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At FedUni we conduct globally-recognised and locally-relevant research across a huge variety of disciplines.

Community involvement is a critical component to gathering data, and you're invited to participate.

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School of Health and Life Sciences

Project: Online Dating: An investigation of honest and deceptive profiles. Survey

Elise Whitney and Dr Loch Forsyth invite English speaking individuals aged 18 years and over to partake in an online survey involving online dating and deception.

The aim of this research study is to determine whether there are significant linguistic differences between honest and deceptive online dating profiles.

For further information please contact us or continue to the survey using the below link.

Primary Researcher: Dr Loch Forsyth

Student Researcher: Elise Whitney

Project: The role of individual differences in perceived risk of illness and health behaviours.

Are you:

1.            Over the age of 18?

2.            Fluent in English?

3.            An Australian Citizen or Resident?

If so, please consider participating in our study relating to individual differences on health behaviours.

Participation involves answering a couple of questionnaires about your personality, health behaviours, and other individual characteristics, which should take approximately 20 minutes (maximum) to complete.

Participation is voluntary, online and completely anonymous.

This study is being conducted by the 4th year Psychology Students Danae Schwartz and Tanya Balakumar of Federation University under the supervision of Dr Samia Toukhsati and Mr Justin Timora.

Please follow the link below if you are interested in participating or if you know of someone who is keen to participate and meets the criteria.

Should you have any further questions regarding this study, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal Researcher Samia Toukhsati

Thank you.

Project: Psychosocial Factors Contributing to Problem Gambling Behaviour in Emerging Adulthood.

Tim Wardeiner is currently conducting research as part of his Honours Degree,   The investigation is looking at factors that influence gambling behaviour. If you volunteer to participate, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire taking approximately 10 minutes of your time, at a time convenient to you. After providing demographic information such as your age, gender, relationship status, and level of education, you will continue on to the main questionnaire. You will be asked questions assessing your gambling behaviour, gambling related cognitions, and questions measuring your level of impulsivity.

If you choose to participate in this research your identity and answers to any questions are strictly anonymous and confidential.

If you are:

- an Australian Citizen/permanent resident;

- aged between 18-30

Please click on the link below for the survey.

Please contact Tim Wardeiner with any questions.

Project: Unethical activism during the marriage equality postal vote: The role of moral beliefs

Do our moral beliefs justify unethical activism?

You are invited to participate in a research project investigating how one’s moral belief about marriage equality may have influenced different kinds of activism, including potentially unethical behaviour, during the 2017 marriage equality postal vote.

We are interested in hearing from people with a range of opinions, so no matter what your views on marriage equality are, you are welcome to participate.

To be eligible to participate you must be over 18 years of age and an Australian resident or citizen. During the study you will be asked to complete a series of online questionnaires on your moral beliefs, as well as your views on marriage equality and activism. You will not be asked whether you participated in any negative activism. You will only be asked about your opinion of these behaviours. It is anticipated that the online survey will take approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete.

Please contact Vasiliki Nousias with any questions.

Project: Acute effects of different aerobic exercise intensities on arterial stiffness.

We are currently looking for willing participants to volunteer in a research study that we are conducting at Federation University, Ballarat, Mount Helen campus. Dr Brendan O’Brien and I (Jake Romein) are looking for approximately 10 healthy recreationally active males aged 25-44, that are currently not participating in any structured physical activity (sport, personal training, etc) but are recreationally active.

The study will involve completing 4 different exercise sessions of varying intensity and measuring the effects of exercise on arterial stiffness for 90 minutes post-exercise and again 24 hours post-exercise. The total time that you will be required to be present in the laboratory is approximately 7 hours over 4 weeks.

Arterial stiffness has been shown to be an individual marker of cardio-vascular disease. The research being conducted will help to give us an insight into the appropriate prescription of exercise amongst this population. All exercise trials will be completed at the Mt Helen campus.

If this interests you or someone you may know and you live in the surrounding area, please contact Jake Romein for a more in depth description of exactly what the study entails and will be more than happy to discuss any questions you may have.

Project: Risky sexual behaviour, dating apps and personality traits.

You are invited to take part in a study examining the relationship between personality characteristics, risky sexual behaviours (i.e. unprotected sex) and the use of dating apps (e.g. Tinder). Your participation is voluntary and your contribution will be completely anonymous. While the primary focus of this research is on dating apps users, we are also interested in those who use online dating or meet partners in an offline environment. To complete the online survey which will inform this research you must be 18 years or over.

The final results of this survey will form the basis of a dissertation for a Psychology Honours course. Your individual results will not be identifiable however, as the final report will be based on a summary of the entire participant pool. If you are interested in taking part and would like more information, please follow the link below. You will be taken to an information statement where you can consent to take part in the study. Once you have given your consent, the survey will begin.

Please contact Dr Mandy Cassimatis with any questions.

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