Interpreting Research Findings

Interpreting Research Findings

Participant Information Sheet (4 September 2013, version 1) 

This study has received a favourable ethical opinion by the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences Ethics Committee, University of Surrey (also known as Institutional Review Board or IRB in some countries) (ref F/T PSY SEPT 1, September 2013)

Before deciding whether to participate in this research, please read the following information.  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 checking “Yes” at the bottom of this page and clicking to continue to the next page, you are consenting to participate in this survey.


Alena Nash (Research Assistant), Dr Rob Nash and Dr Erica Hepper (Lecturers in Psychology) at the University of Surrey.

What will the study involve?

This research aims to understand how students and researchers interpret research findings.

You will be asked to read some information, indicate your beliefs about the links between some variables, and fill in a questionnaire about yourself and your personality. The entire study will take approximately 15 minutes.

You should complete the study when you are alone at your computer and your responses cannot be overseen. Please take your time to respond to the questions thoughtfully and openly. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers – so feel free to provide completely honest responses. You are free to withdraw at any time during the study by closing your internet browser.

Will my participation in this study be kept confidential?

Yes, all data will be kept strictly confidential in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act 1998. Responses will be saved and encrypted on a UK-based secure internet server.

You will not be asked for any information that can identify you, so your participation is anonymous. For this reason, it will not be possible to withdraw your data from the study after you have completed it.

The datafile will be stored on the researchers’ computers for at least 10 years, will only be used for the purpose of this study, and will not be shared with anyone other than the researchers involved.

Risks and benefits

There are no significant risks involved in this study, and none of the questions ask about sensitive or personal information. You may benefit by learning more about how people interpret research findings. For Psychology students this will be relevant to your studies in Research Methods. In addition, at the end of the study we will tell you more about our research aims and hypotheses and tell you where you can find out more about this topic.


If you have any questions about the research or would like a summary of the findings, please contact Dr Rob Nash at In the unlikely event of a complaint you may also contact the Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey, Dr Peter Hegarty, on

If you have read and understood everything on this page, please read the consent statements below and click to indicate whether you want to take part. 

Statement of Consent