Gender Influences on Eyewitness Memory

Dear Research Participant:

 

Your participation in a research project is requested. The title of the study is Gender Influences on Eyewitness Memory. The research is being conducted by Victoria Todd, a graduate student and Dr. Linda L. Bacheller, a professor in the Psychology Department at Barry University, and it is seeking information that will be useful in the field of psychology and law. The aims of the research are to examine ­­­­­­­memory and gender. In accordance with these aims, the following procedure will be used: a questionnaire follows this letter. I anticipate the number of participants to be 500. 

If you decide to participate in this research, you will be asked to do the following: view a short video, answer a demographic questionnaire, and then complete a questionnaire related to the video. The survey is estimated to take no more than 15 minutes to complete. 

Your consent to be a research participant is strictly voluntary and should you decline to participate or should you choose to drop out at any time during the study, there will be no adverse effects. If you are a student there will be no effect on your grades.

The risks of involvement in this study are minimal.  The following procedures will be used to minimize these risks: you can skip any questions you do not want to answer. There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this study; however, your participation will contribute to research in the area of psychology and law. If you are a student, you may be able to receive extra credit for your participation. Print a copy of this cover letter as proof of your participation.

As a research participant, information you provide will be kept anonymous, that is, no names or other identifiers will be collected. Your opinions will be collected via an anonymous online survey tool, PsychData. The following description outlines PsychData’s policies with respect to confidentiality and data security: “PsychData is specifically designed to meet and exceed industry standards for Internet security as well as IRB standards for the protection of research participants. Our servers, database, and web presence employ multiple forms of enterprise-level security features to accomplish these goals. PsychData utilizes Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 256-bit encryption technology to ensure protection of all data transactions on our website. Data is encrypted at the instant that a user submits it and can only be decoded by the target server. PsychData maintains an SSL certificate from VeriSign, the industry leader in SSL technology.” In addition, PsychData allows for disabling IP address collection, thereby assuring that the results I will receive will be truly anonymous and there will be no record kept of your IP address nor linkages I could utilize to identify you. Upon completion of data collection, all electronic data will be downloaded and then deleted from the PsychData server.

By completing and submitting this electronic survey you are acknowledging that you are at least 18-years-old and that you voluntarily agree to participate in the study.

 

Thank you for your participation.

 

Sincerely,

Victoria Todd, BFA

 

This study has been reviewed and approved by Barry University's Institutional Review Board and assigned the following protocol number: 170301. If you have questions, contact the supervising researcher Dr. Linda L. Bacheller by phone at (305) 899-4576 or by email at lbacheller@barry.edu. You may also contact the Institutional Review Board point of contact, Barbara Cook, by phone at (305) 899-3020 or by email at bcook@mail.barry.edu.

Print this page if you need proof of participation.

Continue ONLY when finished. You will be unable to return or change your answers.

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