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 can be found here.
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
How the lab can support your QUANTITATIVE dissertation
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 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.
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.
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.