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A defendants influence on mock-juror punitive decision making
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Information Sheet
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 factors of the defendant that can have an effect on mock-juror’s punitive decision making.
Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because I require both male and female participants aged 18 or over that identify as either White British or Black British to take part in this study. We are hoping to recruit 120 participants 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. You can decide not to take part or to withdraw from the study at any point until 7 days from when you took part. If you wish to have your data withdrawn please contact the researcher with your unique participant identification code and your data will then not be used.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 to given an on-screen demographic-background questionnaire to identify your gender, age and race. You will then be tasked with reading a case vignette describing a violent crime which will take up to 5 minutes to read. Following the vignette, you will be presented with a questionnaire that will involve an initial attention check, followed by questions on whether you think the defendant is guilty, how long their sentence should be and how confident you are with your decision. The data-collection will take place online, therefore the research will be carried out wherever your computer may be located. Data will be recorded and stored on an encrypted memory stick for 2 years after data collection to allow for the option of developing the study for publication

Are there any disadvantages risks to taking part?
The research may be sensitive as you are tasked with reading a transcript from a violent crime. If you do feel that you need to contact somebody following this study, University of Worcester student support and well-being services are available at first point which is open Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm, and is situated in the Pierson Study and Guidance Centre on St Johns Campus. If you are not a student, services such as Samaritans can be contacted on their website www.samaritans.org or contact them on 116 123

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 7 months after the project ends in July 2019 and then securely disposed of. The research data will be securely stored on an encrypted memory stick 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 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 Project’s Supervisor in accordance with UoW Ethics Policy, as administered by the Health and Social Sciences Research Ethics Council

What happens to the information I provide?
The University of Worcester is carrying out this research. The findings of this study may be published in academic journals or at conferences. In accordance of GDPR guidelines, the processing of this data is necessary for tasks in the public interest. Please note that the University of Worcester is the Data Controller and details of how we process your data, including how long we retain it, and your rights, are detailed on https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/visitor-privacy-notice.html

Thank you for taking the time to read this information

If you decide to take part or you have any questions, concerns or complaints about this study please contact one of the research team using the details below.

Student researcher
Josh Evans

Dr. Gillian Harrop
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Institute of Health and Society
University of Worcester

If you would like to speak to an independent person who is not a member of the research team, please contact Karen Dobson at the University of Worcester, using the following details:

Karen Dobson
Research Knowledge and Exchange Facilitator
University of Worcester
Henwick Grove
Worcester WR2 6AJ
01905 855518