Participant Information Sheet
Title of Project: The Relationship between mood and eyewitness testimony.
We 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.
What is the purpose of the study?
This study aims to investigate the relationship between mood states and eyewitness memory.
Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because this study requires both males and females over the age of 18.
Do I have to take part?
No. It is up to you to decide whether 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 7 days after your participation. If you wish to have your data withdrawn please contact the researcher with your participant number and your data will then not be used.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 a consent form.
What will happen to me if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part you will be required to fill in online a mood scale the watch a short 30 second video, then you will be asked a series of questions about the video you have just watched, this will take approximately 15-20 minutes.
Are there any disadvantages risks to taking part?
There are no perceived risks associated with participating in this study.
Will the information I give stay confidential?
Everything you say/report is confidential unless you tell us something that indicates that you or someone else is at risk of harm. We would discuss this with you before telling anyone else. 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 contact details) will be securely stored and kept for up to 6 months after the project ends in May 2017 and then securely disposed of. 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 Forensic Psychology Degree 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.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information
If you decide to take part of you have any questions, concerns or complaints about this study please contact one of the research team using the details below.
Dr Gillian Harrop
If you would like 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