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Memory study

Welcome to the Memory Study!


Thank you for visiting this survey page. This survey has been approved (28.06.2012) by the Ethics Committee (known as IRB) at the School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK.


Before deciding whether to participate, please read the following information. You will need to indicate that you have understood this information before you can continue. By checking the box at the bottom of this page and clicking ‘Continue’, you are consenting to participate in this survey.


Researchers: Helene Font (PhD student), Prof Constantine Sedikides, and Dr Tim Wildschut

What is the research about? This is a social psychology study on memory and perception of others.

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? This study is about your attitudes. You will be asked to write an experience of yours and respond to some questions. The study takes about 15-20 minutes.

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. In addition, you will contribute to psychological science and our understanding of perception of others.

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 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 a temporary negative feeling. You may leave any questions blank that you would prefer not to answer.

Will my participation be confidential? Your participation in this study is anonymous. All data are treated as confidential.

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:

- University of Southampton: the University Counselling Service, Nightline, on 023 8059 5236 (free from halls on (78)25236) or visit

- UK participants: find a counsellor at

- Worldwide:

Where can I get more information? At any time after participating you may contact any of the research team (Hélène Font:; Constantine Sedikides:


Consent: 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.