You are invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of the study is to better understand factors influencing cognitive control of attention and memory, as is used for example when trying to filter out distractions in the environment or when remembering to pick up milk on your way home.
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to perform some cognitive tests on the computer and fill out one or more surveys. For the cognitive tests, you will be asked to maintain your attention and respond appropriately depending on what number, shape, word, pattern, or sound you see or hear. The surveys inquire about information such as demographics, personality, your current life concerns, general information about where you are taking the task, and your daily habits such as caffeine use and preferred time of day. You are free to skip any questions that you prefer not to answer. The study will take approximately 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. The study may take two sessions to complete (e.g., the first session today, the second session at least two days from today). The experimenter will inform you of the number of sessions and length of each session before you begin. One session will take place on the Washington University campus, and one session will take place online on your own personal computer.
We will keep the information you provide confidential. However, federal regulatory agencies and Washington University, including the Washington University Institutional Review Board (a committee that reviews and approves research studies) may inspect and copy records pertaining to this research. Note that we will not collect your name or any identifying information about you. It will not be possible to link you to your responses on the cognitive tests or surveys because we use random code numbers. If we write a report about this study, we will do so in such a way that you cannot be identified.
There are no known risks from being in this study, and you will not benefit personally. However, we hope that others may benefit in the future from what we learn as a result of this study.
You will not have any costs for being in this research study.
You will receive either course credit or cash for your participation at a rate of 1 credit or $10 per hour. For example, if the study takes 30 minutes, you will receive .5 credit or $5. You will be compensated at the end of the session that occurs on the Washington University campus. If you elect to end a study session early, you will be compensated for the amount of time you participated (for example, if you withdraw after 30 minutes of a 1 hour session, you will receive $5 or .5 credit).
If you prefer to earn course credit via an alternative other than research participation, please consult your course syllabus for a description of alternative options.
You will need to provide your social security number (SSN) in order for us to pay you. Your social security number is obtained for payment purposes only, and will not be retained for research purposes. You may also need to provide your address if a check will be mailed to you.
Taking part in this research study is completely voluntary. If you decide not to be in this study, or if you stop participating at any time, you wont be penalized or lose any benefits for which you otherwise qualify. If you do not wish to participate, you can simply tell the researcher now, or choose "I do not consent" below. If you decide to withdraw from the study after it begins, simply tell the researcher you no longer want to participate, or press the ESC key on your keyboard and close your browser window.
If you have any questions about the research study, please contact Dr. Julie Bugg at 314-935-7514. If you feel that you have been harmed in any way by your participation in this study, please contact: Dr. Julie Bugg at 314-935-7514. If you have questions, concerns, or complaints about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Human Research Protection Office at 660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8089, St. Louis, MO 63110, 1-(800)-438-0445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. General information about being a research participant can be found on the Human Research Protection Office web site, http://hrpo.wustl.edu. To offer input about your experiences as a research participant or to speak to someone other than the research staff, call the Human Research Protection Office at the number above.
Thank you very much for your consideration of this research study.
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