Requests for research participants

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From time to time, Dyslexia Scotland receives requests for research participants or people to take part in surveys. 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 have any questions about any of the research listed, please use the contact details provided. 

Research requests should be send to [email protected] with a short summary of the research, contact details and a closing date. 


Characterisation of Sleep in children with Dyslexia

The aim of this research is to explore potential links between dyslexia, sleep problems, anxiety and serotonin levels in children. Find out more and take part:

Closing date 15 May 2022


Dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome

I am an MSc student at Bangor University, currently running research on Dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome. I am looking at whether people with dyslexia perform differently from people without dyslexia in a shape from shading task that involves visual perceptual grouping of convex and concave elements. Participants will also complete a perceptual grouping task; to detect the concealed character within an array of convex and concave elements. There will also be a questionnaire to complete. The whole experiment should not last more than 30 minutes.

We are also in need of participants with Irlen syndrome, as we have a stimulus that we believe it might assess depth perception and we are currently evaluating its efficiency. To evaluate susceptibility to implicit visual cues in 3D shape, we require participants to complete two tasks: the LAMP, and the HONEYCOMB stimuli. If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, please contact the Researcher Marjola Peça: [email protected] or her Supervisor, Dr Ayelet Sapir: [email protected]

Closing date 1 July 2022


Relationship between Reading Ability and Undergraduate well-being: Mediating effects of Self-Esteem

The purpose of this study is to gain information relating to reading ability and its relationship with self-reported mental well-being. Further education at university requires vast amounts of independent reading, therefore if this is a skill that someone struggles with, the frequency required could highlight their difficulty, influencing their well-being. The study aims to establish whether self-esteem acts as a protecting factor for mental well-being in relation to reading ability.

This study is part of a student research project supported by Loughborough University. The study will be undertaken by Imogen Biggs and supervised by Professor Korbinian Moeller. You will be asked to complete four anonymous online surveys, which should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. You do not need to do anything before completing the survey. Please note that this questionnaire includes sensitive questions about well-being, which some participants may find distressing, even though these measures are not tools of diagnosis.

You must be over the age of 18, studying for an undergraduate degree and have the capacity to fully understand and consent to this research


Research findings

An exploration of the influence and impacts of dyslexia on social work practice - a thesis by Sam Hepburn

The role of a social worker is complex and dynamic, working in environments that can be equally challenging. The role involves working with and supporting individuals, families and communities. Therefore, the interventions required are wide ranging and involve many skills such as assessment, reading and writing. All these skills can be impacted by dyslexia. This study explores the impacts and influence that dyslexia has on social work practice from the experiences of those with a dyslexia identification.