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Judgement of Conduct (Online)

Study Title: Judgement of Conduct

Researcher: Dr. Wing Yee Cheung (Research Fellow)

Ethic number:    4463    (This survey has been approved by the Ethics Committee at the School of Psychology, University of Southampton, dated 03/01/2013.                                                           

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?
We are interested in people's judgement about different moral scenarios.

Why have I been chosen?
You have been selected to participate in this study because you accepted the HIT.

What will happen to me if I take part?
This study will be completed in one session which will not take longer than 25 minutes. If you decide to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a number of questionnaires. You will also be asked to recall an event from your past.

Are there any benefits in my taking part?
Your data will contribute to our understanding of people's judgements. You'll also learn about the purpose of the study in the end.

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. The information you provide will be stored on a university password secured computer in compliance with the Data Protection Act and university policy. Any information will be deleted after five years.

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. The information you have already provided will be discarded. To do this, please email us.

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 8059 4663, 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 your participation in the study or would like further information please contact Wing Yee Cheung, at


I have read and understood the information about this study.  In consenting, I understand that my participation is voluntary and I may withdraw at any time without my legal rights being affected. Withdrawal of the study will not affect my studies at the University of Southampton. 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 8059 4663, 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.