Participant Information Sheet
Title of Project: Does Mindfulness affect performance on an online game?
I would like to invite you to take part in a research project. Before you decide whether to take part it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read this carefully and ask the researcher if you have any questions. Talk to others about the study if you wish.
What is the purpose of the study?
This study aims to look at Mindfulness and how people play an online game.
Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because I require both Male and Female Participants. I am hoping to recruit Participants of the age of 18 and over for this study.
Do I have to take part?
No. It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to take part in this study. Please take your time to decide. You can decide not to take part or to withdraw from the study at any point until 28 days. If you wish to have your data withdrawn, please contact the researcher with your participant number and your data will then not be used. If you do decide to take part, you will be asked to sign and return a consent form.
What will happen to me if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part you will be sent a document to complete and return a Short 15 item MAAS (Mindful Attention and Awareness) scale. After this you will be given a link to the online game which you will be advised to take part in your own time and in a quite area. There is no specific time limit of completion, you are only required to spend between 1 and 30 minutes maximum playing the game. Finally, you will be asked to record and provide the length of time spent playing the game along with the number of correct responses you had achieved on completion.
Are there any disadvantages risks to taking part?
There are no potential risks within the study. But if you do experience any form of stress or discomfort, you may wish to contact the University of Worcester Counselling and Mental Health service through the “self referral form:
Will the information I give stay confidential?
Everything you say/report is confidential. The information you give may be used for a research report, but it will not be possible to identify you from our research report or any other dissemination activities. Personal identifiable information e.g. name and age will be securely stored and kept for up to 6 Months after the project ends, and then securely disposed of afterwards. The research data will be securely stored and may be used for further research purposes.
What will happen to the results of the research study?
This research is being carried out as part of my “Psychology Undergraduate Research project”. At the University of Worcester. The findings of this study will be reported as part of my dissertation and may also be published in academic journals or at conferences. If you wish to receive a summary of the research findings please contact the researcher.
Who is organising the research?
This research has been approved by the University of Worcester Institute of Health Ethics Committee.
What happens next?
Please keep this information sheet. If you do decide to take part, please contact the researcher via the university email address provided below.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information
If you have any further questions, concerns or complaints about this study please contact one of the research team using the details below.
If you would prefer to speak to an independent person who is not a member of the research team, please contact John-Paul Wilson at the University of Worcester, using the following details:
Graduate Research School
University of Worcester
Worcester WR2 6AJ