Psychological Research

Claudia has been one of the pioneers of large scale research with the media. Using her background in psychology and her extensive media experience, she collaborates with academics and the media on research where access to a big audience means that large numbers of people can take part. Claudia ensures that the research is both engaging for the audience and scientifically useful for the academics. She has worked on three big studies, and has been consulted by researchers in other countries wanting to embark on similar research, including a team at the University of Copenhagen.

Psychological Research

Claudia has been one of the pioneers of large scale research with the media. Using her background in psychology and her extensive media experience, she collaborates with academics and the media on research where access to a big audience means that large numbers of people can take part. Claudia ensures that the research is both engaging for the audience and scientifically useful for the academics. She has worked on three big studies, and has been consulted by researchers in other countries wanting to embark on similar research, including a team at the University of Copenhagen.

Artwork illustrating the BBC Loneliness Experiment

The BBC Loneliness Experiment

In 2018, 55,000 people from around the world chose to take part in the BBC Loneliness Experiment, making it the world’s largest ever study on loneliness.

The team was led by Professor Pamela Qualter from the University of Manchester, and the chief collaborators were Professor Manuela Barreto from Exeter University and Professor Christina Victor from Brunel University.

The study was funded by the Wellcome Trust. Several papers are currently in preparation for submission to journals.

Claudia Hammond

The Rest Test

The Rest Test, conducted in 2016, is the world’s largest ever study on rest. It was launched on All in the Mind on BBC Radio 4, in collaboration with Wellcome Collection, Hubbub and Durham University.

Claudia was Associate Director of Hubbub, the first holders of the Wellcome Collection’s £1 million Hub grant, where a group of interdisciplinary researchers was in residence on the top floor of the Wellcome Collection for almost two years, investigating the topic of rest.

The research team for the Rest Test was led by Professor Felicity Callard and the chief collaborators were Charles Fernyhough, Ben Alderson-Day, Giulia Poerio and Gemma Lewis. With input from the wider group of collaborators at Hubbub, they developed a questionnaire asking people what rest meant to them, how they rested and whether they would like more rest. A paper is currently in preparation for submission to a scientific journal.

Artwork illustrating the BBC Loneliness Experiment

The BBC Loneliness Experiment

In 2018, 55,000 people from around the world chose to take part in the BBC Loneliness Experiment, making it the world’s largest ever study on loneliness.

The team was led by Professor Pamela Qualter from the University of Manchester, and the chief collaborators were Professor Manuela Barreto from Exeter University and Professor Christina Victor from Brunel University.

The study was funded by the Wellcome Trust. Several papers are currently in preparation for submission to journals.

Claudia Hammond

The Rest Test

The Rest Test, conducted in 2016, is the world’s largest ever study on rest. It was launched on All in the Mind on BBC Radio 4, in collaboration with Wellcome Collection, Hubbub and Durham University.

Claudia was Associate Director of Hubbub, the first holders of the Wellcome Collection’s £1 million Hub grant, where a group of interdisciplinary researchers was in residence on the top floor of the Wellcome Collection for almost two years, investigating the topic of rest.

The research team for the Rest Test was led by Professor Felicity Callard and the chief collaborators were Charles Fernyhough, Ben Alderson-Day, Giulia Poerio and Gemma Lewis. With input from the wider group of collaborators at Hubbub, they developed a questionnaire asking people what rest meant to them, how they rested and whether they would like more rest. A paper is currently in preparation for submission to a scientific journal.

Preliminary results for The Rest Test are available in:

Hammond, C. & Lewis, G. (2016) The Rest Test: Preliminary Findings from a Large-Scale International Survey on Rest. In Callard, F. et al (Eds.) The Restless Compendium: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and its OppositesLondon: Palgrave Pilot.

Claudia is the author of a new book, The Art of Rest: how to find respite in the modern age, published by Canongate on Dec 5th 2019.

The next study launches in Jan 2020.

Preliminary results for The Rest Test are available in:

Hammond, C. & Lewis, G. (2016) The Rest Test: Preliminary Findings from a Large-Scale International Survey on Rest. In Callard, F. et al (Eds.) The Restless Compendium: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and its OppositesLondon: Palgrave Pilot.

Claudia is the author of a new book, The Art of Rest: how to find respite in the modern age, published by Canongate on Dec 5th 2019.

The next study launches in Jan 2020.