Participant Information

Study Title: The influence of personality and current relationship circles on perception of new unknown individuals

What is the purpose of the study?
The aim of this study is to see whether people’s personality, and their friendships, family relationships, and romantic relationships affect the way we perceive and respond to forming new connections with people outside these circles.

Why have I been approached?
For the purposes of the study a large number of female participants in long-term relationships, aged between 18-40 need to be recruited.

Do I have to take part?
No. Participation is entirely voluntary. If at any time during the study you change your mind about participation you can withdraw by closing your browser. You can also withdraw in the two weeks following participation. If you wish to withdraw you can contact me (Ashleigh Brown) via email and provide me your participant code (contact details below). If you do wish to withdraw, your data will be destroyed and not used in the study. There are no consequences should you no longer wish to participate.

What will happen to me if I take part?
You will be given some scenarios where you must read a description of a person then answer a series of questions about each person. You will then be required to complete several questionnaires which assess your personality, fertility and the ties you have to the people in your close circle. Should you feel uncomfortable with the questions, you are not obligated to respond and if you feel uncomfortable answering questions on your menstrual cycle you do not need to participate. There are no right or wrong answers to any of the questions in this study.

Why is my email required?
Your email address is required so that you can be sent the debrief of the study.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
You may feel a little tired after the session as there is a fair amount of reading and answering questions all structured in a similar style.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?
As an undergraduate student, taking part will allow you to gain an insight into how a psychology research project is conducted and what it is like to be a participant.

What if something goes wrong?
If for any reason there are technical difficulties involved, you can contact me on my e-mail address which is located at the end of this participation information sheet. You have the right to withdraw at any point from when you sign up to this study until two weeks after your participation in the study. If you wish to contact my supervisor regarding any problems, you can do so via e-mail which is also located at the end of this participation information sheet.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
Yes. Only my supervisor and I will have access to the raw data. Data may be accessed by University authorized staff for quality assurance and audit purposes.The ethics committee can also request to see the data but if this is the case data will be anonymous. All of the consent forms are stored separately from the raw data. You will only be identified on the score sheet by your participant code number. The raw data will only be retained for a year, after this it will be handed over to my supervisor who will organise for the data to be destroyed once my final research project has been submitted. When the data is entered into a computer file, your scores will only be associated with your code number and the file will be password protected.
What will happen to the results of the research study?
The results will be written up and presented as part of my final year undergraduate dissertation. Completely anonymised data from this project may be used for teaching purposes. The results could be written up for publication.

Who is organising and funding the research?
The research is organised by Ashleigh Brown, who is final year undergraduate student at the University of Sunderland, Department of Psychology. This project is not externally funded.

Who has reviewed the study?
A departmental subcommittee of the University of Sunderland Research Ethics Committee has reviewed and approved the study.

Contact for further information
Ashleigh Brown (email:

Project supervisor:
Helen Driscoll
Phone: 0191 515 3436

Dr Etta Evans (Chairperson of the University of Sunderland Research Ethics Committee)
Phone: 0191 515 2624