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The aim of the INTERSTAARS study is to find out whether a new computer-based training programme can help to improve attention skills in babies who have a family member with ADHD. The INTERSTAARS study involves four visits to our Babylab in London, and home- based visits from our research team. The study is a randomised controlled trial, meaning that some babies in the study will receive the attention training, and some babies will not. We can then test the effects of the training by comparing attention skills in babies who do and do not receive the training. If you have a baby under 14 months old, and their parent or older sibling has diagnosed ADHD or hyperactive characteristics, please feel free to contact us for more information.
Single-session combination treatment for panic disorder
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is an effective talking treatment for anxiety disorders, but courses are long and difficult to access. However, we have recently shown that even a single session of CBT already has an effect on anxiety. On the other hand, research has shown that a simple blood pressure medication called losartan can improve cognition and memory.
In this study, we would like to test whether combining a single-session of CBT with losartan can improve effects on anxiety, and what the underlying brain mechanisms of such an enhancement effect are. It is hoped that the knowledge gained from this study will contribute to the improvement of treatment for people who experience distressing panic attacks and anxiety disorders.
An online study into understanding worry
The study is designed to help us understand why some people find it difficult to stop thinking repeatedly about negative topics. We are looking for people who frequently worry about a range of topics to take part in an online research study which involves completing 3 weeks of online sessions at home and pays £130 in vouchers.
Lithium vs Quetiapine for Depression (LQD Study)
We aim to compare the effectiveness of quetiapine and lithium in people with treatment resistant depression.
The study is aimed at people who are struggling with depression, who are currently taking antidepressants that don't seem to be working for them.
After checking for eligibility, participants will be randomised to quetiapine or lithium, which they will take alongside their current antidepressant for as long as is right for them. The study would want to follow participants up for 12 months, and there will be 4 or 5 meetings throughout the year with the researcher to assess how things are going.
Can brief mental exercises change the way the brain processes certain kinds of information?
In this study, we investigate the effects that different brief mental exercises can have on the way the brain processes certain kinds of information.
In order to do so, we will assign each participant in the study a set of brief mental exercises and ask them to carry these out each evening over the course of seven days. After a participant has completed their exercises for seven days, we will then test their performance on a number of computerized psychological tests that measure their reactions to different stimuli.
We hope that the results of this study will help us and other researchers to better understand the psychological effects of specific mental exercises, and how these treatments might be employed to help those with mental illness.
There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that inflammation of the brain and central nervous system is linked to multiple mental health issues, including major depressive disorder (MDD). The purpose of this study is to see if adding a course of anti-inflammatory medication (minocycline) or a placebo (sugar pill) alongside a current course of antidepressant treatment (SSRI medications) can help to reduce depressive symptoms in MDD that has not responded treatment with antidepressants alone.
BIODEP (The Biomarkers in Depression Study)
The Biomarkers in Depression Study (BIODEP) involves volunteers both with and without depression. The aim of the study is to find biomarkers for depression.
In the study, we will be collecting blood and saliva samples. These will be analysed to look for genetic biomarkers, as well as other measures of the body’s immune system, such as C-reactive protein (CRP). We will also look at magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain to see if there are differences between people with more or less inflammation in the body.
Some people will go on to have further brain imaging - a positron emission topography (PET) scan. Some people will opt to come in for Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) sampling. This will give critical information about the effect of inflammation on the brain.
The co-development of sensory reactivity and mental health symptoms in autistic children
Many autistic children perceive the sensory world around us differently. Some autistic children for example are overwhelmed by sounds. This can make everyday situations challenging. Being overly sensitive has also been linked to anxiety. This project will explore if sensory reactivity can predict later anxiety and related mental health symptoms.
To do so we will follow autistic children for two years, starting at age four. We will ask caregivers questions about their child’s anxiety level and how their child reacts to the sensory world around them. We will also observe children’s reactions towards sensory stimuli directly, such as different sounds. Understanding sensory processing and the relationship to anxiety better will help us to understand autistic children and their needs better.
Studying Autism and ADHD Risks (STAARS)
STAARS is part of the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS), a UK-wide network of researchers. Our aim is to learn more about the early development of baby brothers and sisters of children with autism and/or ADHD. We hope our studies will in the long-term help to improve diagnosis of children with autism and ADHD and make it possible to design earlier and more effective interventions.
