Age and Unusual Perceptions
Unusual experiences in the general population are thought to be particularly common in adolescents and young adults, but they also appear to increase in the over 60s. Compared to research in younger people, relatively few studies have investigated unusual experiences in healthy older adults. Our “Age and Unusual Experiences (Age-UP)” study is looking to compare these experiences in young and older people via an online survey.
Who can take part? Adults aged 18-30 or 60-75.
How do I take part? Go to the online survey to participate. Participation takes about 15 minutes Participants will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 25 £10 gift vouchers.
For more information contact Rebecca Finnigan (MSc student) or Dr Ben Alderson-Day (Supervisor).
Understanding Felt Presences
Sometimes, people have the experience of a ‘felt presence’ – that is, they feel like someone or something is present, even when they cannot be heard, seen, or touched. We’re aiming to understand more about these experiences, such when they occur, why they occur, and who they occur to, using an online survey.
Who can take part? Adults aged 18-75.
Personality Impressions and Unusual Experiences
When we hear other people’s voices we tend to judge them on personality characteristics. In this online study, we are aiming to understand more about how this might relate to unusual experiences. If you decide to take part, you will be asked to listen to a series of short voice recordings and rate them on personality characteristics. Later, you will fill out a set of short questionnaires.
Who can take part? Adults aged 18-35. Participants must be native English speakers with no diagnosis of a psychiatric or neurological disorder and have no history of uncorrectable hearing impairments.