In and Around Catz

Paid Study

This is an invitation to participate in the study ‘Understanding reactions to negative films and smartphone activities (Saadat, 20143214)‘.

What does the study involve?

The study consists of two sessions EXACTLY ONE WEEK APART. The first session will take about 60 minutes. You will be asked to fill in short questionnaires before watching a video. This is a short film of about 10 minutes containing scenes from footages such as those widely available to the public (e.g. clips of surgical procedures, road safety adverts, news footage of distressing events) which may be distressing to you. After this time you may be asked to do some simple tasks. You will be required to keep a simple diary* in the week between the sessions of any spontaneous memories concerning the film that you watched. EXACTLY ONE WEEK LATER, you will need to return to the department for the second session and do a few more tasks for about 60 minutes. For this study you will be reimbursed (£18 pounds + travel expenses), at the end of the second session in cash.

Eligibility criteria

  • possession of a smartphone (make sure fully charged prior to experiment), with either Android or iOS operating system (you need to download one free apps prior to experiment & have music/podcast of your own choice ready to play offline (bring headphones as well please)
  • 18-65 years old
  • NOT currently receiving treatment for a mental health condition.


Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, 15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge, CB2 7EF.

If you are interested in participating you can sign up through Sona or e-mail me at (and if possible please do provide me with your phone number). If you have any questions or are not able to find a timeslot, do not hesitate to contact me.

The link to the study on Sona is:

Have you ever wanted to make an impact on someone’s life? Then wait no more, here’s your chance to make one on mine:

Take part in my super cool study where you’ll get paid £23 to play on your smartphone!! Yes, isn’t that amazing?! 😎 I need only 15 more people to reach my goal (and to be able to do sound stats…). YOU could be the decisive factor in my study!😉

Check out my flyer, register on SONA, sign up for free slots and help a girl graduate finish her project 😘


Link to SONA:


Please direct questions to Sepideh Saadat.