Infant participants visit our Babylab in London to complete short screen-based tasks such as watching faces or colourful animations and take part in interactive play sessions. If you are pregnant, or have a baby between 0 - 10 months AND have an older child who has been diagnosed with autism and/or ADHD, please contact us for more information.
Effects of dopamine on decision-making in depression
We are recruiting healthy, depressed, recovered and people with first-degree relatives with depression.
The study involves three sessions. The first session takes 1-2 hours, we will do some interviews and questionnaires asking you about your mood, past experience of mental health and family history. The second and third sessions have the same structure: you will drink a drink containing either placebo/LDOPA, then you will wait one hour, we will take a blood sample and you will complete some computer games.
Please email if you have any questions, we will be happy to answer them.
We need volunteers to take part in a study looking at decision making. Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires, interviews, play computerized games and have a brain scan. Knowing the causes and consequences of changes in decision making will ultimately help us discover how these differ in psychiatric disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). You will receive £60-£80 as compensation.
Tackling inequalities and discrimination experiences in health services
The Tackling Inequalities and Discrimination Experiences in health Services (TIDES) survey will investigate how discrimination experienced by both patients and healthcare practitioners may generate and perpetuate inequalities in health service use. As part of this, the TIDES team is currently conducting a survey which aims to understand how discrimination witnessed and experienced by healthcare practitioners is related to job satisfaction and mental well-being, and how this may contribute to inequalities in health service use. The results of this study will aid future policies and improvements to health services that will help both healthcare practitioners and people in the community.
Parents' experiences of trauma
The current online study is aiming to understand how trauma exposure and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) symptoms may impact on parenting behaviour and the family dynamic.
The study requires you to be a parent, and to have experienced a traumatic event (more than four weeks ago), in which you felt your own life was in danger, or the life of someone else was in danger.
The survey will ask for your name, but this is to ensure you are not a robot. If you complete the survey, your name will immediately be replaced by an ID number, ensuring your anonymity. If you are uncomfortable writing your full name, first name only or initials are fine.
The ultimate goal is to help provide more tailored support to parents and their families following trauma. Thank you in advance for your help!
Genetics of childhood onset psychosis
We are trying to understand the genetic causes of schizophrenia-like illnesses that onset before the age of 14. We interview the family members and collect saliva for DNA from the affected child/adult and parents if possible. We also talk to the treating psychiatrist and take copies of medical records.
Shifting brain excitation/inhibition balance in autism spectrum
Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) has highly diverse clinical presentations but also diverse possible biological causes. Research suggests that both core and co-occurring conditions might be partially due to an imbalance in two key brain molecules, glutamate and GABA.
In this project we will measure the brain response before and after a single dose of a drug that acts in the GABA part of this system. We will use safe neuroimaging brain scans and also ask participants to perform simple tasks out of the scanner whilst recording their brain activity using a cap with sensors.
We will ask the participants to come for 3 visits to King's College, Denmark Hill campus, London.
Research indicates that several forms of psychological therapy are effective for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but it is unclear how they should be best delivered. You are invited to participate in a study comparing two different types of internet-delivered therapy for PTSD. Both therapies involve working through a therapy programme online, with guidance from a therapist via secure messaging and telephone calls, for three months. A total of 175 patients for whom the treatment is suitable will be taking part in the study.
National centre for mental health
We are investigating the factors that may lead to the development of mental health problems, from genetics and biology to psychological and environmental factors.
Taking part is easy: it involves completing an online survey which asks about your contact details and some personal information, like your ethnicity and date of birth. There are also questions about your mental and physical health, as well as your lifestyle. It should take around 10-15 minutes to complete and all the information you provide is confidential.
Depending on the information you provide, for example, where you live or the diagnoses you’ve received, we may contact you about arranging a one-to-one interview with one of our researchers to help us collect more detailed information about your experiences.
Group identification and sleep quality
This online study explores the relationship between social group memberships and sleep quality. Participants will answer questions about the extent of their sense of belonging to their social groups, their sleep quality, and their mental and physical health.
Ebselen as an add-on treatment in hypo/mania
Lithium is an effective prophylactic drug for patients with bipolar disorder. However, it is not well tolerated, requires regular monitoring & has a narrow therapeutic index. Identifying a drug that has the same action but is better tolerated & safer would be advantageous. Lithium has a number of possible therapeutic targets but there is good evidence that lithium's inhibition of inositol monophosphatase (IMPase) is a key mechanism in its effects. In this study we propose to test ebselen, as a potential lithium-mimetic through its ability to inhibit IMPase. Ebselen has been shown in both animal and humans to lower inositol levels. The present study of ebselen is an 'add-on' treatment in patients with hypo/mania. 60 patients will be randomised to ebselen or matching placebo for 3 weeks.
