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Anxiety Research

The Relationship Between Locus of Control, Life Satisfaction, Emotional Intelligence and Social Support with Anxiety.

I am a Masters student at the University of Salford, Manchester studying MSc Applied psychology (therapies). I am currently writing my final year project and am looking to recruit participants for my study. I am investigating the relationship between Locus of Control, Emotional Intelligence, Social Support and Life Satisfaction with Anxiety. I am interested in understanding whether any of these factors share a link and to what degree one factor can predict the other.

Some key terms are:

  • Locus of control- This is usually defined as the way an individual thinks, there are two types of locus of control; one is external and the other is internal. An individual with an internal locus of control believes that he/she can influence the outcome of events whilst an individual with an external locus of control blames outside forces (Strickland, 2016).
  • Life Satisfaction – This is defined as one’s evaluation of life as a whole rather than feelings and emotions that are experienced in the moment (Feldman, 2008).
  • Emotional Intelligence- This can be defined as “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express ones emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically” (Druksat, Mount & Dala, 2013).
  • Social Support- This refers to ‘the various types of support (i.e. assistance/help) that people receive from others (Schaffer, 2009).
  • Anxiety- This is the subjectively unpleasant feeling of future events and feelings of dread over anticipated scenarios (Baumeister, Vohs, Aaker & Garbinsky, 2013).

The study will consist of answering a set of questionnaires online- there will be a questionnaire for each variable mentioned above. If you would like to take part in the study, you will find my email address at the bottom of this brief. You can get in contact with me by emailing me mentioning you are interested in taking part in the study. I will then email you back an information sheet which provides some in depth information about the research I am conducting. As advised on the participant information sheet, please take a minimum of 24 hours to decide whether you would like to take part. If you would like to continue you can email me saying you have read the information sheet and I will then send you an online link, this will direct you to the questionnaires. It should take no longer than 20 minutes approximately to complete the questionnaires. All questionnaires will be anonymous and a number will be allocated to you in case you want to withdraw your questionnaire in the future.

There are no specific requirements for my study, everyone is welcome to take part except that you are aged 18 or over. If you would like to take part in the study and would like further information or have any queries regarding the research, please do not hesitate to contact me on the email address below:

Aisha Azmi

a.azmi@edu.salford.ac.uk

Measuring brain responses and its relation to fear of heights in virtual reality.

We are looking for volunteers with fear of heights to take a part in the study about brain response to virtual reality.

You will experience the use of cutting edge virtual reality technology to stimulate your senses and measure how your mind and body respond while walking on the virtual plank and looking down into the virtual pit room. During the simulation we will measure your brain activity and psychophysiological response (heart rate and electrodermal activity) using noninvasive wireless monitoring devices. The experiment involves a simple walking task within virtual reality. You will be asked to attend 3 sessions in 3 consecutive days – the first session will last about 1 hour, and two others about 30 minutes. This study investigates the effect of learning and desensitization in virtual reality, therefore we will attempt to decrease your fear of heights using the novel immersive technology. Prior to the experimental session your fear of heights will be assessed using a questionnaire.

Participating in this study does not generate any noticeable risks or disadvantages, and there is no radiation involved in this research. After the experiment you might feel that your fear of heights has declined.

This study will help to develop improved sensitive virtual reality and neurofeedback technology to deliver a treatment for a range of anxiety disorders in the future. Moreover, it will help to increase the understanding of the role of brain response in virtual reality exposure therapy for specific phobias, anxiety disorders and PTSD.

We are inviting anyone who has fear of heights, who is 18+, lives in Greater Manchester, does not suffer epilepsy, and does not have excessively thick or curly hair.
You will be reimbursed for reasonable traveling expenses.

The study has been approved by the University of Salford Ethics Committee

Further information and contact details:
Aleksandra Landowska
University of Salford, School of Health and Social Sciences, Allerton Building , Room L703
A.Landowska@edu.salford.ac.uk