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Help us research the effects of stress and mindfulness on decision-making

We need volunteers to be part of our research study into the impact of stress and mindfulness on decision-making. You’ll receive £12 for completing the study.

What this study is about and how to take part

This study will investigate how stress impacts people's decision-making. We hope to uncover some of the mechanisms that underlie mental health difficulties in which decision-making is known to be a possible factor.

What you’ll do

You will complete a task that will mirror a daily-life experience, and be asked to make decisions about different social scenarios.

You’ll be randomly allocated one set of circumstances in which you will complete the task. These are:

  • under mild stress
  • after performing a mindfulness task
  • in neutral circumstances

Each one of these tasks will last 15 minutes. Throughout the session, you’ll wear an electrocardiogram (ECG) device that will measure your heart rate.

After completing some questionnaires and the initial task, you'll be asked to complete a decision-making task and a memory task.


To take part in this study, you must be:

  • at least 18 years old
  • able to read and understand English

What you’ll get

You’ll receive £12 for participating. If you are a University of Bath student, you may be eligible for three research credits.

Application deadline

We are recruiting volunteers for this study until 31 March 2025.

Your data

All data collected will be kept entirely confidential. It will be stored securely on the University of Bath's servers. Any identifiable information will be deleted 14 days after participation

Only members of the research team will access the data for the purpose of the current study.

Ethics approval

This study was approved by the ethics committee at the University of Bath (ethics reference code: 0974-2243).

Join our research study

Complete this form to register Once you have completed the form to register, a member of the research team will contact you.

Join this research study

If you are interested in taking part in this research study, or have any questions, please contact us.