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Emotional Faces Study

An opportunity to take part in a study about how people view emotional expressions.

  • Monday 27th February 2017 09:00 (1 hour, 15 mins)
  • Research Participant
  • Participate


The aim of this study is to investigate how people view emotional expressions in other people.

Volunteer Criteria

Volunteers must:

  • be male
  • be aged between 18 and 35 years old
  • have normal or corrected to normal vision (glasses and contact lenses are ok)
  • not have a history of mood disorders (such as depression or anxiety)
  • not have a first degree relative with a mood disorder

What will I be asked to do?

The experiment will take 1 hour-1 hour and 15 minutes to complete.

Volunteers will view images of people expressing different emotions on a computer screen and decide which emotion they think best describes the person's expression from a choice of seven (anger, disgust, fear, happiness, neutral, sadness and surprise). You will respond using a computer keyboard.

While you perform this task, the researcher will monitor your eye movements using an eye tracker. This is a non-invasive technique where a camera passively monitors eye movements.

For the eye tracker to work, it is important that your head is still for the duration of the experiment using the head-rest provided. You will be allowed breaks at several points during the experiment to rest.

When & where?

The project will take place at The Institute of Neuroscience, Henry Wellcome Building, Medical School, Framlington Place, Newcastle University.

Appointments will be arranged between the researcher and volunteer.

Will I get anything for taking part?

 Participants will receive a £10 Amazon voucher for taking part.


  • The Institute of Neuroscience, Henry Wellcome Building
  • Medical School, Framlington Place, Newcastle University
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE2 4HH

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