Develop your presentation skills through psychology research

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.

INVITATION
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 Heriot-Watt University.

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 published.

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.

TIME COMMITMENT
The lab session typically takes 2 hours with a further 30 minutes time commitment for pre-study questionnaires.

PARTICIPANTS’ RIGHTS
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 You have the right to ask that any data you have supplied to that point be withdrawn.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.

CONFIDENTIALITY/ANONYMITY
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 published.

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].