Alcohol, social interaction and comedy perception

Duration: 80 minutes (approximately)

Number of sessions: One

Location:Eleanor Rathbone Building

We are seeking mixed sex pairs of volunteers to take part. If you’re interested you must bring a friend of the opposite sex along with you and share the below information with them.

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Be Aged 18-25.
  • Fluent English speaker.
  • Drink at least 10 units of alcohol per week. For example, there are 10 units of alcohol in three and a half pints of lager OR five 175ml glasses of wine.
  • Provide a breathalyser reading of 0.0mg/l at the beginning of the study
  • Consume a light meal (i.e. not high in fat) approximately 1 hour before the study.

You cannot take part if any of the below is true:

  • You have ever received treatment for an alcohol problem (or are currently seeking treatment), or are currently aiming to reduce your drinking.
  • You are taking medication which may be affected by drinking alcohol (e.g. antidepressants, benzodiazepines), this includes cold and flu medicine such as paracetamol.
  • You are currently suffering from or recovering from any illness that may increase your sensitivity to alcohol, e.g. cold, flu.
  • If you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

Study description:

We are seeking mixed-sex (one male, one female) pairs of healthy volunteers to take part in a psychology experiment investigating the effect of alcohol and social interaction on comedy perception and expression.

Volunteers are required to attend laboratories in the School of Psychology, with a friend, on the University of Liverpool campus, for one experimental session, each lasting for approximately 80 minutes.

During this session you will both be asked to consume some alcohol, complete questionnaires about your TV viewing habits, alcohol consumption and personality. You will also complete a reaction time task and view a TV programme either together or separately.

While watching TV your emotional expressions will be recorded and analysed using a webcam.

Researcher: Graeme Knibb,

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