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Designing for Experience Rather Than Appearance

We are currently conducting research at PEARL into reintroducing nature into cities and the resulting impact this can have on well-being.

We are searching for participants to take part in an experiment that will measure brain activity and physiological responses to various smells and sounds within a street setting.


As this experiment involves measuring brain activity and physiological responses to stimuli, it is important that you read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying.

Participants must:

· be aged between 18 and 40 years

· have self-reported normal hearing and sense of smell

· have normal or corrected-to-normal vision

Participants must not:

· be pregnant

· be menstruating at the time of the experiments

· have a cold, sinusitis or similar conditions affecting breathing and sense of smell

· take recreational or prescription drugs, or medication that affects the function of your sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system (e.g. beta-blockers or any anticholinergic, parasympathomimetic, sympatholytic or sympathomimetic drugs)

· have a diagnosed psychological, physiological or neurological disorder that could alter physiological, psychological or neural function

· have a fixed hairstyle such as hair extensions or wigs. This is because we need to be able to move individual hair strands to correctly fit the fNIRS cap for non-invasive measurements of brain activity. If you have particularly thick hair and are not sure if this might be a problem, please let us know.

Experiments will take approximately 2-hours to complete and will run between 6-10th March (you will only need to attend one session). If selected for the study, you will receive £50 compensation for your participation and travel costs. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

If you are interested in participating, please contact For more information, please click the information sheet below.

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Details on how to get to PEARL can be found here.

- The PEARL team

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