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.
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!
If you have any questions after reading this, please speak to Joe the psychology technician.
I’m putting together a document comparing the free online survey tools, which I hope will be useful to students thinking about using them. I’ll post it here when it is complete. Although most people have probably come across SurveyMonkey for one reason or another, there are a lot of other free options out there, which depending on your needs may be better for you than SurveyMonkey.