Homophobia Scale Homophobia Scale background info 
Identity
Aspects of Identity Questionnaire  Aspects of Identity Questionnaire background info 
Jealousy (infidelity)
Jealousy Instrument  Jealousy Instrument background info
Job Satisfaction
Work Locus of Control Scale (see Appendix for the questionnaire items) Work Locus of Control Scale background info
LGBT Human Rights Support
Support for Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Scale  Support for LG Human Rights Scale background info 
LGBT identity
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Scale  LGB Identity Scale background info
Likability
Reysen Likability Scale  Reysen Likability Scale background info
Love and Breaking up
Love Schemas Scale  Love Schemas Scale background info
Love attitudes
Love Attitudes Scale: Short form Love Attitudes Scale background info
Meaning of Life
Meaning of Life Questionnaire  Meaning of Life Questionnaire background info
Mood
Brief Mood Introspection Scale  Brief Mood Introspection Scale background info
Music Preferences
Short Test of Music Preference  Test of Music preference background info
Nature
Connectedness to Nature Scale (see Appendix on page 513 for the questionnaire items) Connectedness to Nature background info
Narcissism
Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale background info
Optimism
Life Orientation Test – Revised Life Orientation Test background info 
Pain
See this journal article assessing 7 measures to assess pain
Panic Attacks
Panic Attack Questionnaire Panic Attack Questionnaire background info 
Passionate Love
Passionate Love Scale  Passionate Love Scale background info
Personal Development
Personal Growth Initiative Scale Personal Growth Initiative Scale background info
Physical Activity and Sport Anxiety
Physical Activity and Sport Anxiety Scale Physical Activity and Sport Anxiety background info
Pregnancy Experience
Pregnancy Experience Scale  Pregnancy Experience Scale background info
PTSD
Trauma Screening Questionnaire (see Appendix for questionnaire items) Trauma Screening Questionnaire background info
Purpose in Life
Life Engagement Test Life Engagement Test background info
Quality of Life
Global Quality of Life Scale Global Quality of Life Scale background info
Racism
Overview of 34 measures to assess racism
Relationships
Friendship and Relationship Quotient Questionnaire Friendship and Relationship Quotient Questionnaire background info 
Religious Commitment
Religious Commitment Inventory  Religious Commitment Inventory background info
Repetitive Thinking
Repetitive Thinking Questionnaire Repetitive Thinking Questionnaire background info
Rorschach Inkblot Test
The lab has an original copy of the Rorschach Inkblot test and interpretation manual. Contact the technicians for more info. 
Satisfaction with Life
Satisfaction with Life Scale (see Table 1 for questionnaire items) Satisfaction with Life Scale background info 
Self-Consciousness
Self Consciousness Scale Revised  Self Consciousness Scale background info
Self-Criticism
Attitudes to Self Questionnaire Attitudes to Self Questionnaire background info
Self-Esteem
Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale background info
Self-Esteem
Collective Self-Esteem Scale Collective Self-Esteem Scale background info
Self-Portrayal
Negative Self-Portrayal Scale Negative Self-Portrayal scale background info
Separation Anxiety
Adult Separation Anxiety Tool Adult Separation Anxiety Tool background info
Sexual Attitudes
Brief Sexual Attitudes Scale Brief Sexual Attitudes Scale background info
Sexual Desire
Sexual Desire Inventory Sexual Desire Inventory background info
Sexual Likes and Dislikes
Sexual Self-Disclosure Questionnaire  Sexual Self-Disclosure Questionnaire background info
Shyness
Shyness Scale  Shyness Scale background info
Sleep-related worry
Anxiety and Preoccupation about Sleep Questionnaire Anxiety and Preoccupation about Sleep Questionnaire background info
Social Anxiety
Social Anxiety Questionnaire for Adults  Social Anxiety Questionnaire for Adults background info
Social Phobia
Social Phobia Inventory Social Phobia Inventory background info
Social Phobia and Anxiety
Printed copies of MHS Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory and the manual are available from the Psychology Lab. Contact the technicians for more info. 
Social Support
Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (see Table 1 on page 35 for questionnaire items) Perceived social support scale background info
Social Support
Social Support Inventory (see table 9 on page 408 for questionnaire items.) Social Support Inventory background info
Spiritual Connections
Spiritual Connection Questionnaire Spiritual Connection Questionnaire background info
Sport
Sport Emotion Questionnaire Sport Emotion Questionnaire background info
Stress
Perceived Stress Scale Perceived Stress Scale background info
Stress and PTSD
Impact of Events Scale  Impact of events Scale background info
Systematising
Systematising Quotient (scroll down on the linked webpage to find this scale) Systematising Quotient background info
Teasing
Perception of Teasing Scale (see appendix for scale items) Perception of Teasing Scale background info
Temptations to Drink
Temptations to Drink Instrument Temptations to Drink Instrument background info
Violence

 

Attitudes Towards Dating Violence Questionnaire Attitudes Towards Dating Violence background info
Worry
Penn State Worry Questionnaire Penn State Worry Questionnaire background info
Other databases of measures:

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the list above, these websites also contain a wealth of free, validated measures:

Looking to do a perception or cognition experiment? The lab can offer software PsyCog, which contains a number of freely available, ready built psychology experiments and demonstrations including:

  • Vision: visual angle, colour perception, brightness and contrast, motion, depth, size, fading;
  • Hearing: pitch, localisation;
  • Language: categorical perception, Stroop effect (we also have a version of the Stroop task which you customise to the needs of your study)
  • Attention: visual search, change blindness, interference
  • Learning and memory: iconic memory, scanning of short term memory, implicit learning, eye-witness testimony
  • Cognition: mental rotation

Got something more specific in mind? You can built an entire experiment from scratch with our SuperLab software and we’d be more than happy to help. Get in touch to find out more.

If you find any of the measures on these or other sites useful please let a psychology technician know, so they can add them to the list.

 

 

 

 

Want to produce an academic poster?

PosterThe psychology lab and the computers in the Falmer Library all have Microsoft Publisher, which is an easy way to quickly create professional looking academic posters like the one above, which was created by one of our Level 6 students for the 2016 BUDS conference. If you would like a demo of Microsoft Publisher, please ask the psychology technicians. The lab has produced a short guide which can be used to set up Microsoft Publisher for producing an academic poster and helps you understand some of the key features which also contains links to further information.

Further support on Microsoft Publisher can be found on Microsoft’s website.

Software for QUALITATIVE analysis – Nvivo.

NVivo is qualitative analysis software developed by QSR International. All of the lab’s computers have Nvivo installed on them, and it is also available on the library computers. If you would like a demo of NVivo please speak to a psychology technician.

Here’s a short presentation introducing NVivo. If you’d like a step by step guide to help you explore some of NVivo’s basic features in your own time, please find a computer with NVivo installed (all computers in the lab have it), and download the NVivo worksheet.

Full details of NVivo can be found on the manufacturer’s website.

Cyberball

The psychology lab has created an implementation of the online program, Cyberball. Further information about how to use and reference Cyberball can be found in the User Manual for Cyberball 4. The program can be accessed at the following link: https://tools.brighton.ac.uk/cyberball/ . Please note that you will need to customise the URL to make it function in the way you desire – the psychology technicians can help you if you are unsure.