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Participate in ERICCA research

ERICCA is looking for volunteers to take part in a number of studies. 

Emotion in psychosis study: Exploring how our emotions affect our everyday thoughts and perceptions

We are interested in the emotional factors which may influence the everyday thoughts and perceptions of patients with severe mental health conditions. we are also interested in whether any differences in how people experience and deal with their emotions in day-to-day life can be linked to events they may have experienced in childhood.


In order to understand this we first need to study how individuals in the general population deal with their emotions and thoughts. It is hoped that patterns highlighted in a study of healthy individuals may be useful in understanding the difficulties experiences by individuals with a diagnosis of a severe mental health condition. In the long term it is hoped that this research will contribute to the improvement of healthcare for people who experience clinical symptoms.


The study consists of online standard healthcare questionnaires spanning a number of topics including early adversity, attachment relationships, mood and thinking styles. All data we collect will be entirely anonymous. If you’d like to know more, visit the study website here.

Childhood experiences, beliefs about self and others, and paranoia: A research study

Are you currently receiving care from an NHS Mental Health Team in Scotland? Do you crrently experience paranoia or believe that other people intend to cause you harm?

Research has suggested that there may be a link between childhood experiences and paranoia however the factors that might explain this relationship are still poorly understood.

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study exploring experiences during childhood, experience of paranoia and the psychological factors that might explain this relationship. A poster describing the research is available here, and a participant information sheet is available here.

The study will take between 1 hour and 1.5 hours. You can split this into two meetings if you would prefer. If you would like further information about this study, please contact David Carmichael on 0131 537 6905 or by email.


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