Information Sheet



Parental influences on child handedness
You are being invited to take part in a research project. Before you decide whether or not to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. Please read the following information carefully.

What is the purpose of the research?
The aim of this study is to look at how parent’s interactions with their child during infancy might influence the handedness of their child. Research in this field still cannot fully explain why some individuals are left-handed versus right- handed, so there is considerable interest in understanding whether social interactions during infancy might play a key role.

Who is carrying out the research?
The data are being collected by Julia Marshall in the Department of Psychology, Swansea University, under the supervision of Dr. Victoria Lovett in the Department of Psychology, Swansea University. The research has been approved by the Department of Psychology’s Research Ethics Committee.

What happens if I agree to take part?
If you do decide to take part you will be asked to tick the box to say that you consent to the study. You will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire about the handedness of you and your child.

Participants from the university using SONA will receive 1 credit for their time. All other participants will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win a £20 Amazon Voucher, if you wish to be entered into this draw you will be asked to provide your email address at the end of the session (to maintain confidentially this email address will not be associated with the answers you provide).

Is participation voluntary and what if I wish to later withdraw?
Your participation is entirely voluntary – you do not have to participate if you do not want to.  If you decide to participate, but later wish to withdraw from the study, then you are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason and without penalty.

What will happen to the information I provide?
All information that is collected about you and your child during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential. Your name will be changed to a participant number so that your name/your child’s name will not appear on any of the questionnaires.

Should you wish to withdraw after you have participated you will need to provide us with the date of birth of your child and your unique ID code (you will be asked to create this at the start of the study therefore only you will know the code associated with your data (this is done to maintain confidentiality and to keep all data anonymous).

You/your child will not be identified in any report or publication. Because our results depend on comparing how groups of participants respond, we cannot give you any direct feedback at the time when you are tested. However, when the study is finished, we will be happy to send you a summary of our findings, some months from now. Any publication of the data we collect will maintain strict confidentiality as to your identity. The results will be published in scientific journals and may be presented at conferences

What if I have other questions?
If you have further questions about this research please do not hesitate to contact us:

Julia Marshall
Department of Psychology
Swansea University
Dr Victoria Lovett
Department of Psychology
Swansea University
01792 295270