University of Bath

Learn more about decision-making by taking part in our new study

Take part in our new psychology study to understand more about how we make decisions.

Take part in our latest Psychology study on decision-making.
Take part in our latest Psychology study on decision-making.

As we get older and our cognitive function declines, we know decision-making gets harder. With this study we want to understand more about the developmental changes that take place as we age, so we can look towards the ways in which these challenges might be mitigated.

Take part

To be eligible for this study you need to:

  • be aged between 20 and 30 or over 65
  • not have experienced any physical neural trauma in your lifetime
  • not have been diagnosed with any illness or disorder of which neurological damage is a feature

Both men and women can apply to take part.

What's involved

You will need to travel to the University campus to take part.

You will take part in a computer-based task which gives you a series of different scenarios to assess. While performing the task we'll ask you to wear a head cap which includes equipment so we can measure your electrical brain activity.

These electrical currents are completely natural and occur due to the electrical activity caused by neuronal activity within your brain. We measure this via EEG (electroencephalography) and it is completely non-invasive. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the EEG then do not hesitate to contact the researchers.

Your participation in this study will take approximately 1 hour.

What you'll get

For taking part you’ll get a compensation of £10.

We'll also send you the results of our study when published.

To take part, email c.scarampi@bath.ac.uk

More about the study

Metacognitive evaluations are an important component of decision-making. This study allows us to explore at what point in time specific neural processes contribute to the creation of metacognitive experiences.

Chiara Scarampi, who is leading the project, explained: “This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with some new research, looking at how the brain contributes to performance monitoring and supports our decision making.”

Dr Neal Hinvest, the principal supervisor, added: “Metacognition can buffer individuals against cognitive decline, providing an alternative route to sound financial decisions. This study will help us understand how to support a stronger neural processing related to cognitive control with age.”