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PLAIN LANGUAGE STATEMENT AND CONSENT FORM

Date: 5th March, 2013
Full Project Title: Validating a measure of Cognitive Elaboration Tendency
Principal Researchers: Mathew Ling & Dr Ben Richardson

We are interested in exploring the causes of peoples’ tendency to think more or less about all things. Previous studies using a measure called the Need for Cognition Scale have shown that indeed there are differences in this and that they are associated with things such as how persuasive you find certain messages, and how interesting you find different topics; it may be useful in helping people select a job they enjoy. However, we aren’t sure the existing scale is actually accurate, which is important in considering the value of prior research, also this limits investigation into what causes these differences between people.
We are trying to correct this and at the same time try to start on working out what makes people differ in this and would like to invite you to participate in our study. Our study has two parts but if you cannot participate in part two, or only wish to complete part one, that is fine. We would still invite you to be involved in the first component of our research.

Part one will be an online questionnaire. This will ask you questions relating to how much you think about problems but also other things, like your levels of social support, freedom to control your own life, and also how confident you feel about engaging in certain tasks. We expect this questionnaire will take only about 15 minutes.
If you subsequently wish to take part in it,
Part two will be an on-site study at Deakin University, Burwood. Participation in this phase will involve completing a number of tasks designed to get you thinking about a particular subject, these will include some puzzles and watching a series of short videos and answering some questions about them. The scores we obtain from these activities will be then compared to your scores from part one. We expect this part of the study will take an hour and a half, for which you will be reimbursed with a $10 Coles Myer gift voucher.
You will be invited to take part in part two at the completion of part one, again you are not required to do so. If you wish to take up this invitation, you will be asked to provide some contact details so we can organize a time for you to take part. These contact details will be held in a separate location to your results, so your data will remain anonymous. If you accept the invitation, and you subsequently change your mind, you will be free to withdraw from participating in the second component.  

Participation in any research project is voluntary.
If you do not wish to take part you are not obliged to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw at any time up until your results are returned to the researchers. Given the anonymous nature of data collection, it is not possible to withdraw after this time.
Collated results from this study will be used in the preparation of academic publications (no individual data will be used) and the PhD thesis of Mr Mathew Ling. This will allow for ongoing study in this area including research into the causes of these individual differences which may go on to inform educational policy. A summary of the results of this study will be made available to participants upon request via e-mail to Mathew Ling (mling@deakin.edu.au).

Your scores will be anonymous. Once collected, any digital data will be stored on Deakin University’s secure server and any physical data will be stored in locked cabinets secured within the principal researchers’ offices. Data will be held for a minimum of five years consistent with Deakin University’s data handling policies.

This project has been approved by a human ethics panel at Deakin University. If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted or any questions about your rights as a research participant, then you may contact: 

The Manager, Office of Research Integrity, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood Victoria 3125, Telephone: 9251 7129, Facsimile: 9244 6581; research-ethics@deakin.edu.au
Please quote project number: HEAG-H 21/2013

Before you make your decision, a member of the research team will be available to answer any questions you have about the research project. If you require further information or if you have any problems concerning this project you can contact the researchers.

The researchers responsible for this project are:

Mathew Ling
mling@deakin.edu.au

Dr. Ben Richardson
ben.richardson@deakin.edu.au
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health
Deakin University
Burwood, VIC 3125

If you wish to take part in this research please click the following button to indicate that you have read and understood the terms of the plain language statement. Pressing the Submit button at the conclusion of the questionnaire will indicate your consent.

If you do not wish to take part, thankyou for your time.