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!
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 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.
Take a virtual tour of the lab!
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.
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.