See below for a 30 minute virtual lab tour showcasing the support, spaces and equipment we can offer those embarking on their dissertations.
Download the slides here.
PLEASE NOTE THE LAB IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO THE COVID-RELATED RESTRICTIONS. THE ABILITY TO CARRY OUT FACE TO FACE RESEARCH SET OUT IN THE PRESENTATION IS SUBJECT TO THE LIFTING OF RESTRICTIONS ON SOCIAL CONTACT. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING NEW WAYS TO CARRY OUT RESEARCH ONLINE AS A CONTINGENCY AND WILL SHARE THESE IF THEY BECOME NECCESSARY.
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(accessible guide for qualitative dissertations)
(accessible guide for quantitative dissertations)
We’re very happy to chat about specific issues, the earlier the better in your thinking! Please contact a psychology technician today!
The lab offers a range of equipment for use by psychology dissertation students and staff and creative methods equipment, as well as information on how to use it.
We are very interested in exploring research partnerships with other Schools in the University using some of our research-grade eye tracking and psychophysiology monitoring equipment.
The Transforming Sexuality and Gender Research Cluster has paid for a range of creative methods equipment that is also located in the psychology lab. This is for priority use by the cluster.
To book equipment, please contact the psychology technicians with the details of the resources you will need, and when you will need them. Please try and book equipment at least 4 working days in advance. Please also say whether you would like to pick them up from the lab, or whether you would like them set up somewhere else. We’ll confirm that everything is available and can be collected/delivered on the dates required. If you wish to cancel a booking please let us know as soon as you do. Equipment will be loaned on a first come first served basis and is subject to availability.
If you would like any help deciding on the best resource for your purposes, or would like to propose other resources that would be useful, we would be happy to discuss this with you in more detail.
Booking the experimental booths
Booths 1-4 are managed by SONA for dissertation students and SONA must be used to book them.
Booking the Creative Methods Lab, Teaching area and transcription booths.
View current bookings. If you are a psychology student and you’d like to book the creative methods lab, teaching area or transcription booths please speak to Joe the psychology technician, or your supervisor if you’re Level 6. If you are a member of psychology staff you can book the spaces by contacting the psychology technicians.
Important note on the Creative Methods Lab:
The Creative Methods lab has been funded by the Transforming Sexuality and Gender Research Cluster, so Cluster bookings take highest priority. Staff associated with Psychology can book the lab if it is not required by the Cluster. Priority is given to the cluster, then psychology. If a booking is made by a lower priority need it may be cancelled if a higher priority need arises.
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.
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.
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.
Do you want to present images, text or video to participants, and measure their responses and reaction times accurately, easily and automatically? If so you need to check out the Psychology lab’s SuperLab software, which is installed on the computers in the lab’s soundproof testing booths. We also have a number of response pads, which can be easily configured to allow participants to quickly and easily interact with your experiments.
You can create whatever experiments you desire. This page contains a number of pre-programmed experiments based on classic psychology papers relating to perception and attention, memory, perceptual representation, representation of meaning and reasoning. You’ll find the Stroop task, dichotic listening experiments (examining the “cocktail party effect”), experiments exploring episodic memory and many more, which can be used freely. We also have an Implicit Association Task you can use with your own stimuli.
If you are interested in running any of these pre-programmed experiments, creating your own experiment, or just having a look at what SuperLab entails please speak to the psychology technicians. If you would like to have a read about SuperLab and how easy it is to present an experiment, please take a look at the SuperLab manual.
If you are a third year and you have not done so already, please please please fill out the National Student Survey!! We want to know about your whole time at Brighton and not just the final year, so we can hear how your time at university has been and improve things for current and future students. You have until 30 April to fill it out – if you are still reading this, click the logo below and do it now! It only takes 10 minutes.
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!