Take part in our study into attitudes towards contemporary topics used in conversations in the UK

Help us understand how people discuss contemporary topics.

We are running a study to understand how attitudes in contemporary topics are talked about in general conversations. This is a very exciting social psychology study taking place on campus in the Psychology Research Labs, 10 West, Claverton Down. The Principal Investigator is Professor Greg Maio from the Department of Psychology.

Take part

You must be over 18 years of age and fluent in written and spoken English.

What you'll get

  • For participation, you will receive £12 in cash.
  • You will help to contribute to important research that may help us understand more about how the public are talking about contemporary topics.

What's involved

You will take part in a series of different activities which will last between one hour and one hour and 15 minutes altogether.


  1. You will complete a set of tests about your attitudes and your behavioural tendencies on a computer. This should take about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Next, you will be asked to engage in a short task about abstract concepts.
  3. You will take part in a recorded small group discussion about a controversial topic, the title of which will be given to you on the day. The recorded discussion, lasting about 15 minutes, will be in four-person groups including yourself.
  4. The study will end with a short fun activity.

The research will take place Monday to Fridays in the morning and afternoon. We can provide slots at 12.00 noon if staff want to come during their lunch break.

Take part in this study

If you would like to take part in this research study or if you have any questions, please get in touch.


All information and data provided will be used for research purposes only and will remain strictly confidential. When we have finished analysing the findings, your data will be anonymised by removing all links between identifying information and the study data. This research has been approved by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee (17-238).