INFORMATION FORM

Title: Relationship between sensory sensitivity as measured with the Glasgow Sensory Questionnaire and the Audio-Visual Abnormalities Questionnaire in the general population.

You are being invited to take part in a research study that is investigating the relationship between sensory sensitivity as measured with two non-diagnostic questionnaires in the general population. It is essential that you understand why the research is being carried out, what your participation will involve and how confidentiality will be ensured. Accordingly, please take the time to read this information sheet carefully.

What is the purpose of the study? The purpose of this study is to investigate sensory sensitivity in the general population, using two different questionnaires that both measure sensory sensitivity. Sensitivity to certain environmental aspects such as light and sound will differ from person to person and we would like to investigate these individual differences in more depth.

Why have I been chosen to take part in this study?
We aim to investigate sensory sensitivity in the general population. Therefore, anyone above the age of 16 years old is welcome to participate.

Do I have to take part? Your participation is completely voluntary, and you can withdraw from the experiment at any time, even after you have completed the questionnaires and signed a consent form. If you wish to withdraw, please contact the researchers listed. Please note that any personal data will not be retained.

What’s involved if I agree to take part?
You will be asked to complete two questionnaires which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete in total. Additionally, you will be asked to provide some basic personal information.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential? All collected information for this study will be kept confidential. Any identifying information will be anonymised, and no personal data will be used in the analysis of results. We will endeavour to ensure confidentiality and the omission of identifying information. The following steps will be taken:

1) You will be assigned a number ID upon completion of the questionnaires. Should you wish to withdraw your data, this number will identify which set of results to omit as identifying information and will not be linked to any data.

2) Your results for the questionnaires will be stored securely on an online server based at the University of Glasgow (Experimentum) and will only be accessible to the researchers.

What will happen to the results of the research study?
Questionnaire results will be stored on an online server, Experimentum, and will only be accessible to the researchers. For analysis, the data will be stored on an encrypted device also only accessible to the researchers.

Who’s organising this research? This research is conducted as part of the Psychology Honours course at the University of Glasgow and is run by six third year psychology students under the supervision of Dr. David Simmons.

Who can I contact if I want more information?
If you wish to find out more about the study and/or if you would like a summary of the anonymised results and findings, you can contact Jake Johnstone (2280076j@student.gla.ac.uk) or the study’s supervisor Dr. David Simmons (david.simmons@glasgow.ac.uk).

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