Below are a selection of current research projects that you can participate in.

Social media and crime survey

The aim of this survey is to explore some of the issues involved in social networking, particularly around police investigations and how the police engage with the public.

Test your face recognition

Are you a football fan?  If so (and even if you’re not), why not take part in this short face recognition study?  The aim of the study is to investigate people’s ability to recognise faces belonging to different groups; in this case, different football team supporters.  To explore this, you will be shown a series of football fans’ faces, which you will be asked to remember and later identify.  We recommend that you complete this study on a computer screen or tablet (as mobile phone screens may be too small). The study itself should take approximately 10-15 minutes, and can be accessed here:

Visual perception experiment

Here’s an opportunity for you to participate in some research being carried out here at the Open University! This short online experiment on visual perception will take you less than 10 minutes to complete. You’ll be asked to watch a video and then answer some questions about it. If you’d like to participate, please follow this link. All instructions are included within the experiment.

Survey on attitudes to, and expectations and experiences of police investigations

The Open University is conducting an online survey designed to explore the opinions people have about the police and what expectations they have about investigations. If you have witnessed a crime, regardless of whether the crime was investigated by the police or not, there are also questions about your experience. It is part of ongoing research, so please read the description provided in the link below carefully before consenting to participate:

Survey on Witnessing a Crime

Police Ethics

The aim of this research is to find out more about how the public view the police in terms of what behaviour is considered ethical. Through an online survey you will be provided with a series of 11 scenarios concerning the actions taken by a police officer and asked questions as to what your opinion is. It is part of ongoing research, so please read the description provided in the link below carefully before consenting to participate:

Survey on Police Ethics

Forensic Science in Crime Drama

In recent years, people have increasingly been exposed to depictions of forensic science, particularly in television series about police investigations. Most of these programmes, such as CSI, show a mixture of real forensic science techniques, exaggerations of real techniques, and fictional techniques made up for dramatic purposes. We are interested in how people perceive the realism of these TV portrayals of forensic science, and what people see as ‘realistic’ in crime dramas. If you would like to take part in the survey, then please click on the link below.

Survey on Forensic Science in Crime Drama