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Participants wanted for eye tracking study interested in mental health and body image

A study at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) researching life and body satisfaction is looking for participants.

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A study at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) researching life and body satisfaction is looking for participants.

The study aims to gain a better understanding of mental health, body and life satisfaction, and how this compares between trans and non-trans people.

Trans (male, female, non-binary, gender diverse) and cisgender (non trans) males aged 18-35 are particularly needed for the research.

To take part, participants will be asked to visit a lab at NTU City Campus. During the visit will be asked to look at 3D images of bodies and shapes whilst being eye tracked. They will then be asked to remember these images by taking part in a recognition task.

Participants will also be asked to complete a questionnaire about body satisfaction, mental health and life satisfaction.

The whole session will take around 1 hour and those taking part will receive a £10 Amazon voucher as a thank you.

Dr Beth Jones, lecturer in Psychology at NTU who is running the study said: “We are looking for more people, especially those who identify as trans or gender diverse to take part in this eye-tracking study.

“The findings of this research will fill a knowledge gap and tell us more about the body image and mental health of trans and gender diverse people and how this may differ to what we see among cisgender people. “

Anyone who is interested in taking part or would like more information should email Rosie Daly, research assistant, at

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2019 in the Guardian University Awards. The award was based on performance and improvement in the Guardian University Guide, retention of students from low-participation areas and attainment of BME students. NTU was also the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017, and The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience. The university has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

    It is one of the largest UK universities. With nearly 32,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. With an international student population of more than 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook. The university is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable NTU to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A total of 82% of its graduates go on to graduate entry employment or graduate entry education or training within six months of leaving. Student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 87% satisfaction score in the 2019 National Student Survey.

    NTU is also one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly universities, containing some of the sector’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.

    NTU is home to world-class research, and won The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 – the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage; enable safer production of powdered infant formula; and combat food fraud.

Published on 18 September 2019
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