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Personality and Memory (2019)


Version 2 (19/11/2018)

Study title: Personality and Memory

Investigators: Joseph Frederick and Anna Ridgewell (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.A1).

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:

What data will be collected?

We will collect from you some demographic information and your responses to some personality measures and a consumer task.  If you would like to enter the prize draw, we will require an email address. The email address will be stored separately from your other responses.

Raw data will be collected and stored on the University’s i-survey platform, which is password protected. The downloaded anonymised data will be stored on the researcher’s personal computers and may be uploaded to the Open Science Framework website for open access.

Will my participation be confidential?

Your participation and the information we collect about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential.

Only members of the research team and responsible members of the University of Southampton may be given access to data about you for monitoring purposes and/or to carry out an audit of the study to ensure that the research is complying with applicable regulations. Individuals from regulatory authorities (people who check that we are carrying out the study correctly) may require access to your data. All of these people have a duty to keep your information, as a research participant, strictly confidential.

Do I have to take part?

No, it is entirely up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide you want to take part, you will need to provide consent to show you have agreed to take part.

What happens if I change my mind?

Participation in this study is fully voluntary and you have the right to withdraw at any time with no penalty. If you no longer want to participate then just close your browser. However, once you have submitted your data at the end you will be unable to withdraw your data as it is stored completely anonymously.

What will happen to the results of the research?

Your personal details will remain strictly confidential. Research findings made available in any reports or publications will not include information that can directly identify you.

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 Joseph Frederick on  or Anna Ridgewell on

What happens if there is a problem?

If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, you should speak to the researchers who will do their best to answer your questions.

If you remain unhappy or have a complaint about any aspect of this study, please contact the University of Southampton Research Integrity and Governance Manager (023 8059 5058,

Data Protection Privacy Notice

The University of Southampton conducts research to the highest standards of research integrity. As a publicly-funded organisation, the University has to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information about people who have agreed to take part in research.  This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use information about you in the ways needed, and for the purposes specified, to conduct and complete the research project. Under data protection law, ‘Personal data’ means any information that relates to and is capable of identifying a living individual. The University’s data protection policy governing the use of personal data by the University can be found on its website (

This Participant Information Sheet tells you what data will be collected for this project and whether this includes any personal data. Please ask the research team if you have any questions or are unclear what data is being collected about you.

Our privacy notice for research participants provides more information on how the University of Southampton collects and uses your personal data when you take part in one of our research projects and can be found at

Any personal data we collect in this study will be used only for the purposes of carrying out our research and will be handled according to the University’s policies in line with data protection law. If any personal data is used from which you can be identified directly, it will not be disclosed to anyone else without your consent unless the University of Southampton is required by law to disclose it.

Data protection law requires us to have a valid legal reason (‘lawful basis’) to process and use your Personal data. The lawful basis for processing personal information in this research study is for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest. Personal data collected for research will not be used for any other purpose.

For the purposes of data protection law, the University of Southampton is the ‘Data Controller’ for this study, which means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. The University of Southampton will keep identifiable information about you for 10 years after the study has finished after which time any link between you and your information will be removed.

To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personal data necessary to achieve our research study objectives. Your data protection rights – such as to access, change, or transfer such information - may be limited, however, in order for the research output to be reliable and accurate. The University will not do anything with your personal data that you would not reasonably expect.

If you have any questions about how your personal data is used, or wish to exercise any of your rights, please consult the University’s data protection webpage ( where you can make a request using our online form. If you need further assistance, please contact the University’s Data Protection Officer (

Thank you.




I have read and understood the information about this study.  In consenting, I understand that my legal rights are not affected. I also understand that data collected as part of this research will be kept confidential and that published results will maintain that confidentiality. I finally understand that if I have any questions about my rights as a participant in this research, or if I feel that I have been placed at risk, I may contact the University of Southampton Research Integrity and Governance Manager (023 8059 5058,

I certify that I am 18 years or older. I have read the above consent form and I give consent to participate in the above described research.