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Examining the impact of response style on stress and mental resources

We are investigating the impact of cognitive response styles on subjective feelings of stress and mental resources.

Background information

Find out more about our study.

Thinking skills such as memory and attention have been linked with quality of life in some cases of mental health difficulties. How an individual responds to their life experiences, including such things as thoughts and feelings, may cause distress and impact their mental resources. This study aims to experimentally manipulate different response styles in order to further understand the different ways in which we respond to our experiences.

Study information

We will be recruiting for this study until September 2021, or until we reach capacity.

What's involved in the study

If you would like to take part, we will ask you to complete a brief online questionnaire to check that you are eligible and not currently experiencing high levels of emotional distress. The experiment involves completing some scales and questionnaires and doing a computerised task while listening to sounds. The experiment is not painful, some people may find it mildly stressful. The study is being conducted in the psychology labs at University of Bath (10W).


To be eligible to participate in this study you must:

  • be over the age of 18
  • not have a learning disability, neurological illness or disease
  • never have been diagnosed with psychosis or a mental illness which involved hearing voices
  • not be regularly practicing mindfulness (weekly practice, of one at least 1 hour a week, for at least the past 4 months).

What you'll get for taking part

Participants receive a £5 gift voucher for taking part.


Data will be anonymised once participants have completed the study. The document linking the participant number and name will be stored separately. All data will be stored in the secure folder on the University drive. This study has received ethical approval.1

Contact us

If you have any questions about this research study, please contact the lead researchers.

1 Relevant ethics approval information - PREC 19-223