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Are Dark Triad Traits adaptive? Facial symmetry, reaction time, and personality.



You are being asked to take part in a research study on the link between reaction times, facial symmetry, and personality traits. The present study forms part of a wider ethically-approved study currently being undertaken by the University of Bedfordshire. As such, your data may be included in published research in the future. You will be presented with relevant information on this topic and be asked to answer some questions about it. All information disclosed will be kept strictly confidential. As the study collects data which could be identifiable, you are required to give your informed consent for this study before it can begin.




You will be required to sign a consent form before the study can begin. Should you wish to withhold your full name, initials may be used, although we do require the last 4 digits of your student number and first three letters of your birth country in order to facilitate pairing the collected data with each participant.


Prior to the study, you will be asked to complete three questions regarding the background (age/sex/ethnicity) of yourself and both your parents. 


In this study, you will be asked to complete three tasks: (1) two questionnaires measuring your social behaviour, attitudes and personality; (2) reaction time tests. You will be required to sit at a computer and you to press the buttons to responding to visual stimuli as fast as you are able; and (3) a 3d scan of your face whilst eyes closed and wearing a bathing cap. The 3d scanner is eye safe, however it does produce bright lights so best to keep your eyes closed and if you have ever experience epilepsy to not participate in this study. 


Each stage will be completed once, and in the same order as listed above. After completing the final stage, 3D face modelling, participants will be given a debrief that reiterates the purpose of the study, as well as their right to withdraw their information at any time prior to 01/09/18. Participants will also be given the contact details of the researcher should they wish to raise any queries. Finally, participant will be informed that they will be able to access a copy of the study upon completion.



The study should typically take no more than 20 minutes, and all data will be collected in one session. 


Participation in this research is voluntary, and you may stop being a part of the research study at any time without explanation and without penalty prior to 01/09/18. You have the right to ask that any data you have supplied to that point be withdrawn/destroyed.


You have the right to have your questions about the procedures answered (unless answering these questions would interfere with the study’s outcome). If you have any questions as a result of reading this information sheet, you should ask the researcher before the study begins. If you would like to discuss the nature of the research further, please e-mail or supervisor




Risks:The psychometric and reaction time task will require you to sit at and use a desktop computer, and such will incur no greater risk than what would be ordinarily encountered participating in such activities. Completing the psychometric test will require the answering of some questions which you may find personal. Should you not wish to answer these questions or continue with the study, you have the right to withdraw from the study at any time, and without consequence. The face scanning will require you to wear a swimming cap and sit still for a short period of time (i.e., 2 to 3 minutes) and carries with it the risk of a small amount of discomfort. The completion of all activities will incur a minimal time cost and requires a minimal amount of effort. The requirements of this study require the data to be stored with an identifier (last 4 digits of your student number and first three digits of your country of birth) for the purposes of accurate retrieval and facilitate matching of data with the facial models. All data will be stored confidentially.

Benefits: You will receive information on your reaction time and further reading on the research topic.  







In order to align the psychometric and reaction time results with your facial model, an identifier will be required. This will be the last four digits of your student number and first three letters of your country of birth (e.g. 4225-ENG). This identifier will also serve as the method used to locate your data should you wish to withdraw from the study, which you can do at any time prior to 01/09/18. When your participation in this study is complete, your data will be stored confidentially on a password protected computer, and only viewed by either myself or my supervisor (William Brown).





Principal Researcher: Peter Oakes


Dissertation Supervisor: Dr William Brown


T: +44 (0) 1582 743470 Ext: 3470



If you want to find out about the final results of this study, please contact either the principal researcher or supervisor





Consent form


Please read the following statements and sign below to indicate your consent:



Contact information

Information about this study:

Contact information for Ethics Board for complaints, concerns or further enquiries regarding ethics related matters associated with this research: 

Dr William Brown, Dissertation Supervisor

T: +44 (0) 1582 743470 Ext: 3470

If you would like to contact the Principal Investigator in the study to discuss this research, please e-mail or the supervisor Dr William Brown

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