Aligning Dimensions of Interoceptive Experience (ADIE) to prevent anxiety in autism
Interoception is the ability to sense internal changes in the body such as heart rate. Some of our recent work has shown anxiety can be increased if there is a discrepancy between how well patients feel they can interpret bodily signals, such as their heartbeat, and how well they are actually able to do this. We have found that helping people to be more aware of their ability, and to increase their ability to interpret signals from the body helps reduce and may prevent anxiety symptoms. We will compare a new treatment, Aligning Dimensions of Interoceptive Experience (ADIE), against the current treatment in individuals with ASC (autism spectrum conditions). In a subset of participants we will use state of the art neuroimaging to investigate the brains physiological response to ADIE therapy.
Brain inflammation study
About one third of patients with depression do not benefit from current treatments and they often have increased levels of peripheral inflammatory biomarkers. To identify new therapeutic targets, it is crucial to investigate the inflammatory system role in the pathogenesis of depression. A possible mechanism may be the association between peripheral inflammation and inflammation in the brain. This study investigates whether increased peripheral immune activation due to administration of peripheral immune challenge, interferon-alpha 2a, can cause temporary immune activation in the brain of healthy volunteers. So, peripheral (blood samples) and central (PET imaging) inflammation measures will be collected before and after interferon-alpha administration, in 5 healthy participants attending 3 visits.
After having checked participants' health status on the first visit, we will inject a substance that has been safely used for many years in research studies to study inflammation in people. This will cause a temporary inflammation in the body which will last only few hours. We will take some pictures of the brain (using MRI and PET) before and after this injection and take small samples of blood to understand if inflammation in the body is associated with inflammation in the brain. Participants will also be asked a few questions regarding their well-being, mood, and their quality of life. This will involve an interview with a psychology/psychiatry trained researcher, filling in a few simple questionnaires.
The effect of SSRIs on threat of shock potentiated neural circuitry
14 - 21 day treatment (depending on your availability) with the antidepressant Escitalopram or Placebo tablet.
The study involves three sessions:
- Session 1 – This is an eligibility check session. We conduct a series of interviews that discuss your mood, experiences that you may or may not have had as well as some drug and alcohol use. We also do an ECG in this session to check that your heart is fine.
- Session 2 – You will do some behavioural tasks 2 out of the scanner and 3 in the MRI scanner. Two of these tasks will involve threat of shock, where you will be given random electric shocks. These shocks are uncomfortable but NOT painful. After this session you will be given the medication which will either be the drug or placebo, you will then go away for 14-21 days (depending on your availability and take the medication once a day.
- Session 3 – After the 14-21 days you will come back in and do the exact same session as session 2.
Healing the Wounds: Exploring the views of support needs of caregivers for young people who self-harm
Deliberate self-harm (DSH) among young people is becoming an increasingly concerning public health problem. DSH among young people is progressively concerning in the Western world, becoming the focal point of many policies and professional practice. It can have rippling effects on the family, especially parents and carers. Parents often describe feeling of anxiousness, guilt, frustration, isolation expressing a lack of confidence in themselves and services. More research is needed to explore the needs of parents and carers in the community as thus far, research pertaining to support for caregivers of young people who self-harm is scarce. Yet, this is vital to better understand the needs and wants of families to provide recommendations for future interventions.
Gut Hormone in Addiction Study
The Gut Hormone in Addiction () Study is investigating if certain hormones from the stomach and intestine have the potential to prevent relapse in alcohol dependence. We are examining their effects on addictive and eating behaviours, using brain scanning. We are recruiting people who have recently given up drinking alcohol (and others who are overweight or ex-smokers). We will investigate the effects of these hormones by their infusion into a vein in the arm while people undergo an MRI scan and do some simple computer tasks. They will also complete some questionnaires and have blood taken. These hormones have been used in many medical research studies before and are safe. The study involves a screening visit and 3 study visits at Hammersmith Hospital, London W12 over 2 months.
