Information statement

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Chief Investigator:        
Mrs Sheridan Hartley
BSocSci (Psychology) Hons Candidate                                
School of Psychology                                     
Charles Sturt University                                   
Bathurst, NSW, Australia                                 
E: shartley@empirefacades.com.au

Supervisor:             
Dr Danielle Sulikowski
School of Psychology
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, NSW, Australia
P: 02 6338 4778
E: dsulikowski@csu.edu.au

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating how people make decisions about what is right and wrong which will be used to suggest ways to help people make better decisions about issues which impact everyone in the community. Participation is open to anybody aged 18 and over.

Participation should take no longer than 45 minutes and involves a computer task where you will be required to watch three different 2 to 3-minute video clips, as well as respond to various moral dilemmas.  After reading each short dilemma you will be asked to answer whether you believe the suggested action is appropriate (answering yes or no). You will also be asked to indicate whether you agree or disagree with some characteristics that may or may not describe you and your views on selected current issues. 
Please note that the moral dilemmas describe scenarios which some people may find confronting and/or distressing, including descriptions of hypothetical situations in which you are asked whether not you think it appropriate to harm or kill a person (including a family member and/or children) in order to protect or save other. The videos also depict scenes that may evoke a negative emotional response from you.  If you believe you may be susceptible to distress from viewing these stimuli you are advised not to continue with the study. 

If you do experience distress during this study you are encouraged to discontinue your participation. If you feel it would help, you are further encouraged to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or your local GP. 

There is no payment or reward for participating in this study.

The data collected will be presented in Mrs Sheridan Hartley’s Honours Dissertation, and may also be presented at academic conferences or published in peer-reviewed journals.

Your confidentiality is assured as your data will be store without reference to your name or other identifying information. 
Following completion of the study, all raw data will be archived in a data repository where it will be stored securely, and only the investigators named in this statement will have access to it.  Should the findings of the study be published, summary data (allowing the reported findings to be verified) will be published at Research Data Australia.  No individual participant will be identified in, or could be identified from, any published report or published dataset from this study.

Participation is anonymous and entirely voluntary. Whether or not you decide to participate is your decision and will not disadvantage you. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw yourself and your data from the project at any time (prior to submitting your data at the end of your participation), without reason or consequence.
By progressing beyond this information statement you are indicating your informed consent to participate in this study. You may withdraw from the study at any time by closing your browser window or pressing CTRL+Q. If you do withdraw from this study at any time prior to its completion we will also consider you to have withdrawn your informed consent and we will dispose of your data. Since participation is anonymous, there is no way of identifying your data once it has been submitted. It is therefore not possible to withdraw from the study after you have submitted your data at the end.

If you wish to ask any questions prior to participating please contact either of the named researchers above.  To keep a copy of this Information Statement select print or save from your browser menu options.
Note: The Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project you may contact the Committee through the Executive Officer:
 
The Executive Officer Human Research Ethics Committee
Office of Academic Governance 
Charles Sturt University
Panorama Avenue Bathurst NSW 2795
Tel: (02) 6338 4628
Email: ethics@csu.edu.au

Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.

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