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Reading Comprehension and World Views 2013

Welcome to the “Reading Skills and World View (Version 2, 14/10/2012)” survey!

Thank you for visiting this survey page. This survey has been approved by the Ethics Committee at the School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK (ref-4252).

Before deciding whether to participate, please read the following information. By ticking the box at the bottom of this page and clicking on ‘Continue’, you are consenting to participate in this survey.

About the Study

Researchers: Dr Wing Yee Cheung

What is the research about?

This is a social psychology research related to reading skills and world view.

Why have I been chosen?

Anyone who is aged above 18 can take part in this study.

What will happen to me if I take part?

You’ll be asked to answer a list of questions about an article focusing on  human behaviour and answer some questions about your world view. The whole study takes about 25-30 minutes to complete.

Are there any benefits in my taking part?

You may benefit from participating because at the end you will learn about our specific research aims, as well as what scientists currently know about this area.  You will also be told where to go for more information on this area of psychology.  In addition, you will contribute to psychological science and our understanding of emotions and wellbeing.

Are there any risks involved?

There are no significant risks involved in this study beyond those you would encounter in everyday life. Some of the questions you may be asked may ask you to think about personal or sensitive topics and although we have tried to ensure that the study does not cause distress some people may experience temporary feelings of negative emotion.  You may leave any questions blank that you would prefer not to answer.

Will my participation be confidential?

All data are treated as confidential. Any personal information about you will be kept separately from your responses.

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.

What happens if something goes wrong?

In the unlikely case that something goes wrong in this study we advise you to contact the chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Phone: +44 (0)23 80 598101, email


Also, we have tried to ensure that the questions in this study do not cause any distress.  However, it is not uncommon to experience some anxieties or concerns when completing questionnaires about emotions, and support is available.  If participating in this study raises any issues for you, we recommend that you contact one of the following resources:


Where can I get more information?

If you have any questions about the study before beginning you may ask them now or send me an email: Wing Yee Cheung,




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 chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Phone: +44 (0)23 80 598101, email

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.