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1. You must be 18 years or older to participate in the following survey.

You are asked to take part in a research project involving human relationships with animals, and the effects of television on such relationships. The researcher is Nick Lymberopoulos and this project is being overseen by Dr. Robert Stevenson (robert.stevenson@umb.edu.) Please read this form and feel free to contact Nick at biophilesurvey@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

This study will attempt to assess how people's relationships with animals are affected by television as well as by their own tendencies to project human characteristics onto those animals. Participation in this study will take 10 to 15 minutes. If you decide to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete the following survey and view four short video clips upon which some of the survey questions are based.

The risks involved with participation in this research are minimal. The primary risk associated with this study is the viewing of four short video clips, which may include material of a mildly violent nature. You may speak with Nick Lymberopoulos to discuss any distress or other issues related to study participation. If you wish to discuss concerns with an outside councelor or professional not involved with this study, you are encouraged to do so.

This study is designed to be anonymous. That is, the information collected will not include information that specifically identifies you such as your name or telephone number. After you return the research materials, there will be no way of linking your identity to the data collected.

The decision whether or not to take part in this research study is voluntary. If you do decide to take part in this study, you may terminate participation at any time without consequence. If you wish to terminate participation, you should simply close the web-page upon which you are performing the survey. Whatever you decide will in no way result in any consequences for you.

You have the right to ask questions about this research before you sign this form and at any time during the study. You can reach Nick Lymberopoulos at biophilesurvey@gmail.com or Dr. Robert Stevenson at robert.stevenson@umb.edu. If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, please contact a representative of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, which oversees research involving human participants. The Institutional Review Board may be reached at the following address: IRB,, Quinn Administration Building-2-015, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125-3393. You can also contact the Board by telephone or e-mail at (617) 287-5370 or at human.subjects@umb.edu.

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