Participation

On this page we list projects that are currently running.  If you are interested in any of them, please get in touch with the researcher concerned, and also have a look at the Participant FAQs.  Alternatively, if the study is open to online participation (such as a survey), feel free to dive right in!

Essential Oils Fragrance and Sleep (home study)

STUDY STATUS:  OPEN

Can the fragrance of essential oils such as lavender help you sleep?  We aim to find out in a new collaboration with MicroCapture (PET Ltd), who utilise specialist technology to encapsulate all types of fragrances and apply them to various products.  In this case, we are interested in comparing several different formulations in order to understand which might help you sleep better.

In this study, we will ask you to use a fragrance-coated pillowcase (provided by us) underneath your regular pillowcase for a period of two weeks.  During this time, we will also ask you to wear a small actigraphy watch (also provided by us), and to complete a couple of short questionnaires on your sleep habits and quality at the start and again at the end of the study.  We are particularly interested in recruiting individuals with poor sleep quality, to see if music/spoken word helps to improve your sleep quality.  We will pay you £25 for your time; you will need to visit the Sleep and Cognition Laboratory twice in person to take part (to receive the actiwatch and assess eligibility, and two weeks later to return the actiwatch and debrief).

Please e-mail Jen Johnson at 11334112@students.lincoln.ac.uk for more information or to sign up.

 

Music and Sleep Study (home study)

STUDY STATUS:  OPEN

Does music help you sleep?  That’s the central question in a collaboration between the SaC lab and the fantastic Victoria Williamson and Tabitha Trahan of the University of Sheffield and Daniel Müllensiefen from Goldsmiths, University of London.  Vicky and Daniel are two of our leading music psychologists; Vicky’s ground-breaking research on the secrets of earworms has been covered been widely, and Vicky’s expertise means she can be heard frequently on BBC radio and elsewhere talking about the psychology of music.  You can read all about it in her excellent new book “You Are the Music“.

This is the home experimental study part of our research.  Please see below for the online survey as well; you are welcome to take part in both.

We are interested in comparing the effects of different types of music, and spoken word, on sleep quality and how fast you are able to fall asleep.  To do this, we will ask you to listen to a CD (provided by us) each night for two weeks, and to wear a small actigraphy watch (also provided by us) during that time.  We will also ask you to complete a couple of short questionnaires on your sleep habits and quality.  We are particularly interested in recruiting individuals with poor sleep quality, to see if music/spoken word helps to improve your sleep quality.  We will pay you £30 for your time you will need to visit the Sleep and Cognition Laboratory twice in person to take part (to receive the actiwatch and assess eligibility, and two weeks later to return the actiwatch and debrief).

Please e-mail Jen Johnson at 11334112@students.lincoln.ac.uk for more information or to sign up.

 

Music and Sleep Survey (online participation)

STUDY STATUS:  OPEN

Does music help you sleep?  That’s the central question in a collaboration between the SaC lab and the fantastic Victoria Williamson and Tabitha Trahan of the University of Sheffield and Daniel Müllensiefen from Goldsmiths, University of London.  Vicky and Daniel are two of our leading music psychologists; Vicky’s ground-breaking research on the secrets of earworms has been covered been widely, and Vicky’s expertise means she can be heard frequently on BBC radio and elsewhere talking about the psychology of music.  You can read all about it in her excellent new book “You Are the Music“.

This is the online survey part of our research.  Please see above for the home experimental study as well; you are welcome to take part in both.

Many people like to listen to music while they fall asleep, a tradition which goes back at least 300 years.  We are interested in just how widespread this is, and to that end we have just launched a brand new survey.  It should take less 15 minutes to complete, and to show our appreciation for your kindness, we are offering the chance to win £100 of vouchers from a national retailer of your choice.

The survey can be found here: https://musicpsych.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3XnfqJelYvMeVWl.  Please feel free to pass on this link to anyone you think would be interested.  ;-)

 

New Mothers and Young Infants’ Sleep Quality (lab study)

STUDY STATUS:  OPEN

Are you an expecting new mother?  Do you have concerns about how you might sleep once your baby is born?  Do you wonder if this will affect your baby?  We will shortly be starting a new study investigating this.  The study will involve sleeping in the Lincoln Sleep and Cognition Laboratory together with your baby, who will sleep in a travel cot in the same room as you.  We will monitor your sleep and ask you to complete some short questionnaires and interact with your baby in the morning for a few minutes.  This is a pioneering study aimed at helping us understand the role of sleep in interactions between new mothers and infants, with the focus on infants under two months old.  We will pay you a small honorarium for your time and give you some vouchers for baby shops for your time.

Please e-mail Professor Alina Rodriguez at arodriguez@lincoln.ac.uk for more information or to arrange a meeting.