Jumping to conclusions
This study aims to explore the interactions between daytime preferences (do you like to wake early and go to bed early or do you prefer to sleep late and go to bed late), sleep quality, mood, feelings and experiences and decision making. During this survey you will be invited to complete a number of questionnaires that assess your sleep patterns, quality of sleep, moods, feelings and experiences. You will also be asked to complete a simple decision making task. We aim to include up to 500 participants in this study.
Parents of 2-year-olds needed to test an online questionnaire
Parents of two-year-old children are needed to help test a new online questionnaire. Questions ask parents about their child's behaviour and development, as well as their own experiences and wellbeing as a parent. At the end there are three short games for parents to play with their child online. Participants complete the questionnaire anonymously, online in their own time, and can enter our prize draw to win a £100 Mothercare and Early Learning Centre gift voucher.
This is a pilot study that is part of a larger longitudinal research project. The project aim is to understand the ways in which common mental health problems run in families - including the roles that parents play during the development of child mental health; and the impact of parenthood on adult mental health.
Moral Experiences in Everyday Life
This is a study about what young people consider to be 'good/right'and 'bad/wrong' in their daily lives. We are also interested in how these situations make young people feel.
You will receive mobile texts for 5 days with questions about your personality and emotions (Day 1) and good or bad everyday experiences (Days 2-5). Each survey takes less than 5 min!
As a thank you for taking part, you will receive a Amazon book voucher at the end of the last survey. Participants generally find it interesting to reflect on their personal experiences. The study also gives you the chance to learn about and contribute to psychological research.
Effects of Cannabidiol on mind and brain
We will be looking at the effects of cannabidiol on various aspects of mind and brain in healthy participants. We are looking for participants to come to Hammersmith Hospital for two 7-hour sessions. Participation will involve fMRI brain scanning with the opportunity to take home scans of your brain! There will also be some computer and pen-paper tasks.
Grandchildren of People with Alzheimer's Disease: Illness representations and attitudes towards genetic testing
This is a study about how young people experience having a grandparent with Alzheimer's disease. We want to know how you understand your relative's condition and your views on new techniques (e.g., genetic tests) that may one day help diagnose and predict Alzheimer's.
The study is led by the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society Group at the University of Oxford. You will meet with an interviewer from University of Oxford at either the Department of Psychiatry or a central Oxford college. The interview will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.
Resilience to Suicidal Thoughts and behaviours in people with psychosis (ReST)
Many people experiencing mental health problems may also have suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Some are able to cope with suicidal thoughts and behaviours. We want to find out if resilience can reduce these feelings.
If you have a GP and/or are under the care of mental health services for problems with:
- schizophrenia/non-affective psychosis, and
- have had suicidal thoughts or behaviours, the project may be of interest to you.
You will be asked questions about your mental health and to fill out some questionnaires about your thoughts and feelings at the beginning of the study and 3 months later. A meeting will be arranged at a time and place convenient for you or over the phone.
We are grateful of your time. A compensation will be offered at the end of each assessment point.
Sleep, Wake and Light therapy for depression
The aim of this study is to determine if altering the pattern of one's sleep and having light therapy can speed up the treatment of depression. In the UK, the large majority of patients with depression in the NHS are treated in the community, and one of the major objectives of the study one is to determine if this therapy is a practical treatment in the community.
Determining the value of improvements in symptoms of depression
Investigating maladaptive reward memory processes in young people who binge eat
Some people occasionally binge on large volumes of food and feel that they lose control over their eating. Such bingeing can cause negative thoughts, have unintended health consequences, and can also lead to more serious eating disorders such as Binge Eating Disorder. We wish to understand why some people experience this issue and whether we can develop better ways to help people reduce or manage bingeing. The latest research in psychology and neuroscience suggests that the way people learn about the rewarding aspects of food is an important factor in binge eating. Some people, for instance, find that certain "trigger foods" tend to cause bingeing. We wish to test this theory directly and assess whether trying to change unhelpful responses to foods might affect bingeing behaviours.
Experiences of being a father
We are looking for men who are currently expecting their first child or who have had their first baby within the last 12 months and are interested in participating in research concerning the experience of being a father.
