Information statement

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Chief Investigator:        
Mrs Marijn Cugati
BPsych Hons Candidate                                
School of Psychology                                     
Charles Sturt University                                   
Bathurst, NSW, Australia                                 
E: marijn_c@hotmail.com

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 factors, such as disease and pathogen sensitivity, impact how people perceive attractiveness in other people. Participation is open to anybody aged 18 and over.

Participation should take no longer than 10 minutes and includes completing an online study where you will answer questions about you and your appearance, and will choose the most attractive of two people. You will also be asked some brief demographic questions, about your age, gender, sexual orientation and relationship status. Please note that you may be shown photographs that you may perceive as unpleasant. 
You will receive payment via the Prolific Academic website for participating in 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.  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.

Mrs Cugati is undertaking this research as partial fulfilment of the B.Psychology Honours degree. The data collected will be presented in Mrs Cugati's Honours Dissertation, and may also be presented at academic conferences or published in peer-reviewed journals. Your confidentiality is assured as you will not be required to enter your name, and your data will be stored without reference to other identifying information. 

Following completion of the study, all raw data will be archived in a public data repository where it will be stored securely. The, non-identifiable, raw data may be made available for secondary use in future research.
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.

By progressing beyond this information statement you indicating your informed consent to participate in this study.  By completing this study and submitting your data at the end you indicating your consent for us to use your data. 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 prior to its completion, we will consider you to have also withdrawn consent for us to use your data and it will be deleted.

If you wish to ask any questions prior to participating, please contact either of the named researchers above.  You may retain a copy of this information statement, using your browser's print or save functions.

If you wish to be informed of the final results of the study, please contact either of the named researchers above after 1 January 2018.
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
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst Campus
Private Mail Bag 29
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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