Initial Eligibility

Thank you for your interest in our research study! This is the first step in determining your eligibility.
This consent form explains the research study. Please read it carefully. 

Why is this research being done?
The purpose of this study is to see if different types of positive thinking will influence financial decision-making in adults.

How long will the research last?
If you are eligible to participate and are interested in completing the research, we expect that you will be in this research study for about one 1½ - 2 hour session.

How many people will be studied?
We expect to enroll 200 adults into the research study.

What happens if I say yes, I want to be in this research?
If you are eligible and interested, you will be given a consent form to sign and a take-home handout explaining the purpose of the study. You will then be scheduled for an appointment in the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory at the University at Buffalo. The appointment will last about 1½ - 2 hours. At the appointment, you will be asked to complete questionnaires, and choose between different amounts of imaginary money, snack foods and sedentary activities. Your height and weight will be taken. Next, you complete a thinking task that will ask you to imagine positive events. You will think about your generated cues while you repeat the earlier task of choosing between different amounts of imaginary money, snack foods and sedentary activities. Finally, you will be compensated $25 for your participation. All de-identified data will be stored indefinitely.

What are my responsibilities if I take part in this research?
If you take part in this research, you will be responsible to attend the one lab appointment.

What happens if I do not want to be in this research or change my mind later?
Your participation in this research study is voluntary. You may choose not to enroll in this study. You can leave the research at any time and it will not be held against you. You have the right to ask any questions about this study at any time. If you have questions, you may contact Dr. Epstein at 716-829-3400. You do not have to answer every question. You may refuse to answer any questions that you do not want to answer. You may withdraw from the study at any time by contacting the investigator. . If you withdraw from the study, no further data will be collected but any information that has been provided may be retained by the researchers and analyzed. There are no alternatives available, other than to not participate in the study.

Is there any way being in this research could be bad for me?
There are no known risks associated with these procedures.

Will being in this study help me in any way?
There are no expected direct benefits to you for participating in this study but participants get the opportunity to learn about scientific research.

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1. To make sure that you are eligible to participate in the study, I would like to ask you some questions.
Information obtained from you during the study, including this eligibility screening survey will be treated in strict confidence to the extent provided by law. All information collected from this screening survey is recorded in a secure database that requires a password to enter. If you are ineligible for this study, sensitive information will be deleted. Your participation in this eligibility screening survey is voluntary and you may stop at any time.