Remote Assessment of Depression and Relapse - Major Depressive Disorder (RADAR-MDD)
RADAR-MDD aims to use wearable technology, such as smartphone sensors and fitness trackers, to measure symptoms of major depressive disorder and predict future relapse. We are recruiting people who have recently experienced depression to participate. Participants will be given a FitBit and asked to download some apps onto their smartphone: some apps will be used to collect information from sensors which are already in most modern smarpthone; other apps will be used for participants to answer questionnaires about their mood and social environment, or complete some cognitive tasks. For a maximum of 2-years, this data will provide insight into changes in physical activity, sleep, stress, mood, sociability, speech and cognitive function, which may be associated with future depressive relapse.
Measuring self-identity in pre-teens, teens and young adults
Self-concept is an integral part of our self-identity and what makes us different to other people. This study is all about how we think about ourselves as individuals but also in relation to groups. Participants will need to fill some questionnaires and complete one computer task.
Cognitive Remediation in Bipolar Disorder (CRiB trial)
We are investigating a new psychological therapy, called Cognitive Remediation Therapy. Our aim is to assess whether cognitive remediation can improve thinking skills and general functioning in people with bipolar disorder.
After we have verified your eligibility to take part, we would ask you to come in for 3 assessments in total (over a 6-month period), which will include a variety of tasks and questionnaires. You may also be randomly allocated to receive cognitive remediation therapy, which includes training sessions with a therapist 2 or 3 times per week for 12 weeks in South London.
We Can is an internet-based skills training programme developed for carers of people with anorexia by experts in the treatment of eating disorders together with a carer and a former patient. We Can teaches carers skills to help them support the person with anorexia they care for and it also addresses carers’ own needs. The intervention is based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy. The intervention comprises of eight interactive modules to be used with clinician or peer support. These modules are delivered through a website.
Participants will be allocated by chance to one of three conditions. In these conditions, carers complete We Can either with support from a forum, with individual support by email from a therapist, or with group chat support.
Brain Imaging in Babies Study (BIBS)
The Brain Imaging in Babies study (BIBS) aims to improve understanding of how a baby's brain develops from before birth up until 3-4 years of age. We are also interested in better understanding brain development in babies who have a family history of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
A novel brain-based therapy for ADHD children using non-invasive transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) combined with cognitive training
Boys (aged between 10 and 18-years) with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will be trained over several sessions to improve their attention and self-control skills with a computer game and at the same time they will receive brain stimulation using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). tDCS consists of a very small electrical current which will be placed over a frontal part of your brain to boost the learning effect in the computer game by giving your brain an extra “push”. tDCS has been around for more than 20 years, it is completely safe, has no side effects and is used in many other patient groups. This study will help the development of a new treatment for ADHD that is not reliant on pharmacological medication.
Observational learning of value
We are currently recruiting autistic adults who are able to come to the university to take part in a study exploring individual differences in the economic choices of participants and others. Taking part will involve three computer-based tasks (two economic decision-making tasks, and one block of personality questionnaires), and will take around 45 minutes.
fMRI Neurofeedback as a novel neurotherapy for children with ADHD
10 to 18 year old boys with ADHD will be trained over several sessions to enhance their brain activity in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner by playing on a computer game with their brain activity. By seeing their brain activity directly they will be able to learn to change it. This is called Neurofeedback. Our previous pilot study showed that Neurofeedback improved all the behavioural problems ADHD children have and the attention skills as measured in attention tests. We also found that the positive effects were still observed and even better 11 months after the study and that there were no side effects of any kind. This study will be much larger and we plan to find the same positive effects. This study will help to develop a new treatment for ADHD that is not using medication.
The STRATIFY study is a major brain imaging project that aims to investigate the relationship between brain and behaviour. The study involves questionnaires in the comfort of your home and visiting King's College London to complete some tasks, questionnaires, and provide a blood and urine sample followed by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
The Development of Social Learning
We are interested in exploring whether improving learning about social information might be beneficial to young people and how does this relates to their well-being. Participants will be asked to complete some computer tasks on reasoning and social cognition, and questionnaires relating to well-being. Participants will then be randomly assigned to one of the two training group and complete an online training on for 14 days. The training lasts for at least 10 minutes per day. Once training is complete, participants will be asked to complete the same computer tasks and questionnaires again, followed with a follow up questionnaire 1 month later.
Personality and Living of University Students (PLUS)
We are seeking university students to participate in PLUS, an online study of personality, lifestyle and mental health. The study will look at whether an online programme designed to help students can improve wellbeing.
Taking part involves filling out online questionnaires and completing a series of online sessions. You’ll receive feedback on your questionnaire responses, allowing you to learn more about yourself and your strengths and weaknesses.
