We asked HMRI Open Day attendees to participate in study so they could experience some of the elements involved in being a research volunteer for a clinical trial.

We designed this project to teach people about clinical trials and we based the activity on a real-life issue. People who spend a lot of time sitting at a desk can sometimes develop health problems. Some people who can do their jobs standing up say that they feel better about the work they are doing. We wanted to test whether the work people do while they are standing up is really as good as the work they do while they are sitting down. We used a computer program to randomly assign people to sit or stand, then we asked the to sort a bowl of mixed dried chick peas, red kidney beans and borlotti beans into three bowls. We recorded the time each person took to sort the beans, and the number of beans that were sorted into the wrong bowl (or that were dropped on the table or floor!).  We then asked the participants to tell us how they felt about sorting beans in their assigned position.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Here are the results....