Research participants needed for UCT sleep and health study


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Oct 7, 2018
We are looking for individuals willing to volunteer their time toward a novel study at the UCT Division of Exercise & Sports Medicine at the Sports Science Institute in Newlands, Cape Town.

The purpose of this study is to characterize and understand the relationship between the health status, sleep patterns and mental performance of adult computer gamers (see attachment for detail)

You can participate in this study if you:
  • Are male
  • Are aged between 18 and 30 years
  • Have a regular, full-time job
  • Do not play games at all, or you do not play games for more than 2 hours per week
  • Can visit our labs on two occasions for approximately 1h, between 8am and 1pm (Mon-Fri)

Unfortunately, you will not be able to participate if you:

  • Have worked any rotating or night-time shifts in the last 3 months
  • Have taken any of the following chronic medication in the last 3 months:
    • Antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa)
    • Stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin)
    • Depressants (Xanax, Benzodiazepine, Cannabis)
    • Melatonin, Prednisone, or sleeping pills (Zolpidem, Triazolam)
  • Have been medically diagnosed with any psychiatric or mental illness affecting sleep
  • Struggle with substance abuse
  • Are on vacation or long-term leave
  • Are caring for children living in your household under the age of 4 years.
What will happen if you decide to take part in this study?

Visit 1 (~1h) :

  1. Complete a series of electronic questionnaires detailing your personal details; medical history and current conditions; work; overall and mental health; habitual sleep; gaming activity; and video gaming addiction.
  2. Have your height, weight, waist circumference and blood pressure measured
  3. Donate a sample (10ml) of blood to assess your risk of heart disease and diabetes by looking at the levels of glucose and insulin.
  4. Wear a small sleep monitor on your wrist and keep a diary for seven full days to measure your sleep patterns and physical activity in your everyday routine.
Visit 2 (~45min) :
  1. Complete a simple mood state questionnaire
  2. Perform three computerized tests which measure various aspects of brain function (e.g. reaction time, alertness and vigilance; and executive function).
Are there any benefits to you for being in this study?
On completion of the study you will receive general study feedback and a personal report containing information regarding your mental performance, health and sleep patterns as measured during the study. You will also receive monetary reimbursement of R150 towards your time and travel expenses.

How do I register my interest to participate in this study?
If you meet the criteria and would like to participate, you may email and we will, after confirming your eligibility, give you an appointment date.

*We are only recruiting non-gamers (which is our control group) as we have met our quota for the gaming group.


  • Gaming study App1 ICF v1 - Shortened - Non-gamers.pdf
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