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About this survey




How do you perceive sensations in your body?


You are invited to take part in a research study on how we perceive sensations in our body. The investigator is Miss Myrto Efstathiou. The research is supervised by Dr Anna Sedda and Dr Louise Delicato. The project has been approved by the School of Social Sciences Ethics Committee at Heriot-Watt University.


In this study, you will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires and behavioural tasks.

First, we will ask you a series of questions to determine whether you can take part in the study at the present time.

Please note that participants can take part if they do not have any of the following: a neurological condition (e.g. epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke), a medical condition (e.g. heart condition, diabetes, arthritis), mobility difficulties for hands and feet, visual and hearing problems which they cannot be corrected with use of aids, presence of a mental health condition (e.g. depression, anxiety, drug/alcohol addiction) diagnosed from a healthcare professional, and/or use of psychoactive/psychotropic medication within the past 3 months. We will explain the reasoning behind those questions at the end of the survey.
Next, we will ask you about your age, sex, gender, habits (e.g. exercising), health and about your hand and foot preference.  After this, you will complete two tasks, always presented in random order. In one of the tasks you will be asked to indicate a visual target in the screen by pressing the Z and M key.  In another task, you will be asked about your own experience with spontaneous sensations in your body, in the past and in the present moment.

For each task, you will be presented with specific instructions and you will also take several breaks during the experiment. For the duration of the study, we kindly ask you to sit in a comfortable environment, preferably away from distractions. You will need access to a laptop or a desktop computer as the tasks require a response using a keyboard. Finally, you will need a pair of headphones.


The aim of the study is to explore how we perceive sensations in our body.

The study typically takes up to 1 hour to complete.

You may decide to stop being a part of the research study at any time without explanation. You have the right to ask that any data you have supplied to that point be withdrawn. You have the right to omit or refuse to answer or respond to any question that is asked of you.

There are no known benefits or risks for you in this study.

Your participation in this study is voluntary. As a thank you for taking part in our study, you are welcome to enter your email address at the end of the experiment for a chance to win one of our 5 shopping vouchers, with 2 vouchers of £30, 2 vouchers of £50 and one voucher of £100.

Heriot-Watt University is the data controller for the personal data collected in this project.

We will collect and use your personal data for this project only with your consent. You can withdraw your consent at any time until the data is fully anonymised by contacting the researcher, supervisor or the data protection team.

We will keep your personal data securely and ensure that no one will link the research data you provide to any identifying information you may supply.

Once we have analysed the information you provide, we will completely anonymise your personal data so that it will not be possible to identify you from any information in the remaining dataset. After the project ends, we may use the anonymous dataset in a postgraduate research thesis and for research outputs such as articles and conference presentations.

If you would like to know more about what Heriot-Watt University does with your personal data and your rights under privacy law, please visit our data protection web pages at or contact our Data Protection Officer by email at



Contact information

Information about this study:

Miss Myrto Efstathiou will be glad to answer your questions about this study and provide additional information on results if requested. You may contact her at or +44 (0) 777 866 3102

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By clicking the button below, you are agreeing that:

·         You have read and understand the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form

·         You understand that there are no expected potential risks to you in your participation

·         You are taking part in this research study voluntarily (without coercion or remuneration).

·         You consent for any personal data1 collected to be used as part of this study.

·         Any questions you may have about your participation in this study have been answered satisfactorily

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Important data protection information

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