Covid research and resources
We have collated relevant material to direct you to external resources and guidelines.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had far reaching consequences for everyone.
This also includes the academic departments, staff and students in psychology and their research.
To support researchers during the difficult and changing times, a working group of the Research Board supported efforts to bring together resources available online, to provide them in one singular location.
We have also utilised some existing sets of guidance, protocols, standard operating procedures, and request forms to create generic templates that can be used.
Recent BPS guidance on ethics and research during Covid-19 is also included.
In addition to the resources provided by the society, you should make every effort to stay up to date with and abide by the guidelines set out by the UK government, the NHS, and other public health bodies.
- UK government guidelines
- NHS guidelines for the public
- NHS guidelines for clinicians
- Public Health England guidelines
- WHO: mental health and psychosocial considerations during the Covid-19 outbreak
- WHO: guide to preventing and addressing social stigma associated with Covid-19
- Young Person's Mental Health Toolkit
The aim of this section is to signpost external online resources to support researchers in conducting or restarting their research of Covid-19.
Ethics guidance for both online research and for research of Covid-19 are provided as well as templates for restarting research involving human participants.
To submit links or further information, please contact the Research team.
We are keen to support the research community and hope these resources are useful.
Ethics for online research
In this document we outline some of the key ethics issues which researchers and research ethics committees are advised to keep in mind when considering implementing or evaluating an IMR study, as well as what special considerations may apply.
Ethics for research during Covid-19
This document outlines the considerations and aims to assist researchers in recognising ethical practice issues during these unique circumstances.
Tips on maintaining wellbeing for qualitative researchers - Cook & Woof
This article, which originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of QMiP Bulletin, presents a number of anonymised quotes from wellbeing group members along with some tips, tricks, guidance and advice for maintaining wellbeing as a qualitative researcher.
Conducting qualitative research during a global pandemic - Victoria Woof
This articles outlines some of the issues surrounding qualitative research during the current pandemic, as well as offering some workable solutions and appraisals of data collection methodologies.
Conducting/Supervising Community-Oriented Psychology Research During Covid-19
This document comprises (1) pedagogical guidance, (2) research design resources, and (3) signposting to key ethics policies for use by student researchers and supervisors of community oriented psychology research.
Conducting High Impact Research With Limited Financial Resources (While Working from Home)
This paper discusses a range of ways in which high-quality research can be conducted without funding and face-to-face interactions.
Covid-19 Research Protocols
These protocols cover movement around the department and use of the laboratory and office space. They originated from the need to resume laboratory testing but are also applicable to staff and students who are entering the department for other purposes.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Testing of Healthy Participants
This document outlines the SOPs to be followed when testing healthy participants under the age of 70. It accompanies the Risk Assessment for Testing of Healthy Participants. These procedures refer to testing in ALL Psychology Department labs. All those running or supervising in person research within the department should familiarise themselves with this document while preparing to submit their ethics application to (re)start their projects.
Laboratory Clean-Down Procedures
This document provides a guidance template for the cleaning of all surfaces, furnishings, and equipment, along with how to keep an accurate cleaning record and allow sufficient time between lab sessions.
Psychology Department Re-Opening Information
This document outlines the principles and protocols that will enable the Psychology department to be reopened for research and teaching, commensurate with the timescale and operational constraints imposed by the on-going coronavirus situation, in addition to the established health and safety processes.
Request to Resume Face-to-Face Testing
This document provides a template which can be used by departments whose researchers wish to return to performing face-to-face assessments.
Restarting Research with Human Participants
This document provides guidance and a template for university departments whose students wish to apply for an exception/exemption to restart research with human participants.
Adapting Research Methodologies in the Covid-19 Pandemic: Resources for Researchers
The resources contained in the document are intended for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in social research at the stage of research design or data collection, and particularly for those involved in the research on ocean equity issues. Researchers at this stage may have originally relied on face-to-face forms of human interaction to collect their data and they can no longer do so due to the mobility restrictions in place worldwide. This document offers guidance on potentially useful methods to help redesign their projects.