Mission AD is a clinical trial for people with a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or Early Alzheimer's disease (AD) and lasts for two years. This trial is testing a new medication that may help to reduce the formation of a protein called beta-amyloid and could hopefully slow down or halt the progression of memory loss. Patients and their study partners would be required to visit the Memory Assessment and Research Centre (MARC) at Moorgreen Hospital, Southampton regularly for memory and safety assessments. If you have a diagnosis of MCI or Mild AD, have someone who is willing to be a study partner and you are interested in participating in this study please contact us.
Targeting top-down and bottom-up processing in Eating Disorders using computerized training approaches: A multimodal outcome study
I’m interested in exploring new ways of targeting the experience of loss of control over eating in bulimia and binge eating disorder, and looking at potential mechanisms that might be involved in maintaining disordered eating. My research will thus involve testing a new computer-based intervention, which we hope will help tackle these experiences, as well as measuring brain mechanisms using the non-invasive EEG technique.
EFFIP (E-support for Families and Friends of Individuals affected by Psychosis): A randomised controlled trial of a coproduced online intervention for carers
Psychosis is the most common severe mental illness that affects 1% of the population. Coping with psychosis is often a challenging demand for the individual as well as for everyone close to them, including family members, relatives, partners and close friends (referred to as carers hereafter). The EFFIP (E-support for Families & Friends of Individuals affected by Psychosis) Project team comprising people with lived experience of psychosis, carers and professionals, has developed an online resource, called COPe. COPe provides information, peer support and coping strategies for their caregiving roles and promotes self-care. The current study aims to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of COPe in improving carers' wellbeing and other health related outcomes, compared to the waitlist-control.
Smoking Cessation Experiences - Online Questionnaire
This study will explore the cessation experiences of individuals who live with a mental health condition. Research suggests that individuals who live with a mental health condition may find it more difficult to stop smoking, not through a lack of motivation to quit, but owing to inappropriate provision of support. This may be exacerbating the current health inequality. Currently there is little research asking individuals about their experiences of stopping or attempting to stop smoking; this is vital evidence to inform how best to provide support to individuals who wish to stop smoking.
The short questionnaire asks about your mental health condition and smoking experiences.
Probing the role of the mTORC1 metabolic pathway in learning and memory in healthy humans using a single-dose Sirolimus (rapamycin)
We are looking for males and females aged 18-45 to take part in a study looking at the effect of rapamycin (an immunosuppressant) on the neurochemistry of learning and memory related to eating chocolate. The study involves coming to University College London on three separate occasions and completing an online food diary in the week before and after.
Understanding maladaptive reward memory processes in young people who binge eat
Some people occasionally binge on large volumes of food and feel that they lose control over their eating on these occasions. This can cause negative thoughts and emotions, have unintended health consequences such as weight gain, and can lead to more serious eating disorders like Binge Eating Disorder.
The latest research in psychology and neuroscience suggests that the way people learn about rewards, particularly with regards to food, is an important factor in binge eating. Some people, for instance, find that certain ‘trigger foods’ tend to cause bingeing.
We wish to test this theory directly and assess whether trying to change unhelpful responses to foods might affect bingeing.
Investigating attention patterns in young people with varying levels of anxiety
We know that adolescence is a sensitive time and can result in raised levels of anxiety; for the majority these concerns disappear very quickly, but for a small number of individuals these concerns can negatively impact on their wellbeing and adjustment.
It has been shown that the way individuals focus their attention can contribute to anxiety symptoms. We have developed a new computerised intervention that aims to modify the way that young people focus their automatic attention and are looking for potential participants for a study testing this intervention. We are looking for young people (aged 12-18) who are experiencing high levels of anxiety.
The programme involves completing up to 12 sessions and you will be offered gift vouchers up to £110 as a thank you for your time.
We are looking for people who are experiencing persistent low mood and not taking antidepressants or undergoing psychological therapy, to take part in a study investigating how a new medication affects emotional decision making.
The study involves psychological tasks, one brain scan using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and taking medication for 7 days. You will be asked questions about your medical history to check your suitability for the study.
The SLEEPER trial: the effects of improving sleep on emotion regulation and processing
Do you have trouble sleeping and low mood?
We are looking for adults aged 25-65 to participate in an online study looking into poor sleep (insomnia) and how it affects mood and emotional wellbeing.
