Information statement

Project Title: Tomorrow's study

Chief Investigator:        
Ms Sarah LaGreca
BPsych Hons Candidate
School of Psychology
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Dr Lauren Saling
School of Psychology
Charles Sturt University
Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
P: 02 6933 2676
You are invited to participate in a research study investigating the way that people complete different types of tasks. Participation is open to anybody aged 18 and over with normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing. Participants are also able to receive a summary of the results of this study by telling me at the time of their participation that they wish to receive a summary of the results.

Participation should take no longer than 40 minutes and involves completing four individual tasks. To indicate your interest in participating in this study, please email me at The act of emailing me will be considered to be informed consent. After receiving your email indicating your consent to participate in the study, I will email the four tasks to you. They are as follows:

  • Watching a TED Talk by a young model, followed by 5 short answer questions;
  • Watching a TED Talk by an engineer, followed by 5 short answer questions;
  • Completing a timed memory game followed by 2 short-answer questions; and,
  • Completing a memory game (not timed) followed by 2 short-answer questions.
The tasks may be completed in any order. The tasks may be completed in one sitting, or completed separately as desired. Please complete the tasks as soon as possible.

You will be asked some brief demographic questions about your age, gender, employment status and family. You will also be asked some brief questions at the end of the study to find out about your experience while completing the study.

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

The data collected will be presented in Ms Sarah LaGreca’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 without reference to your name or any other identifying information and will be stored securely and confidentially on password-protected computers and password-protected drives. The data will be de-identified and collated into a spreadsheet, and any email correspondence will be deleted.
Following completion of the study, all raw data will be saved on password protected computers 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.  If later published in journal articles, a summary version of the data may also be available in public repositories to permit their re-analysis and/or re-use in future, related studies. 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 completing all four tasks), without reason or consequence. Due to the nature of the stimuli / questions, this study could 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 wish to ask any questions prior to participating, please contact either of the named researchers above.

Please note that this Information Statement may be printed or saved in order to retain the information it contains.

Note: The Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences 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
Orange Campus
346 Leeds Parade
Orange NSW 2800
Tel: (02) 6365 7977

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

Approval Code: 200/2017/18
Expiration Date: 21 April 2018