Moral judgements in difficult situations

De Bruine and Steven

My name is Gary Steven and I’m an MSc student at the University of Glasgow, under the supervision of Professor Lisa De Bruine. You are being invited to take part in a research study. 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:


Previous researchers have debated the reasons behind our moral judgements and we want to find out what people think is the right thing to do and how different people think about some difficult situations.

What’s involved if you decide to take part?

This research involves reading descriptions of a few difficult situations and considering what the moral thing to do is in that situation. There are no right or wrong answers; we’re interested in your honest opinion. After looking at these situations, we’ll ask you to complete some questionnaires that tell us a little about you. Please answer honestly. When everything is completed, you’ll see a final information page which describes the background to our research in more detail. It should take 10-15 minutes.

Why have you been chosen?

This research is not focused on any particular group of people. We’re interested in how people in general think and you have been invited as part of the general population. The only requirement is that you speak English proficiently and are over 18 years of age.

Do you have to take part?

You are under no obligation. If you would like to take part in the study, we’d be very pleased. However, you can choose to stop now, or at any time once you begin. Participation is voluntary.

What happens to your information?

We will ask for some information about you (age, sex) but we will not store any identifying information with your responses to the questions. All responses will be linked to a participant ID code rather than a name. Data will be stored on a password-protected computer and you will not be asked for an email address or other details.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of the study will be written up in an MSc dissertation which will refer only to the aggregated data. If you would like more information and/or a summary of the anonymised results and conclusions, please write to:

Thank you very much.

Gary Steven

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