Changing Social Research Practices in the Context of Covid-19: Rapid Evidence Review
The Rapid Evidence Review synthesises evidence available in academic publications from 2020 with the aim of charting how social research methods have been successfully adapted for, or designed for use within, the pandemic conditions of Covid-19.
A repository of online experiments for kids. Anyone can request to have an experiment uploaded here.
OSF Library of Remote Assessment Designs for Developmental Psychology
OSF library that aims to provide a place for researchers to share freely available and validated methods for the remote (e.g., online, phone, app etc.) collection of data from children and families.
Gorilla - Musings On Online Behavioural Research
A clearly laid out comparison of decision making around online tools.
PsyArXiv - The timing meda-study: comparing a range of experiment generators, both lab-based and online
A report on a wide-ranging study looking at the precision and accuracy of visual and auditory stimulus timing and response times, measured with a Black Box Toolkit, comparing comparing both lab-based and online experiments.
Cognitive Psychology Practicals Online Resource
Designed by George Lovell and Ken Scott-Brown of Abertay University.
- Runs in browser
- Video recording and eye-tracking available simultaneously
- Infant friendly ET available
- Free online support via chat
- Allows multiple sessions for same participant with reminder sent by email
- You can import other studies and use them as templates
- There are several guides and displays
- User-friendly and compact GUI
- Different prices for different packages
- Free user version comes with limitations
- Runs on different operating systems
- User-friendly and compact GUI (similar to E-prime)
- Tree-displayed experiment structure
- You get links to the server hosting the experiment
- Runs on different operating systems
- Good GUI
- Many options selectable from GUI (more than OpenSesame), but need to know how to use them
- Linearly-displayed experiment structure
- Free, however payment is needed for Pavlovia Participant Credits (£0.20 per participant)
- Site License: £1500 per year
- Runs entirely on a browser (designed for online experiences!)
- Good GUI
- Promising for reaction time
- Possibility to include external libraries type Webgazer for eye-tracking
- Possible to collaborate with others
- You can build both tasks and questionnaires that can be grouped in a single experimental protocol
- There are several guides and video tutorials
Academic: number of respondents (Ns): N = 100 €91,00 + €20,02 VAT; +10 extra tokens free
Commercial: number of respondents (Ns): N = 100 €242,00 + €53,24 VAT; +10 extra tokens free
- Open source
- Intuitive language
- Technical support of the team for Java script et similar
- Possibility of greater support with payment
- Possibility to pay participants
- Free but also premium option available (10$ al mese)
- Experimental webcam-based platform
- Webcam eye-tracking
- Designed for studying the position of the users' gaze in web pages
- Automatic coding of video captured with webcam
- Ok for looking versus not looking
- Identify objects, people, text, scenarios and activities in images and videos
- Free for a certain period (about 12 months, depending on the package) but with restrictions in terms of the amount of data analysed. Otherwise, payment needed
Additional online tools
PsyToolkit is a free-to-use toolkit for demonstrating, programming, and running cognitive-psychological experiments and surveys, including personality tests. PsyToolkit is frequently used for academic studies, for student projects, and for teaching cognitive and personality psychology.
Tellab Experiments aim to empower undergraduates and young researchers to design psychology experiments and to design well-made experiments for students to participate in and modify. Any TELLab experiment can be copied, edited, and tweaked in TELLab editor space.
StimuliApp is a free app designed to create psychophysical tests with precise timing on iOS and iPadOS devices.
Following discussions at the BPS’s Research Board and Education & Training Board regarding the impact that the pandemic was having in universities, it was decided that it was important to learn more about how this has affected staff and students alike and what the medium- and longer-term challenges may be. This would then help us to better understand how the BPS can support academic staff and students to facilitate teaching and research in ‘the new normal’.