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Letters / Shetland residents encouraged to complete online survey

I’m a master’s psychology student, studying at Goldsmith’s University in London.

For my final dissertation, I’m conducting a study which looks how where we live affects how we see the world – specifically, how the urbanisation of our environment affects how we visually process scenes.

I’m currently recruiting participants from Shetland to complete a survey for this study. It takes less than 10 minutes and involves questions about where you live, your relationship with nature, and a short shape-matching task.

Participants can enter a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher!

Participation is anonymous and the survey must be completed on a desktop computer or laptop. For those interested, there is a link at the foot of this letter.

This research is based on that of my supervisor, who found differences between how people from an isolated tribe in Northern Namibia and people from western cities process visual scenes. I was curious as to how these differences might carry over to people from more rural and isolated western communities.

My partner and his family have a house in Roesound, near Reawick, family members who have lived here for decades, and I have visited Shetland regularly over the past seven years, so I thought it would be ideal to recruit Shetland residents to participate in the study.

For the past two weeks or so, I’ve distributed over 500 leaflets through doors.

I need at least 75 participants, but thus far unfortunately have only 12! I’m starting panic a little, so if you or anyone you know might be able to complete the survey, I would greatly appreciate it.

If you’re over 18 and live in Shetland, please consider participating by going to this link.

For more information, please feel free to email

Thank you!

Rachel Kenyon

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