Hi I’m Naomi and I am a Psychology PhD student from the University of Aberdeen.
Humans are widely found to be biased to information about themselves and this is evidenced by the Cocktail Party Effect (you’ll hear your name in a conversation on the other side of the room, but not the rest of the conversation). These biases also occur when the information is rewarding or positive (e.g., a smile). My research is focused on these implicit cognitive biases. I am exploring the underlying mechanisms and why they are altered in mood disorders.
I have submitted a proposal to research grant competition which will explore how implicit cognitive biases change with mood and hence how they could be used in mental health diagnoses or interventions. I hope you will have a look at my proposal and I am very happy to answer any questions! Tracking mood: can simple implicit cognitive biases give away what you are feeling?
I have used Prolific for multiple studies now and have found the access to fast quality data incredibly helpful to allow quick results in my PhD. It’s been great reading other proposals and seeing what other research is being conducted and run on Prolific!