Take part in research
Contribute to our research by taking part in an experiment
Our academic staff and postgraduate students conduct a wide range of active research programmes into mind and behaviour, within our various research specialisms.
These projects would not be possible without the members of the public who volunteer to take part in the research. Our volunteers gain a useful understanding of how psychology research takes place, and learn some interesting and encouraging facts about themselves and how the human mind works.
How you can take part
If you're a member of the public
We keep a list of volunteers who are invited to come to the department and participate in relevant research studies. It's also sometimes possible to make direct arrangements to participate in certain studies - any current studies that allow people to book directly are listed below. Please note that many research projects are unable to offer direct booking, so to maximise your opportunities to volunteer you should also join the panel.
Make a direct booking
There are currently no studies accepting direct bookings.
Join the volunteer panel
Complete the application form online (first link) or download the PDF version (Adobe Reader required) or Microsoft Word document version to print out and return by post:
If you're a student at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
To book directly to take part in some of our studies:
Student Volunteer Panel (If you are a student participating for Year 1 credit)
Volunteer Research Assistant Programme (for students in Year 3 or Year 4, students will be notified by email when the application process opens)
Ethics and privacy
All research takes place under very strict ethical guidelines. Personal information about our volunteers is treated in strict confidence; no-one except the researcher ever gets to know people’s results from our studies. Our scientific results are always communicated in print in such a form that it is impossible to identify information about any particular individual. Volunteers may withdraw from the research at any time without giving a reason.
The Psychology building is situated at 7 George Square in the centre of Edinburgh.
To join the panel, contact the Volunteer Panel Officer, Psychology, School of Philosophy Psychology and Language Sciences.