Social cognition in autism: camouflaging and perception of emotion authenticity

You are being invited to take part in a research project investigating social camouflaging and perception of emotion authenticity.

Before you decide if you want to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the information on this page carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

Please take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part. I hope that this page will answer any questions you have about the study.

1. What is the purpose of the study? The purpose of this study is to gain further understanding of how our outward behaviours or habits may relate to our perceptions of others’ displays of emotions. The aim of this study is to investigate whether there may be any potential links between how much we may try to camouflage our authentic selves and how well we can recognise the authenticity of expressions displayed by others.

2. Why have I been chosen? You are being asked to take part because the survey invite has been sent out widely to online research participants across the UK, and you are believed to be suitable for participation. To be eligible for the study, you need to be 18 or above. Although part of this experiment will measure autistic traits, the questionnaires are designed to be suitable for the general population.

3. Do I have to take part? Participation in this experiment is voluntary. If, after you have started to take part, you change your mind, you can simply close your tab or browser. All answers are anonymised and will be kept confidentially so you will not be identifiable in any way.

4. What does my participation involve? This is an online study via Experimentum. If you take part, you will need to provide consent before starting. Once consent has been given via the drop-down box on the next page, you will be asked to complete a facial recognition task where you need to identify whether a displayed facial expression is fake or genuine. This will take approximately 4-5 minutes. The next part of the experiment will ask you to complete some multiple-choice questions about what you think about yourself, your experiences in social interactions, behaviours and then some demographic questions. This will take about approximately 10-15 minutes. You do not have to answer any question that you do not want to. In total, the experiment should take no longer than 20-30 minutes.

5. Who has reviewed the study? This study has been reviewed and agreed by the School of Education Ethics Committee, University of Glasgow.

6. Will the information that I give you in this study be kept confidential? I will keep all the data on the University password-protected server (i.e., OneDrive). You do not need to provide your name as I will use an anonymised participation ID instead (e.g., last two letters of surname + last two digits of mobile number). This unique participation ID will not be recognised by anyone else other than yourself. No individual data will be analysed and presented in the research project. As such, your participation will be kept confidential.

7. What will happen to the results of this study? I will analyse the data collected and present this in my dissertation project, which I am writing as part of my MSc Psychology (conversion) course. If you would like to receive a written summary of the findings at the end of the project, please contact me via email on the address below.

8. Who can I contact for further information? If you have any questions about this study or require further signposting regarding the topics of this project, you can ask me, Rebecca Dew ( ) or my supervisor, Dr Joanna Wincenciak ( ) or the Ethics officer for the School of Education,

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