Study Title

Do you like the sound of statistics? Assessing vocal pitch as an indicator of statistics anxiety in undergraduate students


First of all, thank you again for taking the time to return to stage 2 of this study. Before you take part, it is important for me to provide you with information regarding why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information. If you have any questions, or if anything remains unclear, feel free to discuss this with me prior to the study.

What is the purpose of the study?

This research project aims to explore the relationship between our vocal pitch and measurements of statistics anxiety. In doing so, this project will build on previous research to suggest that (1) Our vocal pitch may be influenced by our emotional states, and (2) Many university students experience some level of anxiety as part of their learning curriculum.

What is involved if I take part?

Today you will be asked to answer three short questions regarding your university experience in a private Zoom call. The researcher will not be present during this stage as we believe that this provides the best environment for you to feel comfortable in. When answering these questions, your responses will be recorded using your chosen microphone upon entering the Zoom call. We recommend talking about your answer for approximately 20-30 seconds for each question but do not worry if you go over this length. Please remember that participation is voluntary and at any point you can withdraw from the experiment without penalty by exiting the Zoom call. Furthermore, whilst we may listen to the content of recordings in order to find the start and end of sentences, we will not be analysing what you said as we are only interested in the vocal acoustics.

How long will the study take?

We anticipate that today’s study should take approximately 15 minutes of your time to answer the three questions in your Zoom call. That said, there is no issue if you require more time or complete it in less time than suggested.

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