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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.
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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

 

 

 

 

Research Grade eye tracking and psychophysiology equipment

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.

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.

Equipment guide – Voice recorders

Olympus VN712pc

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.

Thinking about what dissertation to do?

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 2015

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!Brighton Undergraduate Dissertation Showcase