The Department of Psychology are looking for students to take part in a research study looking at presentation skills. Sign up to help our research and develop a key skill.
Email Dr Mel McKendrick to sign up or find out more: M.McKendrick@hw.ac.uk
PROJECT TITLE: Investigation of the effect of exposure and cognitive restructuring
in social perception in a speech task context.
You are being asked to take part in a research study to validate the
preliminary stages of a new training paradigm for social anxiety. The
research is being conducted by Dr Mel McKendrick in collaboration with
Prof Chris VcVittie (Queen Margaret University
and Professor Andy McKinley (Edinburgh university). The project has
been approved by the School of Social Sciences Ethics Committee at
WHAT WILL HAPPEN
In this study, you will be randomly assigned to the experimental group
or the control group. You will first be asked to complete a series of
online personality and mood questionnaires via Qualtrics survey
platform. You will then be asked to attend a lab session
Heriot-Watt University along with a group of another 5 students. Here
each of you will be asked to deliver a series of three 3-minute speeches
based on an academic topic of your choice. When not presenting a
speech, you will be asked to participate in the
audience to evaluate the performance of the other students in the
group. Between speeches you will be asked to participate in some short
exercises/ratings procedures. All performances will be video and audio
recorded for the purposes of analysis but videos
will not be shared publicly by the researcher. Your video will be made
available for you to view during or after the session depending on which
group you are allocated to, but only anonymised written results will be
AIM OF THE PROJECT
The aim of the study is to investigate the effect of exposure and
cognitive restructuring in social perception in a speech task context.
This is the first of a series of studies that we ultimately hope to
result in a new training paradigm for social anxiety.
The lab session typically takes 2 hours with a further 30 minutes time commitment for pre-study questionnaires.
You may decide to stop being a part of the research study at any time
without explanation. You have the right to ask that any data you have
supplied to that point be withdrawn. You have the right to omit or
refuse to answer or respond to any question that is
asked of you.
BENEFITS AND RISKS
There are no known benefits or risks for you in this study but it is
possible that participation in either group may by enabling you to have
some practice in public speaking, benefit you in future presentations.
COST, REIMBURSEMENT AND COMPENSATION
Your participation in this study is voluntary; there is no compensation for your participation in this study.
In compliance with the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information
Act, the data we collect will not maintain any personally identifiable
information about you. No one will link the data you provide to any
identifying information you may supply. Additionally,
it might be used for research outputs such as articles and conference
presentations, but video/audio recordings will not be shared publicly by
the research team but only anonymised written results will be
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Mel McKendrick will be glad to answer your questions about this study
and provide additional information on results if requested. You may
contact her at [M.McKendrick@hw.ac.uk] or [0131 451 3200].