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 for taking the time to participate in 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 complete two questionnaires which are designed to measure: (1) Levels of depression, anxiety, and stress, and (2) Statistics anxiety. Upon successful completion of both questionnaires, you may be invited back at a later date to answer three short questions in a Zoom call by yourself. The researcher will not be present during this stage as we believe that this provides the best environment for you to feel comfortable in. It is not required for you to take part if you are invited back to the second stage, but the current research will greatly benefit if you do. Please remember that participation is voluntary and at any point you can withdraw from the experiment without penalty by closing the tab. If at any point you would prefer not to answer a question then please leave it blank.

How long will the study take?

We anticipate that today’s study should take approximately 10 minutes to complete both questionnaires. That said, there is no issue if you require more time than suggested. If you are invited back to stage 2 of this experiment, the private Zoom call will take approximately 15 minutes.

Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?

All the information that we collect about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential. This means that no personal information you provide will be identifiable in any reports or publications, nor will it be recognised by your academic institution. All personal information, including voice recordings, will be securely stored and will only be accessible by the researcher.

If you wish to receive more information about the study then please contact the lead researcher, Stuart Maclaren, at Finally, I wish you all the best in your future studies.

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