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Personality and Memory

Personality and Memory

Investigators: Elizabeth Leahy and Megan Slaughter (Undergraduate students), and Dr Claire Hart (Researcher), Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI), School of Psychology, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

Thank you for visiting this survey page. This survey has been approved by the Psychology Ethics Committee, University of Southampton, UK (ref number 31317).

Please read this information carefully before deciding whether to take part in this research. You will need to indicate that you have understood this information before you can continue. You must also be aged over 18 to participate. By ticking the box at the bottom of this page and clicking ‘Continue’, you are consenting to participate in this survey.


What is the research about?

This is a study looking at the relationship between different personality traits and memory recall.


What will happen to me if I take part?

The study involves completing a variety of personality measures, reading a short story about a relationship, completing a brief filler task (a brief consumer task) and then recalling some information about the story you read. The study should take 20-30 minutes to complete.


Are there any benefits in my taking part?

You will contribute to psychological science and our understanding of personality traits. As a thank you for completing the survey you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher (or equivalent).


Are there any risks involved?

There are no significant risks involved in this study beyond those you would encounter in everyday life. You may find that some of the questions are quite personal, but you may leave any questions blank that you would prefer not to answer. We do recommend that you complete the survey in private so that you feel able to be open and honest. In the unlikely event of distress, we recommend that you contact the Samaritans at:


Will my participation be anonymous?

Even though we will need to ask for your email-address to contact you about the prize draw, all data are treated as confidential. Your email address will only be used to contact you for this specific purpose. It will be stored in a separate database to your questionnaire responses so that we cannot identify individual responses. It will not be shared with any third parties.


What happens if I change my mind?

You are free to change your mind and leave the study at any time, without your legal rights being affected. Just close the browser.


What happens if something goes wrong?

In the unlikely case of concern or complaint, please contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, +44 (0)23 8059 3856, email:


Where can I get more information?

If you have any further queries about the nature or purpose of the research please feel free to contact Elizabeth Leahy ( or Megan Slaughter (


To participate in the study please click the button to indicate you have read and understood the participant information.


I have read and understood the participant information. I agree to take part in this research project and agree for my data to be used for the purpose of this study. I understand my participation is voluntary and I may withdraw at any time without my legal rights being affected. I certify that I am 18 years or older.