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Cognitive Psychology

1901: Research support for Cognitive behavioural experiment/ EEG/ TMS research
The main duties will include helping setting up the experiment in Eprime and collecting EEG data or analysisng EEG data. Training on net application, Eprime will be provided and EEG analysis will be provided. Ideal candidate would have confidence in handling large data set and inclination for understanding brain processes.

Student level: Open to 3rd year undergraduates or MSc students 
Duration: Negotiable
Start date: Anytime
Responsible researcher: Dr Sanjay Kumar,  skumar@brookes.ac.uk


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Developmental Psychology

1902: Babies’ Language Development
This research project investigates early language development in babies. Working on this project will involve: recruitment of participants, guided experiment design and implementation, running experiments, codification of the data obtained from experiments, guided result analysis. You will be fully trained in using the eye tracker, administering the experiment, and in the necessary data analysis techniques.

Student level: Open to undergraduate or MSc students 
Duration: 1 to 6 months 
Start date: TBC 
Responsible researcher: Dr. Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez,    ngonzalez-gomez@brookes.ac.uk
Website:  http://psych.brookes.ac.uk/babylab/

1903: Moral psychology in children and adults: laboratory and internet data collection  
This project is looking into children's developing sense of right and wrong. Part of this study may involve the development of an innovative new method: taking advantage of children's presence on the internet (for example on Minecraft servers) to enable remote collection of behavioural data. A student  could potentially help with data collection in the lab or on-line.

Student level: Open to undergraduate or MSc students 
Duration: 1 to 6 months 
Start date: TBC 
Responsible researcher: Dr. Ben Kenward,    bkenward@brookes.ac.uk

1904 Spelling and writing in children with and without developmental dyslexia
This project investigates how children with dyslexia differ from typically-developing children regarding spelling ability and writing speed. The main duties will include contacting schools to invite them to participate, assist with data collection, selecting experimental materials and/or analysing measures of the process and product of writing. You will gain knowledge of cutting-edge methodologies used in the study of writing production and experience working with children for research purposes. Degree of involvement in some tasks may be commensurate with previous experience. A DBS certificate may be required to participate in data collection.

Student level: Open to undergraduates or MSc students
Duration: Negotiable
Start date: Negotiable; offered during academic term only
Responsible researcher: Dr Olivia Afonso, afonso.o@brookes.ac.uk

More information: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/psychology/research/groups/developmental-psychology/writing-research-group/

1905 Writing in English as an additional language
In this project the writing performance of adult learners of English as an additional language will be assessed to determine how the characteristics of the first language influence our acquisition of a new orthography. Research experience in this project may include recruiting participants, assisting with data collection or selecting experimental materials and/or analysing measures of the process and product of writing. You will learn novel techniques for the analysis of writing responses and will become familiar with theoretical perspectives and experimental methods used in psycholinguistics. Degree of involvement in some tasks may be commensurate with previous experience.

Student level: Open to undergraduates or MSc students
Duration: Negotiable
Start date: Negotiable
Responsible researcher: Dr Olivia Afonso, afonso.o@brookes.ac.uk

More information: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/psychology/research/groups/developmental-psychology/writing-research-group/

1906 Analysing children's writing using CBM-W

As part of a longitudinal study, children from three primary schools completed a battery of writing assessments in school to assess the development of writing over the course of an academic year. Students will help with transcribing the children's handwritten short stories (collected at three time points) and then analysing the stories using fluency and accuracy criteria taken from the Curriculum Based Measures in Writing assessment tool. This assessment tool is used for tracking small changes in children's writing and the indices produced correlate strongly with more conventional writing assessment indices such as compositional quality. The ideal candidate should have be a fluent English speaker, have great attention to detail, be familiar with confidentiality of research data and not be afraid to ask questions (sometimes we all have no idea what word the child was trying to write!).

Student level:  Any
Duration : 2 months+
Start date:  Anytime
Responsible Researcher : Kirsty Walter ( kwalter@brookes.ac.uk )

1907 Data entry for UK Standardisation of the IDS-2

Sixty test administrators are currently collecting data from children and teens around the UK with the Intelligence and Developmental Scales (IDS-2), a comprehensive test measuring cognitive, motor and social ability as well as skills in literacy and numeracy. Students will help entering the data collected onto a large database. The ideal candidate will be attentive to detail and familiar with both Excel and confidentiality of research data.

Student level: Open to 3 rd year undergraduate or MSc students
Duration: 1 to 6 months
Start date: Anytime
Responsible researcher: Prof Anna Barnett
Contact: Dr Serena Vanzan - serena.vanzan@brookes.ac.uk

1908: Infant Feeding Network
This project aims to contribute to the Infant Feeding Network (IFN). Working on this project involves providing lay summaries of recent research studies, which will be published on the IFN web page monthly. Students will have the opportunity to find out more about Paediatric Psychology as well as articles structure and research methods in this field.

Student level: Open to undergraduate or MSc students 
Duration: 1- 6 months
Start date: TBC
Responsible researcher: Dr Cristina Costantini,  ccostantini@brookes.ac.uk

1909: Video observations analysis
This project aims to contribute to the analysis of videos recorded during infant feeding sessions. Working on this project involves watching and analysing videos using a specific coding system; students will be trained prior to the start of the analysis. Students will have the opportunity to learn about observational analysis as well as research methods and research around infant feeding.

Student level: UG/MSc students 
Duration: 1- 6 months
Start date: TBC
Responsible researcher: Dr Cristina Costantini, email:  ccostantini@brookes.ac.uk


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