Survey: The effects of sleepiness on rating facial expressions
Your child is being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether you’re happy for your child to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take your time to read the following information carefully, and discuss it with others if you wish. Please ask if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take your time to decide whether or not you wish your child to take part.
The purpose of this research is to establish whether feeling sleepy influences how intense children (aged 7-10 years) perceive facial expressions to be. Your child will complete a short survey online which will first involve answering some questions about how sleepy they feel. Then they will be shown pictures of either fearful or neutral faces and asked to rate how scared they think the person in the picture looks. The entire study is expected to take no more than 10 minutes. Your child will see fearful faces so there is a very small risk that your child may feel scared looking at these pictures. We therefore request that you remind your child that they can stop the survey at any time they wish.
Participation in this research is entirely voluntary. You do not have to allow your child to take part if you do not want to. If you decide to allow your child to take part, your child may withdraw at any time during their participation. You may withdraw your child’s data up until data analysis begins in December 2016.
All proposals for research using human participants are reviewed by an Ethics Committee before they can proceed. The Middlesex Psychology Department’s Ethics Committee have reviewed this proposal. This research may be published in Psychology journals, however, no identifiable information about your child will be included. The study is entirely anonymous.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and please click ‘next‘ to begin the survey.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Dr Gemma Reynolds: firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 8411 6506