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About this study

Project Title: “Are Face Happy Neutral or Angry?"

Researcher: Dr Jason Tipples

Invitation to participate. The minimum age for participation in this study is 18. You are invited to take part in a research study.  Taking part is voluntary; it is up to you to decide whether to participate.  You need to understand what the research is about and what it will involve.  Please read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.  If anything is not clear to you or you would like more information, please ask.

What is the study about? This study is designed to examine how we judge faces as either Happy, Neutral, or Angry

Why am I doing the project? To gain further understanding of how we judge faces as either Happy, Neutral, or Angry

What will you have to do if you agree to take part? You will be asked to complete a face decision task in which you decide whether faces appear either Happy, Neutral, or Angry. You will complete the task by pressing specific keys on a keyboard (you must be using a laptop or PC). The task will take approximately 25 minutes

How much of your time will participation involve? The experiment should take approximately 30 minutes.

Will your participation in the project remain confidential? If you agree to take part, your name will not be recorded on the questionnaires and the information will not be disclosed to other parties. Your responses to the questions will be used for this project only. You can be assured that if you take part in the project, you will remain anonymous.

What are the advantages of taking part? You may find the project interesting as it relates to an issue that is a fundamental aspect of human behaviour. A short debrief will be given after the experiment (it will appear on the computer screen). You will learn about the research process.

Are there any disadvantages of taking part?

  1. Some of the faces will express unpleasant emotions. You may not like looking at them.

Confidential. All measures will be completely confidential – your name or other information will not be linked to the data, nor will your data be used in any way that might lead to adverse consequences for you).

Can I change my mind? Yes, you can stop taking part in the study at any time. You can do this without any negative consequences, and you do not need to provide a reason.

Having your data withdrawn. You can also ask for all your data to be destroyed. If you would like to withdraw your data, you will be given a link at the end of the experiment, you must complete this before 04/09/2024 if you wish to have your data destroyed.

Who can I contact for further information? Researcher:  Dr Jason Tipples

If you wish to talk to an independent representative within the university and someone who is outside of this research study, please contact Dr John Fulton (chair of the ethics committee) by email:


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Consent Form

I confirm that I have read and understood the information sheet for the above study and understand what is expected of me.

I confirm that I am over the age of 18.

I understand that my participation is completely voluntary.

I understand that I am free to stop the study at any time and I am free to withdraw my data from the study until 04/09/2024.

I am also aware that data collection is anonymous – my identity is not linked to the data.

I am also aware that I can have my data destroyed either by completing a form  (link will be given at the end of the experiment)

I confirm that I have been given the opportunity to ask questions regarding the study, and if asked, the questions were answered to my full satisfaction.

Data Protection Act

I understand that data collected from me during this study will be stored on a computer and that any computer files containing information about me will be made anonymous. I also understand that this consent form will be stored separately from any data that I provide.

I agree to Sunderland University recording and processing my data and that these data will be used solely by the researcher, and may be presented in other academic forums (e.g., academic journals, at conferences, or in teaching) and will be stored in anonymized form (your ID is not stored or taken so not available to others). I understand that my data will be used only for these purposes and my consent is conditional upon the University complying with its duties and obligations under the Data Protection Act.

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