Department of Psychology, University of York
INFORMATION SHEET AND CONSENT FORM FOR ADULT PARTICIPANTS

Researcher: Hannah Gotheridge
Supervisor: Dr Robert Jenkins

Brief Description of Study:
This study aims to determine the processes that underlie decision making, and how these relate across different situations.

Procedure:
This study requires you to read two paragraphs detailing different situations and answer five short questions for each.

Expected length:
The experiment will last roughly 15 minutes.

Potential Risks and Ethical Consideration:
Possible discomfort may occur as the situations have moral implications, and individuals may not wish others to know the decisions they take. This is combated by taking measure to ensure your anonymity. These measures are stated in the next part of this information sheet. No other risks are known to the investigator at this time

You have the right to withdraw from the experiment at any stage in the proceedings and may do so without providing a reason. If you wish to do so, tell the research before you have submitted/given the experimenter your questionnaire as it will not be possible for it to be identified after this point owing to its anonymous nature.

Please feel free to ask the experimenter any questions you may have.

If you no longer wish to begin the experiment, please indicate this to the researcher now.

If you still wish to take part in this experiment, please read the consent form provided below thoroughly. 



Declaration of consent
I have been informed about the aims and procedures involved in the experiment I am about to participate in.

I have been informed about the measures taken to ensure my anonymity.

I reserve the right to withdraw, my participation, at any stage in the proceedings and may do so without providing a reason. However, I acknowledge that the data I provide may be used as intended by the researchers in completing this study. It is not possible to provide any personal results or individualised feedback on any of the measures taken in this study.


If you felt that the testing was more unpleasant than necessary, then we would be grateful to learn this. Hopefully, you should feel at sufficient ease to let the experimenter know this, but if not then please contact the Chair of Departmental Ethics Committee (currently Dr. Philip Quinlan, email: philip.quinlan@york.ac.uk). In the unlikely event that the testing has caused distress, then you may wish to contact the Open Door Team (http://www.york.ac.uk/student-support-services/open-door-team/). The University offers emotional/psychological support to students via the Open Door Team.

YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO SIGN THIS CONSENT FORM. THIS IS TO PROTECT YOUR ANONYMITY. COMPLETION OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE WILL BE TAKEN AS A SIGN OF YOUR CONSENT.

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* 1. Please read the paragraph below and answer the questions that follow.

There is an ongoing debate about redistributing funding. A group of parliamentarians have proposed that improving financial support for university students is of paramount importance. A brief outline of their proposal is provided below.

Draft - The Accommodation Reform act.

Spending for housing takes up a large portion of the funding that students are allocated through government loans. It is proposed that financial support for accommodation should be increased, and that this can be achieved by reducing the budget allocated to supporting children’s hospitals. These are already well equipped and may instead be supported by private companies.



I would vote for The Accommodation Reform Act

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* 2. My chosen course of action is the right thing to do

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* 3. My chosen course of action would benefit me

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* 4. To inform my previous answers, I considered the consequences for:

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* 5. To inform my previous answers, I considered the consequences for:

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* 6. Please read the paragraph below and answer the questions that follow.

There is an ongoing debate about redistributing funding. Another candidate suggested to benefit from the redistribution of funding are families, as families looking to step into the housing market for the first time need of support. A brief outline of their proposal is provided below.

Draft – Families First

Getting onto the property ladder for the first time is becoming increasingly difficult, especially with the added cost of caring for children. Thus, it is proposed that funding should be set aside to help families get onto the property ladder. The parliamentarians drafting this proposal have also suggested that this can be achieved by reducing the budget allocated to supporting children’s hospitals. These are already well equipped and may instead be supported by private companies.



I would vote for Families First

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* 7. My chosen course of action is the right thing to do

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i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 8. My chosen course of action would benefit me

Totally agree Totally disagree
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* 9. To inform my previous answers, I considered the consequences for:

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* 10. To inform my previous answers, I considered the consequences for:

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