Touch & Skin Hydration: Emotional Responses

Participants Wanted For Neuroscience Research

We are seeking women, aged at least 18 years old, to participate in a study that aims to understand more about our perception of touch – and how this is altered by cosmetics, like skin creams.

Participants will need to attend a two hour laboratory session at Liverpool John Moores University (Byrom Street, L3 3AF), and will be reimbursed for their time (£20 in Amazon vouchers).

Before you decide to take part, it is very important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve.

Please take time to read the participant information sheet, and do not hesitate to ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like to know more. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Participant Information Sheet

Contact for further information:

Adarsh Makdani
School of Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University Research Ethics Committee Approval Reference: 20/NSP/044

You have been invited because you have already expressed an interest in our study, or because we believe you may be eligible and interested in participating.

Volunteers aged 18-60 needed: Neural mechanisms of touch processing in adults

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study, investigating the brain mechanisms associated with the processing of touch in adults. We are currently looking for participants, aged 18‐60, who have not been diagnosed with a developmental condition such as autism spectrum disorder. Participation will take no more than 2 hours and you will receive an Amazon gift voucher for your time.

If you decide to complete the study, you will be asked some questions about yourself, including questions about your medical history including any medication you might currently be taking. You will then be required to complete a simple task, which involves soft brush strokes being applied to your forearm. During the task, your brain activity will be measured using an elasticated cap filled with small sensors, the process to attach this cap and ensure good connections can take up to 30 minutes to ensure maximum data collecting potential. At the end of the study you will then be asked to complete a couple of questionnaires relating to touch and personality.

We cannot include you in this study if:

  • You have a condition affecting the brain, spinal column or nerves caused by injury or illness such as traumatic brain injury, stroke or paralysis.
  • You have a visual impairment that is not fully corrected by contact lenses or glasses.
  • You are currently taking any of the following medications: analgesics, psychotropics, sedatives or sleeping aids.
  • You are not aged between 18 and 60 years old.

If you would like to participate or have any further questions please email the address below.

Mr. Connor Haggarty (Principle Investigator, Ph.D student) on:

Thank you

This study has been approved by Liverpool John Moores Research Ethics Committee (ref: 16/NSP/001).