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Research Studies

Below is a list of the studies that are running this semester. To sign up for a study, email the researcher.

Remember that you MUST be 18 years or older to participate in ANY research study. If you are not yet 18, you MUST complete the alternate assignment for PSY 100 or PSY 247.

Faculty and Student Independent Research

  • 2 research credits (30 - 60 minutes)
    In this study, you will watch videos of people swimming and judge whether you think one of them is drowning. In some of those videos, you will be given an assigned eye movement scan path and in others you will be free to scan how you wish. Your eye movements and performance will be measured as you watch the videos. After the video task, you will complete surveys that will measure the extent to which you 'space out' or 'zone out' or temporarily forget what you are doing and these scores will be compared to your performance in the simulated lifeguard task. You do not need to be a lifeguard to sign up because you will be provided instructions on what to look for. You must have normal or corrected to normal vision: glasses with thin frames or contacts are acceptable eye wear. Before the study begins, you must remove dark eye makeup such as eyeliner or mascara.

    THIS STUDY IS NOT RECRUITING ANY MORE PARTICIPANTS FOR THE SPRING 2022 SEMESTER. DATA COLLECTION WILL RESUME IN SEPTEMBER 2022. DO NOT CONTACT THE RESEARCHER UNTIL THEN.
    This study takes place in Goddard 114 (enter through Goddard lobby). This research is supervised by Lyndsey Lanagan-Leitzel.

  • 1 credit (less than 30 minutes)
    In this study, you will be viewing a series of simulated data profiles based on the app “Tinder”. These profiles will vary in photo attractiveness and biography content. Before viewing the profiles, you will fill out a series of surveys designed to measure various demographics, dating goals, and sociosexuality. Some participants will participate in an eye-tracking version of the study and others will participate without the eye-tracker, but all participants will view a set of 12 profiles. Your eye movements (if in the eye-tracking version) as well as positive or negative responses will be recorded as you view the profiles.

    THIS STUDY IS NOT RECRUITING ANY MORE PARTICIPANTS FOR THE SPRING 2022 SEMESTER. DATA COLLECTION WILL RESUME IN SEPTEMBER 2022. DO NOT CONTACT THE RESEARCHER UNTIL THEN.
    This study takes place in Goddard 114 (enter through Goddard lobby). Email Eleni Katsarakes at katsarakese@my.easternct.edu to participate. This research is supervised by Lyndsey Lanagan-Leitzel.

  • 2 credits (30 - 60 minutes)
    The purpose of this study is to examine how peppermint and rosemary odors affect your ability to recall and recognize a list of words. You will be asked to study a list of terms and attempt to recall them and then recognize them from a word bank while exposed to peppermint scent and no odor, or rosemary scent and no odor. You will then be called back to repeat the vocabulary tests two days later to examine your long-term retention.

    THIS STUDY IS NOT RECRUITING ANY MORE PARTICIPANTS FOR THE SPRING 2022 SEMESTER. DATA COLLECTION WILL RESUME IN SEPTEMBER 2022. DO NOT CONTACT THE RESEARCHER UNTIL THEN.

    This study takes place in Goddard 114 (enter through Goddard lobby). Email Emily Pollard at pollardem@my.easternct.edu to participate. This research is supervised by Lyndsey Lanagan-Leitzel.

Research Methods II Studies

  • The Methods II studies have stopped collecting data for the Spring 2022 semester. More will be here in the Fall!