The School of Psychology has a strong and continually expanding research focus, with a range of internationally recognised research projects funded by national and international competitive grant bodies. Some of these research projects involve PhD students, Clinical/Health Masters and Professional Doctorate, honours and fourth year psychology students who undertake research projects under close supervision from staff.
Research carried out by staff and students in the School recruit from a variety of participant populations (e.g., university students, the general public, populations with specific social demographics or history of health/mental health conditions). To enable this, the School of Psychology operates the SONA experimental management system, which provides a list of all current research projects and enables individuals to sign-up to participate in the studies of their choice.
To participate in research, you can access the SONA system by clicking either the '1st Year Psychology Research Awareness Exercise' or 'Psychology Volunteer Register' link below. Information about participation in the School of Psychology research projects undertaken outside the SONA system can be accessed by clicking on the 'Research Projects' link on the sidebar.
As a part of 1st Year Psychology, all students participate in the Research Awareness Exercise. For students wishing to be a research participant, the above link will direct you to the available studies offering course credit on SONA. This enables students to familiarise themselves with psychology research. To view the studies available to 1st Year Psychology students, click the '1st Year Psychology Research Awareness Exercise' link above.
The School of Psychology also operates a Volunteer Register. This enables individuals from the general public and the broad university student and staff population to participate in research projects carried out by staff and research students in the School. To view the studies available on the Psychology Volunteer Register, click the 'Psychology Volunteer Register' link above.
Want to Access SONA Directly?
If you want to access the SONA system directly, click here You will need to be either a 1st Year Research Awareness Exercise student or a Psychology Volunteer Register participant (see above for more information).
SONA Resources for Researchers
Researchers who wish to recruit from the Participant Pool should read the Overview and Research Participation sections of the Research Awareness Exercises Guide. Researchers should consult the Researcher SONA Lab Study Documentation for details about how to run a Lab-based study in SONA, or the Researcher SONA Online Study Documentation for details about how to run an online study in SONA.