Informed Consent

You are being asked to participate in a research study that is being done by researchers from Oakland University. This study has been approved by the Oakland University Institutional Review Board. This study is being done by Mark G. McCoy under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Welling, Associate Psychology Professor. This study is being conducted as part of the requirements for a Master’s Thesis. The purpose of this consent form is to let you know more about the study so you can decide whether to participate in the study or not. Please read the form carefully. You may ask questions about why the research is being done, what you will be asked to do, the possible risks and benefits, your rights as a participant, and anything else about the research or this form that is not clear. You may talk with your friends and family about this research study before making your decision. When all your questions have been answered, you can decide if you want to be in this study. This process is called ‘informed consent.’ If you decide to participate, you will be asked to sign this form and will receive a copy of the form.

Why is this study being done?
Human sexual relationships are very complex social interactions. Among those complexities there are different motivations to have sex. The purpose of this research study is to assess the many different reasons that a woman would fake an orgasm or a man would fake interest in sex.

Who can participate in this study?
You are being asked to participate because you are someone who is over the age 18 who has had experience in a committed sexual relationship. If you have never had experience in a sexual relationship, you will not be eligible to participate.

Who is sponsoring this study?

What procedures are involved with this study?
If you agree to take part in this research study, you will be asked to complete a brief series of questionnaires and surveys.

How long will participation in this study last?
Participation in this study will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

How many people will be participating in this study?
300 men and 300 women

What are the risks, side effects or discomforts that can be expected from participating in this study?
By taking part in this study, you may be at risk for the following:
• Some participants could experience adverse emotions due to the nature of the questions and due to being self reflective in general
• If you feel uncomfortable due to the nature of the questions and you wish to stop participation, simply close out the browser window that the survey is located in.

A breach of confidentiality is also a possible risk. Breach of confidentiality means that it is possible that individuals not associated with this research may accidentally gain access to information that personally identifies participants. Appropriate safeguards are set in place to minimize a breach of confidentiality (e.g. researcher’s office is secure and computers and external storage devices are password protected); but no researcher can ever guarantee that this sort of breach will not occur.

Are there any known benefits from taking part in this study?
There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this study. However, the results of this study may benefit others in the future.

What are the alternatives to participation in this study?
You may choose not to participate in this study.

What are the costs of taking part in the study?
There is no cost to you for participating in this study.
What are your rights if you participate in this study?
Your decision to participate in this study is voluntary. You may choose to leave the study at any time, or refuse to answer any questions that may be asked during the study. You will not lose any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled and your decision will not affect your present or future relationship with Oakland University, the researcher, or the Psychology department. If you are a student or employee at Oakland University, your decision about participation will not affect your grades or employment status.

What will be done to keep my information confidential?
Every effort will be made to keep your study-related information confidential.

Personal information regarding your participation in this study may be disclosed if required by law. Also, your research records may be reviewed by the following groups:
• Regulatory authorities involved in the oversight of research (Office for Human Research Protections or other federal, state, or international regulatory agencies);
• Members or representatives of Oakland University Institutional Review Board (IRB) (in order to ensure that your rights as a research participant are being protected);

When study results are presented at professional conferences or published in professional journals, your name will not be used.

What do you do if you have questions about the study or the rights of research participants?
For questions about the study you may contact Mark G. McCoy by phone at (248) 520-0712 or via email at You may also contact his faculty advisor, Lisa Welling by phone at (248) 370-2915 or via email at

For questions regarding your rights as a participant in human subjects research, you may contact the Oakland University Institutional Review Board, 248-370-2762.

Signing the consent form
You have read this form. You are aware that you are being asked to participate in a research study, and you understand the possible risks and potential benefits. You have had the chance to ask questions and have had them answered to your satisfaction. You voluntarily agree to participate in this study.

You are not giving up any rights by signing this consent form.

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* 2. Do you wish to continue with your participation in this study?

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