Informed Consent Form
You are hereby invited to be a participant in a research study on emotions. You may only take part in this study if you are at least 18 years old if you are fluent in English.
This research study was approved by the Ethics Board at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
Background Information and Purpose of this Study: The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of writing about a past experience on your current emotions.
Procedures: If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to write about a past experience of yours. You will also be asked to rate your current emotional state and to answer some demographic questions. Typically, this kind of study lasts about 5-8 minutes. In the survey, there are some questions of a sensitive or personal nature. If you do not feel comfortable answering these questions, you may select “prefer not to answer”. Please remember that you are also completely free to quit the survey at any time.
Risks and Benefits: The writing exercise might induce a brief emotional state. However, we have no reason to expect these feelings to last beyond the study or to have any serious consequences. There are no direct benefits to participating, though you may gain some insight into your emotions.
Compensation: There will be no monetary compensation for participating in this study.
Confidentiality: The records of this study will be kept strictly confidential. Data will be stored in a password-protected Qualtrics account belonging to the faculty supervisor.
Voluntary Nature of the Study: This study is completely voluntary. Declining to participate will have no negative consequences. If you choose to take part in this study, you are free to quit at any time with no penalty whatsoever. You can close the survey by cancelling the window.
Contacts and Questions: If you have any questions or concerns regarding this study, please contact one of the researchers listed below.
Statement of Consent: Statement of Consent: If you understand the above information and choose to participate in this study, please click the arrow button at the bottom right of this page. Please note that by consenting to participate in this experiment, you are agreeing to the following statement: "I am at least 18 years old and I am fluent in English".