Current Studies

How Imagination Impacts Information Processing

The Traumatic Stress Clinic at Westmead and UNSW (Randwick) is currently conducting research aimed at learning how people cope with difficult events. 

Who can participate?

The Traumatic Stress Clinic at Westmead and UNSW (Randwick) is looking for people (18 years+) who have experienced a traumatic event (such as an accident, assault, natural disaster) at least one month ago.

What does participation in this research require, and are there any risks involved?

If you are eligible to take part in the research study, you will attend one session that will last 1 hour (at either Randwick or Westmead). You will be asked to answer a questionnaire about your reaction to trauma and complete the following tasks:

Computer Tasks: This involves pressing keys on a keyboard to measure response speed, a sorting task, and answering some questions about your mood.

Imagination Task: This will involve thinking about your traumatic event and also thinking of people you know. During this task, you will also have your heart rate recorded.

Risks: Thinking about a traumatic event can be distressing but this is normally temporary. You will do this with a clinical psychologist, who can assist you with any distress.

You will be reimbursed $50 for your time.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please give us a call on (02) 8627 3314 or send us an email via the 'Contact Us' page.

This study has been approved by the UNSW School of Psychology Human Research Ethics Committee. Study number: HC16216