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A STUDY INVESTIGATING THE EFFECTS OF MIND WANDERING ON READING IN A NORMAL ADULT POPULATION


This study is being conducted by MSc student Katie McKenzie and project supervisor Dr.Sophie Forster. If you have any questions or concerns please contact either myself (km380@sussex.ac.uk) or my research supervisor Dr.Sophie Forster from the department of psychology at the University of Sussex. She will be happy to be contacted should the need arise and her email address is: S.Forster@sussex.ac.uk


INVITATION


You are invited to take part in this study which investigates the impact of mind wandering on reading. Before deciding whether to participate it is important you understand the purpose of the research and what may be involved. Please read the following information carefully. Data collection will end on August 2nd 2018.


WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY?


The purpose of this research is to understand how individual differences affect the propensity to mind wander and find out how his affects reading.


This study is online and involves reading a 5000-word text, answering a questionnaire and some comprehension questions. This study may take between 20 and 45 minutes to complete and will differ depending on your reading speed.


DO I HAVE TO TAKE PART?


Participation in this study is entirely voluntary.

There are no disadvantages involved in participation other than the time involved.

By participating in this study, you are contributing to our understanding of mind wandering and how it interferes with reading and comprehension.



CAN I WITHDRAW?


If you would like to withdraw you can do so without having to provide a reason and your data will be deleted. You will not be affected in anyway by this decision. If you would like your data to be deleted please contact either myself: km380@sussex.ac.uk or my supervisor S.Forster@sussex.ac.uk.

The deadline for withdrawing your data is Thursday 2nd August 2018 when the data will be analysed.


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.

Upon completion of the dissertation, personal information such as your email address will be deleted.


WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE RESULTS OF THE RESEARCH STUDY?


The results will be used as part of a master’s dissertation. There is a possibility that the research results will be published.


WHO HAS APPROVED THIS STUDY?


This research has been approved through the School of Psychology ethical review process.

Reference: ER/KM380/2


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THANK YOU 😊


Thank you for the time you have taken to read this information sheet