We have many projects on the go that simply need someone to do data collection, or a literature search, etc. We are always looking for student volunteers to work in our labs on specific projects.
The benefit to us is that we get some more things done! But the benefits to the student include experience working in a lab, getting to know us better so we can write you references in the future, and generally trying out research as a thing you might like to do more of in the future (as a Masters by Research student or even a PhD student), with us or elsewhere.
There is a Facebook group for RA volunteers at Leeds Beckett run by the students, as a place to coordinate activity, help each other out and more.
Current projects: Andrew
Scheduling sessions, etc can be arranged to suit your own timetable. I would train you on the experimental task and the basics of the data analysis and research question. You would generally be responsible for recruiting participants via Sona, collecting the data and analysing using custom software.
To become involved, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Handwriting: I would like to collect handwriting data from people using a digitising tablet. This project would involve running 30 minute sessions in the lab with at least 30 people (more as time allows!). They would see letters on a computer screen and be asked to write these letters on the tablet with both their preferred and non-preferred hands.
Perceiving coordinated rhythmic movements: This is a pilot project in which I am assessing people’s ability to judge how coordinated two moving targets are under conditions where that motion has been perturbed. Data collection takes less than 15 minutes in the lab; data is then entered into Excel to categorise people as being sensitive or not sensitive to the perturbation. The goal is to a) get a sense of the proportion of people who are affected by the perturbation and b) to invite them back later to measure whether this sensitivity affects their ability to produce coordinated movements.
Keep checking back, more projects will be added as they come up!