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.
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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:
More guidance for University of Brighton students using images
The lab is home to a range of eye tracking and psychophysiology monitoring kit that can be used by staff and dissertation students.
As part of the strategic research development of the School of Applied Social Science, the lab is very interested in making innovative partnerships with other Schools in the University of Brighton using the cutting edge research grade equipment equipment outlined below.
Read more about the eye-tracking and psychophysiology equipment.
Here is more information on the specific equipment:
|Mobile eye tracker (SMI RED250 mobile)
||This is a screen-based laptop sized eye tracker capable of measuring eye movements, fixation duration and pupilometry.
|Eye tracking glasses (SMI ETG)
||This is a wearable and totally mobile eye tracker capable of measuring the scene viewed by the participant, the participant’s gaze within the scene and the audio present at the time.
|Psychophysiology monitoring equipment (BioPac MP160 with BioNomadix wireless recorders)
|| This allows static measurement of blood pressure and response monitoring, and wireless monitoring of EEG, ECG, EMG, Pulse Rate and EDA (see presentation above for more info.
If you are a researcher from another School in the University of Brighton and would like to explore using the equipment in a partnership please note that any partnership must meet the following criteria:
- Professional level research;
- Not speculative;
- Pilot project, with the aim to lead to a research grant application;
- Health related proposals are particularly welcome.
External partners will be allocated a member of SASS research staff who will work with the external partner to take the work forwards. Please note that the equipment, lab and psychology technician are provided primarily for psychology students and staff, and that equipment and support can only be accessed between May and November (when the lab is not being used for dissertation data collection).
Please speak to Joe the psychology technician if you want to explore using this equipment.
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!
(download accessible guide for qualitative dissertations)
(download accessible guide for quantitative 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.
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:
- Autism – The Autism Research Centre has a wide range of freely available tests related to autism and aspergers syndrome in children and adults.
- Drug/alcohol related – The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction maintains the Evaluation Instruments Bank (EIB) which is an online archive of freely available instruments for evaluating drug-related interventions. This also includes wellbeing/self esteem instruments.
- Health psychology -The Falmer library has a paper copy of “Measures in health psychology: a user’s portfolio” which contains a number of measures under the following themes: pain and pain behaviours, stress, emotion and life events, coping, social support, health status and health related quality of life, illness, symptoms, disability and recovery, expectations and experience of healthcare, individual and demographic differences, causal and control beliefs, beliefs and knowledge about health and illness and health-related behaviour.
- More Social Science – Many of the measures in the list above come from the Measurement Instrument Database for the Social Sciences (MIDSS). This contains over 500 free tests for collecting data from across the social sciences on a wide range of topics (e.g. autism, health, pain). If you can’t see what you would like in the list above you would do well to search the MIDSS more fully.
- Psychological tests for student use – York University has a selection of free measures.
- Psychotherapy – A good website for free psychotherapy worksheets, with many free worksheets on depression, anxiety, anger management, stress reduction, self-esteem, groups, individuals, couples, adults, teens, children, CBT, DBT, ACT, PTSD, OCD, BPD.
- Open Psychmetrics – a collection of personality measures, including the Big 5 and the Dark Triad questionnaires.
- Psychology Tools – a collection of measures of addiction, ADHD, aggression, anxiety, autism spectrum, bipolar, depression, easting disorders, OCD and personality.
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.
The 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.
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.
Don’t worry if you’re stuck! I’ll be posting some guides before term starts about what the psychology lab can offer you in terms of dissertation support (stats support, equipment and facilities) which will also aim to give you an idea of the types of dissertations this will help you to think up.
In the meantime one suggestion I’d make if you’re stuck for inspiration is to go over the BPS Research Digest with a fine tooth comb, and subscribe to the newsletter! This is a really excellent resource with interesting cutting-edge research which you could think about developing further or taking in a new direction. If you scroll to the bottom of the screen in the BPS Research Digest, the categories allow you to select your area of interest. There are also links to more blogs with lots of ideas. Good luck!
BUDS is the Brighton Undergraduate Dissertation Showcase, an annual conference open to all Level 5 and 6 students in SASS. Final year students get to experience presenting their findings to a large audience and fielding questions, other level 6 students get to experience an academic conference first hand and ask questions, and level 5 students get to learn about what a dissertation entails, from those with the most up-to-date experience!
This year, BUDS 2015 is on Wednesday 20th May 2015. We’ve got a record number of 18 fabulous speakers, covering a huge range of different topics! The conference will be in three parts with three sessions running in parallel during each part.
If you are a Level 5 or Level 6 SASS student, and even if you are presenting, you must register for BUDS 2015. Firstly, please take a look at the conference abstracts by clicking here. Choose one session from the red part, one sessionfrom the blue part and one session from the green part and then click here to register your details and session choices. You can also tell us about any specific dietary needs you have, as food and drink will be laid on too!
We hope to see you there!