RESEARCH AT ACAP

 

Current Initiatives

Virtual Reality and Psychology: Using Virtual Reality to Improve Intergroup Attitudes

The study is about investigating whether racial attitudes can be improved through virtual reality. The study therefore requires all participants to self-identify as Caucasian and be over the age of 18. It is uncommon for a study to ask for participants from one ethnic group, however, this study seeks to understand recent events in which negative attitudes towards immigrants, in particular,  Sudanese refugees have been reported; and it  aims to develop and investigate the use of virtual reality to improve these attitudes. If you participate, you will be in a 1-hour lab session where your breathing and physiological anxiety is recorded, you will experience a virtual reality stimulation and you will answer some questions.   

HREC name and approval number:
Australian College of Applied Psychology 522180619

Investigators names and institutions:
Maria Fernanda Dominguez, ACAP
Dr Nicholas Harris, ACAP
Dr Lisa Williams, UNSW

Investigators contact details:
vrpsychologyacap@gmail.com

More information: 
https://tinyurl.com/y3tm9ll8

Project end date:
November 2019 

Living with Obesity

This intervention will train men and women with obesity and eating pathology on psychological and cognitive skills to help improve their eating behaviours, mood and stress to aid in weight loss. To find out more information and to register your interest to participate, contact Dr Raman on jayanthi.raman@acap.edu.au or 0431 321 335.

HREC name and approval number:
Australian College of Applied Psychology 473030419

Investigator name and institution:
Dr Jayanthi Raman, ACAP

Investigators contact details and for more information:
jayanthi.raman@acap.edu.au, 0431 321 335

Revising the Gender Identity Scale: Inclusion of Fluidity in Measurement

The way a person’s gender identity develops is complicated, suggesting new methodology is required to understand increasingly complex identities. The recently developed Gender Identity Scale (GIS) has been shown by initial testing with gender-diverse participants to accurately measure three constructs which form gender identity: masculinity, femininity, and identification with other genders. This attempts to capture any possible gender identity independently of ever-evolving labels. The current study will expand upon this by adding a fourth construct to measure fluidity (the degree of changeability in a person’s gender identity), and by testing this revised version in the broader cisgender as well as gender-diverse populations. The effectiveness of this will be tested by comparing participant’s GIS scores with responses to a related measure, with the results analysed using Latent Class Analysis and Chi-square Analysis. Using the GIS in research will prevent gender-diverse individuals from being misrepresented or excluded from participating in studies.

HREC name and approval number:
Navitas Professional Human Research & Ethics Committee 533170719

Investigators' names and institutions:
Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry
Sam Victory

Investigators contact details:
GIS.R.Study@gmail.com

More information: 
Revising the Gender Identity Scale

Project end date: 
13 October 2019

Attitudes towards Medically Assisted Reproduction

The topic of fertility and assisted pregnancy can be a difficult one to discuss. Current research at the Australian College of Applied Psychology explores these concepts and we welcome your input to help us better understand attitudes towards medically assisted reproduction. The researchers are looking for a wide variety of responses, and there are no right or wrong answers. All responses are anonymous, 'agree/disagree' style questions and you can decide to quit at any time if you feel uncomfortable continuing. If you would like to participate and are aged 18 years or more, please click on this link.

HREC name and approval number: 
Navitas Professional Human Research and Ethics Committee 484010519

Investigators' names and institutions:
Dr Staci Vicary
Carolin Hayes 

Investigators contact details:
staci.vicary@acap.edu.au

More information: 
Attitudes towards medically assisted reproduction

Project end date: 
30 November 2019

An investigation of Stress and Cognition

Have you ever noticed that when you feel stressed you can't quite think straight? We know that stress has a huge impact on our minds & body. Our new research looks at how stress impacts cognitive abilities such as thinking, planning, and remembering. We are calling for participants to take part in a short multi-part online study, available at this link.

Participants will play some games online and listen to some audio clips. All participants who complete the study are eligible to enter the draw for 1 of 5 $50 Coles/Myer vouchers! Participation is completely online, done at a time of your choosing and all responses are anonymous. The study occurs online over 4 days. You can decide to quit at any time should you wish to. NOTE: Participants need to be aged 18 years or more and can read and write in English.

HREC name and approval number:
Navitas Professional Human Research and Ethics Committee 483010519

Investigators' names and institutions:
Dr Staci Vicary, Australian College of Applied Psychology
Jacqueline Ward, Australian College of Applied Psychology

Investigators contact details:
staci.vicary@acap.edu.au

More information: 
An investigation of Stress and Cognition

Project end date: 
30 November 2019

Exploring the Relationship Between Motivators of Workplace and Leisure-time Creativity

Are you creative at in your down time at home? Have you ever thought about whether you are creative at work? The aim of this project is to find out what motivates people to be creative in different environments. You don’t need to be a “creative person” to complete this survey. Our definition of creativity is broad, ranging from participation in creative hobbies during leisure-time, to coming up with novel and useful ideas at work. The survey is open to everyone over the age of 18 years, and is completely anonymous. If you are interested in participating, please click on the More Information link below.

HREC name and approval number:
Navitas Professional Human Research and Ethics Committee 489080519 

Investigators names and institutions:
Dr Staci Vicary, Australian College of Applied Psychology
Trina Charnock, Australian College of Applied Psychology 

Investigators' contact details:
GIS.R.Study@gmail.com

More information: 
Exploring the Relationship Between Motivators of Workplace and Leisure-time Creativity

Project end date: 
30 November 2019

Practicing and provisional psychologists research initiative into uncertainty, anxiety and clinical confidence

“The willingness to consider possibility requires a tolerance of uncertainty” ― Rachel Naomi Remen

Psychology is not as clear as medicine - often there are no clear biological symptoms or causes of a disorder. Have you ever wondered how psychologist's manage the uncertainty and ambiguity of this role? This research project aims to provide insight into this question.

Part one is an online survey for practicing and provisional psychologists: https://acap.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bPiWzLbumbykrrL. The survey contains measures of uncertainty, anxiety and clinical confidence and takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey there is the option to enter a draw to win one of five $50 JB HI-FI gift vouchers.

Part two of the project is a semi-structured interview with provisional/practicing psychologists. The interview takes 15-30minutes to complete and focuses on experiences of managing uncertainty within one’s professional practice. Interviews are conducted over Zoom/Skype or face-to-face in Sydney. 

Participants can either do part one or part two of the project – undertaking both is not necessary.

For more information contact Dr Elly Quinlan on Elly.Quinlan@acap.edu.au