Information statement

Is life getting in the way of "remembering to remember"?
Chief Investigator: Supervisor:
Mr Allan F. Brindley Dr Nicole Sugden
BSocSci(Psych) Hons Candidate School of Psychology
School of Psychology, CSU Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, NSW, Australia Bathurst, NSW, Australia
You are invited to participate in a research study investigating prospective memory and the aids individuals use to assist themselves in their daily life. Participation is open to anybody aged 18 and over. Basic English knowledge and comprehension is required for the completion of this study.

The first section of the study should take no longer than 30 minutes and involves completing an online survey where you will answer questions about your memory, lifestyle, mood, and personality, as well as participate in some trivia questions. You will also be asked some brief demographic questions, about your age, gender, marital status, and your level of education.

The second section of the study is a task to be completed one week after completing the first section of the study, which involves you logging back into the study. To assist with this, an email will be forwarded to you at the completion of the first section of the study, asking you to log back in a certain time frame. To complete the second section of the study, you will need to log back in using the link provided and answer some brief questions online, which should take no longer than 15 minutes. After completing the second section, no further contact by email will occur and your email address will be removed from the study.
There is no payment or reward for participating in this study.

The data collected will be presented in Mr Brindley'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 stored securely and identifying information kept confidential, until the data collection phase of the study is completed, upon which time email addresses of participants will be removed and no personal identifying data will be maintained thereon. 

Following completion of the study, all raw de-identified 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.

It is not possible to withdraw from the study after you have submitted your data at the end of phase one of the study, if you have not consented to participate in phase two. If you have consented to participate in phase two of the study and have not completed the phase two questionnaire, it may be possible to withdraw from the study and have all your data removed. There is no way of identifying and withdrawing your data once phase two of the study has been completed and submitted.
Due to the nature of some of the questions, this study may cause distress.  Should you in any way become distressed, you are encouraged to discontinue participating and, if you want to, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you become concerned about your memory functioning while undertaking this study, we recommend you contact your GP to discuss further.

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.

If you wish to ask any questions prior to participating, or to be sent a copy of this information statement, please contact either of the named researchers above.

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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

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