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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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Current projects seeking participants

1. Personality characteristics, body-swapping experiences and mate selection

Seeking individuals between the ages of 18 – 65 years old to participate in a study.

Psychology researchers George Van Doorn and Danielle Wagstaff from our Gippsland Campus are are conducting a study which will examine the relationship between personality characteristics and how you might interact with people, as well as whether or not you have any children (Part 1) and personality characteristics and body ownership (Part 2).

Participants will be asked to complete a series of online questionnaires that seek:

  • demographic information
  • the extent to which a person engages in creative activities
  • attitudes and behaviours in relation to sexual interactions
  • and some experiences that participants might have had with other people.

We will also ask you to complete a personality questionnaire that asks you about your experiences with phenomena such as:

  • daydreaming
  • beliefs in the supernatural, and
  • suspicions about being watched.

The questionnaires should take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and based on responses some participants may be invited to undertake a second study.

If you’re interested in taking part in a “body-swapping” experiment, we’d ask you to provide your email address so that the researchers can organise a time and date with you that’s mutually convenient. In this experiment, you will be asked to:

  • wear a pair of goggles that are attached to a camera facing an artificial body.
  • We will then create the illusion that the artificial body is, in fact, yours.
  • An experimenter will do this by using a small foam ball on a stick to lightly touch both your leg and the doll’s leg at the same time.
  • Since you will be wearing goggles you will only see the doll’s legs through the video feed.
  • Lastly, you will be blindfolded before being led into the room so that the experimental set-up does not influence your decisions.
  • You may stop during the experiment if you feel uncomfortable.
  • If you are invited to take part in the experiment, it will require you to attend the Gippsland Campus of Federation University Australia and should take about 20 minutes to complete.

Contact us

Dr. George H. Van Doorn
Senior Lecturer (Psychology)
School of Health Sciences and Psychology
Federation University, Gippsland Campus
Tel: +61 3 5122 6746

2. Students who spent time in out-of-home care before they were 18 years of age (e.g. foster care, residential care, kinship care, ward of the State)

A team of investigators at La Trobe University, Federation University Australia, Western Sydney University and the Queensland University of Technology are currently conducting a research project examining the experiences and achievements of FedUni students (including HE and TAFE/College students) who spent time in out-of-home care (e.g. foster care, residential care, kinship care, ward of the State) before they were 18. The research is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education.

As part of our research, we are asking students to participate in an interview. The interview will ask about your pathway to university, your experiences at university, and your plans for the future. It will include an emphasis on how you believe your experiences having spent time in out-of-home care differ from other students, and invites your recommendations on how higher education outcomes can be improved for people from an out-of-home care background. To find out more download this pdf document (pdf, kb) or email

3. Are you an Australian physiotherapist?

Do you use behaviour change techniques to assist patient recovery?

Researchers from FedUni Australia and La Trobe University are exploring the techniques employed by physios to improve the physical activity levels of patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

If you are a practicing Australian physiotherapist you are invited to participate in this short questionnaire, and to share this link with colleagues.

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