From time to time, Dyslexia Scotland receives requests for research participants. Details of all research requests will be posted here with a synopsis of the research findings, where possible. Unless indicated, please note that Dyslexia Scotland is not associated in any way to the research requests on this page. If you are interested in taking part in any of the research listed, please use the contact details provided. For any other information, please email:[email protected]
Characteristics of people with dyslexia
As a final year project for my psychology degree with DCU, and as a person with dyslexia, I am interested in studying the characteristics of people with dyslexia. This research aims to study the attributes of adults with dyslexia to explore if we have any common patterns. The survey will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
Thank you. Your participation is greatly appreciated.
For further information, or questions, contact: Sarah McNally: [email protected]
Survey closes: 11th March
Socioeconomic status and dyslexia
Hello, my name is Euan Dickie and I am an undergraduate student studying Psychology at Edinburgh Napier. For my fourth-year dissertation, I'm interested in looking at how socioeconomic status affects the amount of support students with dyslexia receive in school. I'm looking for participants who:
- Are 18+
- Are fluent in English
- Attended high school in Scotland
- Received a diagnosis of dyslexia during their time in high school
- Have no other comorbid conditions
As part of the study, you will be asked to provide information about your socioeconomic status growing up, such as parents occupation and name of the school you attended, and then fill out a short questionnaire about the type of support you received. If you would like to participate you can do so using this link: https://napiersas.eu.qualtrics.com/.../SV_bNsS3lEmq5o3k1M
The study should take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and participation is completely anonymous. If you have any more questions please feel free to contact me via email at [email protected] or contact my project supervisor at [email protected].
Recruitment end date: Wednesday 3rd March
How dyslexic people learn and consolidate new memories
We are running an online study at the University of York which aims to understand how quickly people with dyslexia learn and consolidate new memories when they are required to make very fast responses. This is a multi-session study, with participants being asked to do various response time and cognitive tasks on the first session. A subset of participants will be asked back to do two follow-up sessions. Session 1 will take approximately 1 hour, whilst session 2 and 3 will last approximately 30 minutes.
- Typical developing adults or adults with a diagnosis of dyslexia without a diagnosis of any other neurodevelopmental disorder (e.g. ADHD; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Developmental coordination disorder; amongst others)
- Age between 18 and 35
- UK native English speaker
- Normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing
- Access to a computer with good internet connection
Participants who complete only the first session will be compensated with a 6 pounds amazon voucher, whilst those who complete all sessions will receive a 15 pound amazon voucher. For more information, please check the information sheet: https://forms.gle/54DGsrWUEoLJeTY67 or contact the primary researcher: [email protected]
Recruitment closes: 31st May 2021
How people with neurodevelopmental diagnoses make sense of language in context
We are conducting some research at Oxford University to understand more about how people with neurodevelopmental diagnoses, including dyslexia and autism, make sense of language in context. We hope this research will be helpful in providing individuals with support around language and communication. The study involves some short questionnaires and language tasks taking about 40 minutes in total. To access the study please following this link: https://research.sc/participant/login/dynamic/8CCB514F-4647-41C1-8BEB-28C37F805AAE
For more information about the study, or if you have any questions please contact Dr. Alexander Wilson, Department of Experimental Psychology, Anna Watts Building, University of Oxford, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG. Email: [email protected]
Recruitment closes: 30th June 2021
Memory and Organisation Survey for 18-25 year olds
My name is Liberty Milne and I am a final year Psychology with Education student at University College London. I am currently researching memory and organisation in young adults with dyslexia for my dissertation. I am aiming to establish whether specific patterns of organisational behaviour found in children with dyslexia still apply in adults. I am hoping the findings of this research can be used to better inform colleges, universities and workplaces of the organisational methods that are most effective.
To help establish what these methods are, I have created a short questionnaire. It is comprised of multiple-choice questions and takes on average 8 minutes to complete. If you are:
- Aged 18-25
- In the UK
Survey completion deadline: 1st March 2020. I would be hugely grateful if you could take part. Please email me at [email protected] or follow the link to the survey here https://uclioe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9R1wRqCrKGQiQ73
Research on Child Disability Payment - can you help?
