Contribute to our psychology research by playing games with and against others

Volunteers needed for a new study examining the link between social context and perceptions of similarity between self and others' abilities.

This research study looks at the effect of social context on social comparison and self-evaluation. We are interested in how people complete minigames in group situations, when they are playing with and against other people. We also want to look at whether this is influenced by people’s mood and personality.

Who can take part

We are looking for volunteers who:

  • are aged between 18-65
  • have normal or corrected to normal vision
  • are fluent in English

What you'll get

There is no reimbursement for taking part in this research.

What's involved

We will ask you to play a number of games where you will see different shapes in different colours flash on the screen. You will have to press the space bar if you see specific shapes/colours, but not others.

For some of the games you will be competing with another player, where the player with the highest score will win the points. In the other games, you will cooperating with another player, where the points of both players will be added together and shared evenly.

At the end, we will ask you to complete a series of questionnaires about your mood and personality.

The study should take no more than 1 hour. You are free to withdraw or take a break at any time.

Participation in this research study is open until 11 March 2019.*

Take part in this study

If you would like to sign up for this research or have any questions, please get in touch with the researcher.


*Personal information gathered in this study will be confidential and anonymised. The data collected as part of the study will be made available as 'open data'. This means it can be used in future research projects but that the conditions on confidentiality and anonymity will still apply.

The study has been approved by the Psychology Ethics Committee (Ethics number: PREC 18-312).