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Internal News - 09 February 2009

Can you help? Volunteers needed for research projects

We currently have two research projects looking for volunteers

Would you like to know more about your fitness, body fat and the way your body responds to exercise whilst on a short-term diet?

Being overweight or obese increases a person’s risk of diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer. Body weight is regulated by the balance between energy intake and energy expenditure. All of these processes are influenced by various ‘energy hormones’.

We want to understand how these energy hormones respond to exercise whilst people are on a short-term diet. We hope that this will help us to find out more about the best way to control or lose weight.

In this particular investigation, we are looking for men and women aged 18-45 who are willing to give up some time to come to the laboratory to undertake an exercise trial and a rest trial. For a few days before each trial, participants will reduce the amount of food that they consume so that they lose a little weight.

After the study is complete, all subjects will be given their complete results, including:

If you are interested in taking part these are the criteria that we will use to see whether you are eligible:

If you are interested in finding out more information then please contact Nuch: ss302@bath.ac.uk

Would you like to take part in a study on reaction times ?

Participants will be asked to complete a computerised task measuring reaction time. In addition they will be asked to complete a questionnaire pack measuring psychological factors. Also they will be asked to place their hand in very cold water, which they can take out at anytime. They will be asked to fill in a form about this experience.

The researcher is investigating orientation of attention and disengagement of attention from information and looking at whether this is related to psychological factors and pain experience.

The researcher is looking for:

The study takes about 45-50 mins and participants will receive £5 for their time. For more information contact Charlotte Mounce, C.S.Mounce@bath.ac.uk