You are being invited to take part in a study investigating personality and dream content. It is important for you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. You can contact us if you have any questions or would like anything explaining further.

What is the purpose of the study?

The study aims to understand the extent of which waking life personality is reflected in dream content. It will enquire about personality traits and dreams to discover if behaviours associated with certain traits are displayed in the dreams of people who possess these traits. The study will be written up for an MSc dissertation project.

Why have I been chosen?

This study is recruiting as many people as possible from the general population. A large sample size is valuable to ensure we gather information from a range of different people, meaning that results are more likely to represent the general population we are sampling from.

Do I have to take part?

No, participation is entirely voluntary. You are free to withdraw at any point and your data can be removed if so. You do not need to provide a reason for withdrawal.

What will happen to me if I take part?

You will be asked to complete three questionnaires. One will assess personality traits, one will ask about your dream content and the other will ask you some demographic questions. This should take about ten minutes to complete in total.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

You will be unable to find out your own results from the personality test.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

You will be assisting in data collection for a dissertation project and the data will contribute towards understanding what is happening in our dreams. If you would like further information about the outcome of the research project, you are welcome to contact Tom Jenkins.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All data is collected securely and anonymously. If you wish to take part, you will complete a short series of online questionnaires. We do not ask for your name and your data will be captured using only a participant number. As you fill them out and submit, your data is anonymised and your participant number will be unknown to the researcher and anybody else. Strict confidentiality is always maintained.

What will happen to my data?

All study data will be held in accordance to the General Data Protection Regulation (2018). The questionnaires you fill out will be anonymised and no personal information will be available to the researchers.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The results will be used for an MSc dissertation project. The project will be completed in mid-August and results can be discussed upon request.

Who can I contact if I want more information?

If you would like any information about the study, or a summary/explanation of the results, please contact Tom Jenkins: This project is being supervised by Dr Margaret Martin ( and has approval from the University of Glasgow College of Science and Engineering ethics committee.

Thank you for your participation,

Tom Jenkins

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