Project title: Leadership judgments
What is the study about? The study investigates judgements of facial characteristics.
Do I have to take part? Your participation is entirely voluntary and you have the right to withdraw at any time during the experiment without providing an explanation. You may also refuse to answer any questions should you feel any unease.
What will I be required to do? You will be required to evaluate images of faces. In each trial, you will be presented with images of people and asked to make personality judgments. You will also be required to answer questions concerning demographics (age and gender) and your self-perceived attractiveness and self-perceived dominance.
Will my participation be anonymous and confidential? Only the researchers and supervisors 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 participant, 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; therefore, there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties. Your permission may be sought in the Participant Consent section 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 supervisors involved in this study only, unless explicit consent for wider access is given by means in the Participant Consent section. Your data will be stored in a coded format on a computer system for at least 5 years before being destroyed. All data will remain in an anonymised format on an external hard drive in the Perception Lab, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews.
What will happen to the results of the research study? The results will be finalised by summer 2012 and may be written up for scientific journals.
Reward: There is no reward for your participation.
Are there any potential risks in taking part? There are no significant risks in taking part in the experiment. You will be asked some personal questions, though none are particularly intimate, and the faces that you view will be unfamiliar.
Questions: If you have any questions about this study, the results, or your involvement, please feel free to contact the researchers.
Consent and approval: This research has been scrutinised and granted Ethical Approval through the University of St Andrews 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: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/utrec/complaints/
Researchers: Daniel Re (email@example.com)
Supervisors: Prof. David Perrett (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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