Can the contemplation of places change the way we think and feel?
My name is Nasim Choudhri. I work at the University of Liverpool and am currently a clinical psychologist in training. As part of my training, I am undertaking a research project entitled “Can the contemplation of places change the way we think and feel?” The study is online and takes about 20-25 minutes to complete and those completing the study are able to enter themselves into a prize draw to win one of three £50 high street vouchers. If you would like to participate in the study then please visit
Fear of Nature – Experiences Needed
Are you afraid of trees or the forest? Lakes, ponds or oceans? Soil? Do the apparently unthreatening things in nature make you flinch? If so, you are the person I’m looking for.
I’m a Finnish, currently Scotland, St Andrews based artist and I’m making an art piece titled Biophobia for the UNFIX Festival of Performance and Ecology (CCA, Glasgow, 2015). The text material for the piece is based on fears and phobias of seemingly unthreatening natural phenomena: natural bodies of water, forest or trees, and soil. I’m interested in finding out what it feels like to be afraid of those parts of nature, what is the frightening thing in them, what triggers the fear etc. I find that there is sensitivity in the phobic reaction, even though it makes it difficult for the person him/her self to connect with nature. The verbalized fears could help us to see the life in another living thing.
It would benefit the piece and it’s purpose a great deal if I’d have the words and stories of people living in Britain in it. That could bring it closer to the spectators/listeners in Glasgow.
I’m asking now if you would be willing to talk to me / write to me about your fears. Any little detail or short anecdote is helpful, regardless of whether you have merely a dislike or a severe phobia. It can be just one line, a long story, or anything in between. I use all the materials anonymously, I won’t use your voice, picture or name, and it could all be done through email, if you prefer.
You can find the UNFIX Festival website and my own artist’s page here:
On UNFIX Festival page you’ll find info about Biophobia under my name.
I’m happy to give you more information about the project if needed. I would be very grateful if you could share your fears, feelings and experiences.
Nora Rinne, artist
Research into Therapy
We are looking to examine what occurs in therapy and your personal experiences with therapy. We’re asking you to speak about your most recent complete treatment experience, not on-going treatment. Completed treatment experiences also include treatment that ended early. To ensure that we are able to get the most accurate view possible, please answer the questions as honestly and accurately as possible.
Young people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
A research team based at the University of Cambridge are looking for individuals with OCD between the ages of 12 and 19 to participate in a study about how young people with OCD learn, make decisions and control their actions.
You can participate if you:
- are 12 to 19 years old
- have a primary diagnosis of OCD and no additional psychiatric disorders (e.g. depression, ADHD, autism)
- are a native or fluent English-speaker
- have normal or corrected-to-normal vision
- have no current or previous alcohol or drug dependence
You would be asked to do:
- a few tasks on a touch-screen computer
- a few questionnaires
- a short interview with a psychiatrist
The study takes about 4 hours. You can either travel to Cambridge or we can travel to your town.
For your time, we will pay you £40 and we will reimburse you for travel expenses.
Expiry Date: 31st December 2016
Contact Person: Julia Gottwald
Phone: +44 (0) 7503 626448
Brain wave activity in OCD
The Open University is currently investigating brain activity in people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Could differences in the ‘brain waves’ explain why some sufferers respond well to medication and/or psychotherapy whilst others may not? The more we know about potential neurophysiological (i.e. brain) differences between sufferers, the more we may be able to progress towards personalized forms of treatment.
We are recruiting people with OCD between 18 and 70 years of age without learning disabilities to participate in the study. If you decide to participate, we will need four hours of your time (either morning or afternoon) or two sessions of about two hours each that can be scheduled according to your convenience. During this time, your brain activity will be recorded using a non invasive technique known as Quantitative Electroencephalography. You will also be interviewed and asked to fill two questionnaires.
The study has been approved by the Open University’s Human Ethics Committee.
By participating in this study, you will be contributing to scientific advancements in OCD research. The study does not involve any therapy but you may gain interesting insights about OCD and the brain.
Contact Person: Loes Koorenhof
Aspects of parenting and anxiety
There is now a lot of evidence that people who suffer from an anxiety disorder are more likely than average to have a relative who suffers from a similar problem. Whilst this may be partly due to shared genes, it is also likely that experiences and attitudes gained when growing up also play a role. However, little is known about how or which experiences might be related to anxiety, and importantly what experiences may protect against developing anxiety in later life.
If we understood more about these processes, it may help us prevent the development of anxiety in future generations. We are looking to recruit fathers with anxiety disorders with children aged 7-12 who live with their children. Participation will involve an interview conducted over the phone and questionnaires for fathers, their children and their partner.
Time and travel expenses will be reimbursed. This research is being done at the Institute of Psychiatry, London by Rebecca Chilvers, Fiona Challacombe and Paul Salkovskis.
Contact Person: Dr Rebecca Chilvers
Studying the biological basis of emotions in adolescents
Can we understand why some young people suffer from problems such as anxiety? Researchers at Oxford University are trying to find out
We are studying how the brain changes in response to emotional events. We are looking for young people (aged between 12 and 17) who have difficulties with anxiety. Please visit http://users.ox.ac.uk/~mert1768/ for more information and our contact details
Contact: Anneke Haddad
Telephone: 01865 271381
Survey of people with OCD and BDD struggling with referrals into specialist treatment centres
We are conducting a study looking at the difficulties people with OCD or BDD have experienced in accessing specialist help for their problems. If you have experienced difficulty obtaining referral to a national or regional specialist service when cognitive behaviour therapy or medication hasn’t worked locally we would like to ask you to complete either an online survey or a questionnaire through the post about the difficulties you have had, or are having. We are interested in hearing from people with OCD or BDD of all age ranges, including children and young people. If you have not had any difficulties accessing treatment or are happy with the treatment you are receiving and feel it is working for you, this study is not for you. Also, please only complete the survey if you live in the UK and are eligible for NHS treatment.
You are under no obligation to take part in the study and if you decide not to, it will not influence any treatment you are receiving presently or in the future. It is important to be aware that taking part in the study will not guarantee you receive treatment at a specialist centre. In order to be able to follow up on the difficulties people have accessing specialist treatment, we will need your name and contact details. This personal information will be safely stored and will not be accessed by anyone other than the researchers.
If you wish to take part, please go to the link below, which will lead you to a questionnaire concerning your OCD or BDD and the problems you have experienced. If you do not have internet access and would like to take part, please contact us (see below) and we can send or email you a paper copy of the questionnaire.
If you have any questions about the study, or would like to complete a paper copy of the questionnaire by post or email, please contact Dr Anna Stout on 0203 228 2101, or at Anna.Stout@iop.kcl.ac.uk
Contact: Dr Anna Stout
Telephone: 0203 228 2101
How can caring for someone with a mental illness impact the immediate family
Aim of the study
This study aims to interview family members who are currently or who have cared for someone with a mental illness. It aims to explore the impact mental illness can have on others, how it has changed the carers home life and relationships, along with how they feel mental illness are perceived by others.
What would it involve?
The study will involve a semi structured interview either by phone or face to face depending on what you prefer. The interview could take between 30 minutes to an hour. It is also completely confidential, the transcripts will be destroyed once the research has commenced along with any names changed to protect anonymity. The interview can be stopped at anytime and any questions can be avoided if you are uncomfortable answering.
Contact Person: Joanne Fitzpatrick