Individual differences in the sensory perceptions of both synaesthetes and controls
You are invited to participate in a research study. Before deciding whether you wish to take part, it is important to acknowledge the reasons behind the research and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully.
Synaesthesia is a condition in which a sensation in one of the senses causes the automatic and involuntary perception of another sense. In the general population these would be experienced in isolation. The most common form of synaesthesia is grapheme-colour synaesthesia, where the presentation of a letter or number results in the perception of a colour either “in the mind’s eye” or projected onto the page. There are many other forms of synaesthesia including time-space, sound-to-colour synaesthesia etc. If you are unsure whether you have synaesthesia feel free to try out the online battery: http://synesthete.org/.
The aim of the present study is to explore whether synaesthetes and controls perceive the world in different ways. If you decide to take part, this study involves completing an online questionnaire concerning visual perception, personality and viewing images including black and white gratings. This should take no longer than 20 minutes.
To Access a crucial part of the experiment you must use a laptop or PC NOT a mobile or tablet. If you experience difficulty with part two of the study please do not hesitate to email us.
WHY HAVE I BEEN INVITED TO PARTICIPATE?
You have been selected to take part in this study either because you have been identified as a synaesthete or you were randomly selected as part of a control group.
You should NOT participate if you have a history of epilepsy.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE PART?
Participation in this study is voluntary. You are free to decide to withdraw from this study without providing any reason and your data will be destroyed. Please be assured that if you are a student at the University of Sussex, your decisions regarding participation will not affect your future assessments, marks or future studies.
There are no major disadvantages involved in participation other than the time involved.
By participating in this study you are contributing to our understanding of synaesthesia as well as individual differences in sensory perception.
WILL MY INFORMATION IN THIS STUDY BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?
All information collected from participants will be kept strictly confidential. Therefore, anonymity and privacy will be ensured in the collection, storage and publication of the research material. Participant ID is collected automatically in place of requesting your name to retain anonymity. If you wish to find out more about your data please record your unique participant ID which will be presented at the end of the the study.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE ?
If you would like to take part in this study, please complete the questions. By using the tick box it is understood you have consented to participate in the study. Results will be returned to Claire Hoadley and Katie McKenzie. This research is being conducted by final year students from the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. The results of this study will be used for two separate dissertations for undergraduate Psychology degrees, in which results are analysed separately. This research has been approved through the School of Psychology's ethical review process.
CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information, please feel free to contact Katie McKenzie
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Claire Hoadley, (email@example.com).
If you have any concerns about the way in which this study has been conducted, you may contact the project supervisor of this research,
Jamie Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org). University of Sussex has insurance in place to cover its legal liabilities with respect to this study.
For the time you have taken to read this information sheet.
Claire and Katie
School of Psychology
University of Sussex