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The Impact of Imagery on Mood - Screen

Study Title: The impact of imagery on mood

Researchers: Dr. Katherine Newman-Taylor, Dr. Kathy Carnelley, Monica Sood

ERGO number: 30332

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

What is the research about?

We are Katherine Newman-Taylor and Kathy Carnelley, staff researchers at the University of Southampton. We are requesting your participation in one or two linked studies on the effects of an imagery task. Monica Sood, a prospective PhD student, will be examining some of the data generated.

Why have I been chosen?

You have been invited to participate to gain course credits or for the chance to win a £40 amazon voucher, and contribute to existing research.

What will happen to me if I take part?

Each study will involve completing an online screen, then if eligible, completing various questionnaires and a brief imagery task one week later. You will then rehearse the brief imagery recording each day for a further four days and complete a final set of questionnaires. Each study will take approximately 104 minutes in total. You will need to complete the study in a quiet environment with no distractions. It is important that you only complete one study at a time.

Are there any benefits in my taking part?

If you are a psychology student at the University of Southampton, you will be rewarded with course credits. You will receive 1 credit for the screening questionnaire and a further 14 credits on completion of the full study. Your data will also aid research in this area. Alternatively, you can opt-in for the chance to win a £40 amazon voucher. The winner will be selected at random after the end of the study period.

Are there any risks involved?

Some questions may be of a sensitive nature. Some tasks may cause brief discomfort. You may withdraw at any time, without penalty.

Will my participation be confidential?

Personal information will not be released to or viewed by anyone other than the researchers involved in this project.  Results of this study will not include your name or any other identifying characteristics. In compliance with the Data Protection Act, all data will be stored on a password protected computer to maintain confidentiality.

What should I do if I want to take part?

Completion of the questionnaires will be taken as evidence of your giving informed consent to be included as a participant in one or two of the linked studies, for your data to be used for the purposes of research, and that you understand that published results of this research project will maintain your confidentiality. Your participation is voluntary and you may withdraw your participation at any time. If you choose not to participate there will be no consequences to your grade or to your treatment as a student in the psychology department.

NOTE: Please only take part in one of these two linked studies at one time.

What happens if I change my mind?

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

What will happen to the results of the research?

The data collected from this study will be analysed and written up. Participants can contact the researchers and request a copy of the results. A summary of this research project will be supplied upon request. If you would like a project summary, please contact us on knt@soton.ac.uk or k.carnelley@soton.ac.uk.

Where can I get more information?

If you require more information about the project, please feel free to contact us on knt@soton.ac.uk or k.carnelley@soton.ac.uk.

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 Head of Research Integrity and Governance (023 8059 5058, rgoinfo@soton.ac.uk).

If you have any concerns or experience any ongoing discomfort or distress following these studies, please contact us (knt@soton.ac.uk or k.carnelley@soton.ac.uk). Alternatively, you may contact your GP for further advice or find mental health information on the NHS choices website (http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx). If you are a student at the University of Southampton, you may visit the University of Southampton Enabling Services website (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/edusupport/mental_health_and_wellbeing/index.page), talk to Nightline (web: http://nline.susu.org/, telephone: 02380 595236), or access the University of Southampton Counselling Services (counser@soton.ac.uk, telephone: 02380 593719). All participants can contact Samaritans (https://www.samaritans.org/ tel: +44 116123).

Thank you for taking the time to read this information and considering taking part in our research.