The lab has a number of Olympus VN-712PC voice recorders which can be borrowed. They are very simple to use and give good quality recordings for interviews and focus groups.
They run on AAA batteries which we supply you with (battery life is around 70 hours). We can supply you with additional memory, but most people find the built in memory is fine – allowing between 131 and 823 hours depending on the quality setting. We can provide you with a USB cable that you can use to download your recordings to your computer, or Joe the psychology technician can put your recordings onto a USB stick if you’d prefer.
Download the user manual here.
If you would like to book one please speak to Joe the psychology technician, who will also make sure you are comfortable using it before booking it out to you.
Struggling with SPSS? At a loss with research methods? As a first step please check out these films to help entering data, coding variables and carrying out statistical tests. You might need to enter your university login and password.
If these don’t help, Joe and Martina, the psychology technicians, are happy to offer one-to-one drop in sessions, or a larger group session if you and some classmates are stuck the same topic and would to work as a group. Please contact a technician to book a slot.
Just to stress – if you are struggling with research methods or SPSS it is so much better to get help early on rather than waiting till exam/data analysis time, letting all the questions mount up, getting more and more confused – and finally realising you’ve got a mountain to climb and no more time. No question is too silly for the drop-ins! Often the questions you think are the silliest are the most useful ones to get clear in your head early on.
Want SPSS on your own computer?
The Transforming Sexuality and Gender Research cluster brings together a cross-college group of researchers who are conducting research related to LGBTQ lives; sex, sexuality and health; gender and sexuality in childhood; promoting transformative research the use of participatory and creative methods.
The research cluster has funded the Creative Methods Lab and also a range of creative and visual methods resources, which include Lego and a wide range of craft materials. The cluster has funded GoPro cameras, wearable cameras, movable cameras, a BlackMagic Cinema camera, and a suite of image and movie editing software and hardware. Details of some of the equipment can be found here. Members of the cluster can obtain further information about exactly what is available and book the equipment by contacting Joe the psychology technician.
The lab is purchasing some new cinema-quality camcorders and accessories that can be booked by psychology staff and students. If they arrive in time, I’ll be using these to record this workshop here at the Falmer campus, on 3 July. If you are a PhD student or researcher in the field you might like to attend, it looks really interesting! If you would like to sign up or obtain more details please click here. Here is the description of the workshop:
“Want to explore beyond well-used methods that reproduce well-established stories about sex, gender, sexuality and relating? Fancy yourself doing modelling, bad sex writing or as a deep thinker, visual artist or ‘craftivist’? Read on!
Creative research methods can yield narratives different from and phenomenologically richer than interviews, focus groups and surveys. When doing public engagement and dissemination, creative methods can help people think differently about sex, gender, sexuality and relations/relating to challenge popular/media representations.
Having been successfully hosted by the Open University, University of Manchester and Coventry University this half-day FREE event is hosted by the University of Brighton.”
Some of you have seen that the lab is not accepting bookings for today – it is a University of Brighton Open day today and there will be lab tours from 12:00-16:00. If you can, please make alternative arrangements to study, as there will be a lot of disruption.
Massive apologies for the inconvenience, and also for not giving you more notice. Normal service will resume after 4pm today!
Third Year Dissertation students are strongly encouraged to use SONA to create their surveys for free, as this also gives a lot of help with recruitment. If you are not using SONA, there are other options. Most people have heard about Surveymonkey, but what about Qualtrics or SogoSurvey? As a student, you really do not have to pay for online survey software. You may find that the free version of Surveymonkey is too limited for your needs – if you do please click the link below for a round-up of some better free options!
Comparison of free survey tools
If you have any questions after reading this, please speak to Joe the psychology technician.
Very interesting blog post here from Fiona Macneill (Learning Technologies Advisor) on using iPads for qualitative research, including using them to record interviews and focus groups, and the apps and hardware that may help.
If anybody is interested in using the apps mentioned here for dissertations or research please speak to me and I’ll get them installed on the Psychology Lab’s iPads. The lab is happy to lend students and staff iPads, mics, voice recorders, video cameras – just click view & book lab resources to see what we can offer.