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Participant Information Sheet

 

Project Title: Examining Preferences for Facial Characteristics

What is the study about? The study investigates the preferences for certain facial characteristics and individual factors. Partner choices vary substantially and we would like to understand which traits and thoughts influence these differences. The whole experiment will last approximately 10 minutes. The study is being conducted as part of the researchers’ PhD project for the School of Psychology, University of St Andrews.

Do I have to take Part? No. This information sheet has been written to help you decide if you would like to take part.   It is up to you and you alone whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be free to withdraw at any time without providing a reason.  

What would I be required to do? You will be asked several personal questions, such as your age, sexual orientation, and other questions. Additionally, you will be presented with scenarios intended to determine your style of thinking. For instance, you will be asked to imagine yourself in a lifestyle different to your own and then to write about living in such a lifestyle. You will then be asked to make face judgments (e.g. selecting which face is more attractive). You can omit questions you feel uncomfortable with.

Will my participation be Anonymous and Confidential? Only the researcher(s) and supervisor(s) will have access to the data which will be kept confidential. Your identity or IP address will not be revealed to anyone whatsoever, and all reference to you will be of a generic nature. IP addresses will be recorded initially, numbers will be assigned to each questionnaire and then the IP addresses will be destroyed. You should note that this experiment is not being run from a "secure" https-server of the kind typically used to handle credit card transactions. This means that there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties. Your permission maybe sought in the Participant Consent form for the data you provide, which will be confidential, to be used for future scholarly purposes.

Storage and Destruction of Data Collected. The data we collect will be accessible by the researchers and supervisor involved in this study only, unless explicit consent for wider access is given by means of the consent form. The data will be stored in a password-protected database in a confidential format. Scientific journals require data and materials to be kept for a minimum of 5 years after publication.  Data can be a valuable resource for future studies; therefore, we ask your consent to maintain it.  Again, we stress that all information is kept confidential, and the analyses of data are done without knowledge of individual identities.

What will happen to the results of the research study? The results will be finalised by 2016 and written up as part of the lead researcher’s PhD thesis.

Are there any potential risks to taking part? It is not expected that any damage or harm will be caused by taking part but there is a small risk that you might experience discomfort due to some of the questions, for instance your sexual orientation. However, you can omit questions you feel uncomfortable with.

Consent and Approval. This research proposal has been scrutinised and been granted Ethical Approval through the University ethical approval process.

What should I do if I have concerns about this study? A full outline of the procedures governed by the University Teaching and Research Ethical Committee is available at www.st-andrews.ac.uk/utrec/complaints/

Questions. If you have any questions about this study, the results or your involvement, please feel free to email the head researcher.

Contact Details

Researcher: Carlota Batres.Contact Details: email: jcb23@st-andrews.ac.uk ,

Supervisor: Prof. David I. Perrett. Contact Details: email: dp@st-andrews.ac.uk , phone: 01334 463044.

Consent. The purpose of this form is to ensure that you are willing to take part in this study and to let you understand what it entails. Your consent does not commit you to anything you do not wish to do and you are free to withdraw at any stage. Material gathered during this research will be treated as confidential and securely stored. Your IP address is the only means to identify your data. It will be not be revealed to anyone whatsoever, and all reference to your data will be of a generic nature. Your IP address will be recorded initially, a number will be assigned to your questionnaire and then the IP address will be destroyed. Please answer each statement concerning the collection and use of the research data.

Please read the following consent statements: 

I have read and understood the information sheet.

Yes

No

I have been given the contact information required to ask questions about the study.

Yes

No

If I asked any questions, I have had my questions answered satisfactorily.

Yes

No

I understand that I can withdraw from the study at any time without having to give an explanation.

Yes

No

I understand that my data will be kept confidential and that only the researcher(s) and supervisor will have access.

Yes

No

I agree to my data (in line with conditions outlined above) being archived and used for further research projects / by other bona fide researchers.

Yes

No

I agree to take part in the study.

Yes

No

 

 

 

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