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The School of Psychology are inviting children to take part in some of our exciting research projects this summer!

 

Join us for three different and very exciting research projects organised at the University of Lincoln, close to Lincoln city centre. All three projects are being run by a motivated team of researchers from the University of Lincoln, University of Leeds and University College London.

Project 1: ‘Meet your own mini-me!’

In this project, we are collecting 3D photographs of children ages 2-10 so we can create a realistic set of pictures to represent what children in the UK look like. All of the anonymized body size and shape information from the 3D photographs will be put together to create a visual tool that will help parents and health professionals correctly assess children’s health and weight.

In our purpose built private lab at the University of Lincoln, our special 3D scanner will take your child’s 3D photo. For this study your child will be scanned while dressed in their own underwear. You can then see the 3D image on a computer screen – just like a real life videogame character! You can take a photo of your child’s ‘mini-me’ using your phone or camera.

One of our researchers Nadia in the body scanner:

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Project 2:  ‘Our bodies come in all shapes and sizes – can you see?’

The purpose of this research is to find out if children aged 7-11 can estimate their body size and what they want to look like as children, and when they grow up. We are also investigating the influence of the media (watching television for example) on children’s body size perceptions.

Children are shown a set of 10 computer-generated pictures of children their own age and gender and asked their opinions about them. For example, ‘which child has the body most like yours?’ We also ask the child how much TV they watch and how much time they spend online. We also measure children’s height and weight so we can calculate how accurate they are at judging their own body size.

Examples of the computer-generated pictures we use in our studies

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Project 3: ‘Guess who looks like me?’

This research aims to find out how accurate children ages 4-6 can judge body size and where on the body they are looking to make those judgements. On a computer screen with a special invisible eye tracking camera, children are shown four simple images of children the same age and gender, and asked some questions like ‘which child looks most like you?’ We also measure children’s height, weight and waist so we can calculate children’s accuracy in the task. Parents are also asked to respond to a short questionnaire.

For more information, or take part in one of our studies please call or email to arrange a day and time. 

SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE FROM MONDAY 20TH TO FRIDAY 24TH AUGUST BETWEEN 9.30 AM TO 12.30 PM AND FROM 1.30 PM – 4.30PM. EACH INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPATION SESSION FOR EACH PROJECT IS BETWEEN 20 – 30 MINUTES LONG.

Tracey Thornborrow TThornborrow@lincoln.ac.uk

Mobile: 07590609570

Andrea Smith (andrea.smith.14@ucl.ac.uk)

 

All of our studies have been approved by The School of Psychology Ethics Committee. If you have any concerns about these studies, then please contact the School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee on SOPREC@lincoln.ac.uk

 

 

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