Effects of Depression, Anxiety and Self/Other Context on the Perception of Emotion in Voices

Researcher: Nina Schumacher (2607383s@student.gla.ac.uk)
Project Lead: Philip McAleer (philip.mcaleer@glasgow.ac.uk)

Participant Invitation
You have been invited to take part in our research, which is being conducted within the School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow. It is important that you read and understand this information sheet before deciding to participate. If you have any questions at any stage of the study, please contact us on the email addresses above. You may withdraw your participation at any time without justification. If you wish to withdraw your consent during the study, simply close your web browser. If you wish to withdraw your consent after the study, then send us an email.

The purpose of the study
The aim of this study is to explore the effects of depression, anxiety and self/other context on the perception of emotion in voices. We are interested in investing whether individual differences in relation to these variables influence responses to an online emotional voice discrimination task.

Why you have been invited
You have been invited to participate in this study because we are interested in individual differences in terms of mental health and wellbeing at all levels. There are no demographic restrictions to taking part in this study as we are seeking to have a varied and representative participant cohort. We do ask that all participants have normal or corrected to normal hearing to complete the voice discrimination task.

What your participation involves
If you choose to partake in this research the only demographic information you will be asked for is what gender you identify as and your age. You will then complete a short voice discrimination task where you will be asked to identify the emotion you hear in each voice recording. You will have the opportunity to run some practise trails before you begin to familiarise yourself with the task. Finally, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire designed to assess your experiences of depression and anxiety within the last week. It is important you understand that you are within your right to withdraw from participating in the study at any stage and you will not be asked for an explanation for doing so. If there are any questions you do not feel comfortable answering you may leave them out.

Confidentiality
Your data will be anonymised and kept confidential. Data will be stored on a GDPR-compliant server throughout the research process. Only the project lead and researcher will have access to your data at this stage. After the research has been completed, your anonymised data will be made readily available online in accordance with the principles of open science.

Research results
Once completed, the results of this research will be made available on request. The research will also be written up as part of a postgraduate dissertation with the view of future publication in an academic journal. Please contact us for more information.

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