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Participant Information Sheet (Version 1, 10/01/18)


Study Title: 50 Shades of Empathy

Researchers: Chloe Charnick, Ellen Poynter and Rachel Whyte

ERGO Study ID number: 31717


Please read this information carefully before deciding to take part in this research. If you are happy to participate you will be asked to sign a consent form.


What is the research about?

This study is part of a project carried out at the University of Southampton. We are requesting your participation in our study on the presence of empathy in individuals with different personality traits.


Why have I been chosen?

You have been invited to take part to contribute to an existing body of research.


What will happen to me if I take part?

Firstly, demographic information will be collected. Then you will complete a series of questionnaires. You will then be presented with seven written scenarios which include visual aids and asked a set of questions regarding each scenario. It is important that you complete the studies in a quiet place free from distractions. The study will take approximately 40 minutes to complete.


Are there any benefits in my taking part?

All participants will be entered into a prize draw to potentially win one of two Amazon vouchers worth £20 or one voucher worth £50. Your data will also aid research into this area and help us with our dissertations.


Are there any risks involved?

Some of the content of the written scenarios and visual aids may cause brief discomfort.  You may withdraw at any time by closing the survey, without penalty. 


Will my participation be confidential?

In compliance with the Data Protection Act, all data will be stored on a password protected computer to maintain confidentiality. Your data will not be shared with anyone, except for those involved in the research (including our supervisor). In the write up, data will be treated anonymously.


What happens if I change my mind?

You have the right to withdraw at any time, without penalty. 


What happens if something goes wrong?

If you have questions about your rights as a participant in this research, or if you feel that you have been placed at risk, you may contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.
Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 3856, email fshs-rso@soton.ac.uk


If you have any concerns about any distressing feelings aroused by this study, please contact us (ep7g14@soton.ac.uk, rw5u17@soton.ac.uk, or clc2n17@soton.ac.uk) or your GP for further advice. Alternatively, you may wish to contact your local GP or a helpline. This link provides access to help lines across the globe http://togetherweare-strong.tumblr.com/helpline. This second link provides a list of a wide variety of mental health websites http://togetherweare-strong.tumblr.com/websites.


Where can I get more information?

If you require more information about the project, please feel free to contact us on: ep7g14@soton.ac.uk, rw5u17@soton.ac.uk, or clc2n17@soton.ac.uk.


Do you give your consent to take part in this study?

By ticking this box you are confirming that you have read the information sheet, consent to take part in the following questionnaires, and are over 18.

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