The study will require 16 weeks of participation, and you will be compensated for your time.
The consequences of experimental sleep fragmentation on cognitive-emotional processes
At the University of Oxford, we are looking for volunteers between the ages of 18-30, who are good sleepers, to take part in our research. Our aim is to determine how sleep affects cognitive performance and mood.
The study will involve an overnight assessment of sleep and daytime functioning in a sleep laboratory, during which you will be allocated to one night of normal sleep or to one night of sleep fragmentation (partial sleep deprivation).
Integration of recently discharged mental health patients into the community
This study is looking into the self-efficacy of individuals who’ve recently been discharged from hospital into the community, looking at individual experiences of intergration into their wider community.
This study should take no longer than 15 minutes and can be completed online with a phone, tablet or computer.
Investigating the effects of modafinil and cognitive training on cognition and stress
We would like to explore how cognitive training strategies affect certain areas of cognition, particularly concentration and attention, as well as stress.
The effects of Nitrous Oxide Gas on the storage of emotional memories
We are recruiting participants for research looking at the effects of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) on the storage of emotional memories.
Socio-emotional function and comorbidities in anorexia nervosa
This project aims to understand the way in which people with anorexia nervosa (current or past diagnosis) process emotional and social information.
The testing session will involve a variety of computer-based tasks, some of which use eye-tracking - this is a non-intrusive procedure and just involves looking at images and videos on a computer screen. You will also be asked to complete a number of self-report questionnaires, and the researcher will conduct a clinical interview with you. Your height and weight will also be taken (however you will have the option to be blind weighed).
Testing takes place at King's College London, Denmark Hill, London.
We are looking for people who are experiencing persistent low mood despite taking antidepressants, to take part in a study investigating how a new medication affects emotional decision making.
The study involves psychological tasks and taking medication for 7 days. You will be asked questions about your medical history to check your suitability for the study.
Perfectionism and its relationship to psychological distress such as worry, anxiety and depression
As part of this research study, this questionnaire is being distributed in order to collect information about the impact of perfectionism and it's relationship to psychological distress such as worry, anxiety and depression. Overall, you will complete six sets of questions which should take no longer than 25 minutes.
It is anonymous, and all data collected will remain confidential and will only be used for research purposes. If you decide to take part, you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.
Social inclusion and the differences in self-concept between adolescents with visual impairments and sighted children
In most countries, children with visual impairment are able to attend regular schools where they become friends with their sighted classmates. It has been found that the social interactions among adolescents affect the feelings they develop about themselves (self-concept).
In addition, students who have a positive picture of themselves succeed better in their romantic relationships and future working life.
This study explores the importance of feeling included in school on the self-concept of adolescents with visual impairment.Both sighted and students with visual impairments, as well as their parents, are asked to take part in the study in order to compare the social relationships they develop with their teachers and peers.
Alleviating specific phobias experienced by children
A specific phobia is a type of anxiety disorder which causes an overwhelming fear, whatever is causing the fear. 5% - 10% of children have a specific phobia impacting their lives, lasting an average of 20 years.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a successful treatment for phobias, but there are long waiting lists and people often don’t complete all their sessions. A promising alternative, One Session Therapy (OST), utilises graduated exposure to the source of fear. It has been shown to be particularly helpful with alleviating specific phobias. Multi-session CBT is a commonly offered treatment which involves both cognitive and behavioural aspects.
Once recruited, children will be randomly allocated to receive either one session or multi-session CBT based therapy.
Impact of mindfulness on wellbeing
Mindfulness meditation has been found to be helpful for symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. This study wants to find out if doing the same or different mindfulness meditations have a different impact on anxiety, depression and stress, as well as overall wellbeing.
This study is a 2-week online investigation, where participants will be randomly assigned to one of three groups: same meditation, different meditations, or listening to an audiobook. This is to compare the two types of meditation as well as testing whether they are better than a different relaxing activity.
After checking for eligibility, participants will be asked to access an online audio file daily for 2 weeks. They will also be asked to complete questionnaires at 1 week and 2 weeks after starting the study.
Self-harm Research UK
Even though self-harm is common very often people don’t seek any help. As many as half of young people are thought to deal with self-harm alone. Here at SHARE UK we want this to change. We need to learn more so that we can improve things like the support available in hospitals or in schools.
For this we need your help. If we know more about what kind of things would help people in the real world we can come up with new ideas and better support.
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