The Scottish Government will start giving a payment to families who need help with extra costs of looking after a child with a disability. This service is called Child Disability Payment. They would like your help to test the new benefit process to make sure it is easy to use.
They are looking to speak to parents with dyslexia who have experience applying for disability benefits for their child to understand their experience, along with any barriers people face getting information about benefits or accessing government services.
The online research session will last about an hour. To find out more please contact [email protected]
Testers of a new text-to-speech tool for video games needed
Over last autumn, Lowtek Games have been developing a new text-to-speech tool for dyslexic players with InGAME. Now, we’d like to test the tool with game players to see how easily and successfully players use the TTS (text-to-speech) plugin in a selected game and we are looking for game testers. The testing lasts about 30 minutes and will be conducted via Zoom at the end of January 2021. To participate, you should have a Windows computer. You don’t have to have any previous experience with game testing or playing games to participate.
We will supply the game to you with the plug in running prior to the test. All testers will get a small gift voucher from us as a thank you for their participation.
What: Testing TTS tool in a short video game
When: End of January 2021
How: Via Zoom (link sent prior to the test)
Interested? Please send an email to [email protected]
Are people with dyslexia supported in the theatre industry?
My name is Eleanor and I am a third-year student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, studying Stage Management and Technical Theatre. I am currently in the process of writing my dissertation, my question is, are people with dyslexia supported in the theatre industry? Being dyslexic myself this is a question that I am very eager to find the answer to as I prepare to embark on a career in theatre.
If you have dyslexia and work in the theatre industry in any capacity whether you are a director, an actor, a set designer, a stage manager, a sound designer or any other role I would be most interested in talking to you. I wish to gain a greater understanding of the general perception of dyslexia in theatre and whether more awareness and support for people with dyslexia in this industry is needed. Any help that you can offer to help me reach a conclusion would be much appreciated. If you are happy to talk to me about my dissertation question, please contact me via my email: [email protected]
Would you be willing to share your experience of your child’s journey to being identified as dyslexic?
Rhona Macdonald has written a manuscript about her own journey in the 80s and 90s and would like to add some more recent journeys. Rhona has a publisher on board and aims to raise awareness of what it is like for a child to be misunderstood and mislabelled. This will provide parents and teachers an insight as to what a child lives through and therefore empower them to make a change to that child’s life. The book will be published online. Please contact Rhona on [email protected] if you and/or your child are interested in participating.
Autonomy, Rights and Children with Additional Support Needs
The aim of this research is to examine how children’s rights are being promoted in the area of special and additional support needs. The research is being conducted by two teams, one based at the University of Edinburgh and one at the University of Manchester. Parents and carers of children and young people with additional support needs have for some time had a right to have a say in their child’s education.
There has been an increasing emphasis on ensuring that the views of children and young people with special and additional support needs are reflected in important decisions relating to their education. This research aims to explore the extent to which children and young people are being given opportunities to participate in everyday decisions about their education and also in disagreement resolution processes. The research will provide information on: The strategies used by schools and local authorities to engage children and young people in educational decision-making; Children’s and young people’s views on their involvement in decision-making relating to their education; Parents/carers’ views on the extent to which their children are active participants in the decision-making process; Factors which promote or inhibit the ability of children’s and young people’s views to be heard and taken into account. For further information about the project contact: Professor Sheila Riddell, e-mail: [email protected]; phone: 0131 651 6597 To see the questionnaire, click here.
Study into the use of social media amongst parents of children with hidden disabilities
Participants needed to help look at the use of social media as a coping strategy. Click here to take part.
Dyslexia tutors and assessors required to trial new software that builds confidence and productivity for dyslexic writers
SprintPlus is a relatively new piece of software that students and adults use to proof their written work either at school, university or work. We would like to invite dyslexia assessors or tutors from all areas to trial SprintPlus.
In return for your feedback we will give you a free license. We believe that SprintPlus builds the confidence and productivity of dyslexic writers but we want your thoughts and comments. For more information, please take a look at our demo video and if you would like to take part simply indicate your interest by email to John Hicks at [email protected].