New York University A private university in the public service
Department of Psychology
6 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003
Study Title: Dimensions in Psychiatry
being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide to
participate it is important for you to understand why the research is being
done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following
information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there
is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.
tells you the purpose of this study and what you will do if you take part.
gives you more detailed information about the conduct of the study.
the purpose of this study?
interested in defining basic cognitive processes that relate to mental health
problems. We have developed a number of computerized psychological tasks to
assess learning, decision-making, flexibility and cognitive performance. Our
research is composed of these tests and an IQ test. It also involves answering
questions pertaining to a medical perspective on mental health (‘psychiatry’).
Sometimes you will be shown pictures of a 1 cent coin when you get an answer
I been chosen?
been chosen because you fit into one of the following groups:
a. (1) you have self-identified as someone who suffers from obsessive-compulsive
disorder (OCD) or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and (2) you have expressed
an interest in participating in this research.
b. (1) you have self-identified as someone who does not suffer from a
mental health disorder, (2) you have a first-degree relative who suffers from
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and
(3) you have expressed an interest in participating in this research.
c. (1) you have self-identified as someone who does not suffer from a
mental health disorder, and (2) you have expressed an interest in participating
in this research.
have to take part?
It is up to you to decide, based on what you
have read here, will electronically consent to the study before completing any
of the online tasks or questions. You are free to withdraw at any time, without
giving a reason.
does screening involve?
Before you can take part in the study, we
need to check very carefully that you are suitable (i.e. meet all of the
requirements for entry into this study). You will first fill in a brief form
where you will give us your email address and answer some basic questions that
we will use to check if you might be suitable for inclusion in this study. If
from your answers it looks as though you may be suitable, we will email you and
arrange for a trained screener to speak with you over the phone and conduct a
more extensive screening interview. If the screener determines that you are
eligible to take part, then you will be sent a link to a website where you can
take part in the experiment. Note that if you are not eligible to take part in
the experiment (determined by online form or by the telephone screening), you
will not receive any payment.
What does the experiment involve? What you
will do if you take part?
If you are eligible to take part after
screening, you will be asked to take part in this experiment at home, on your
personal computer. You will answer some questions about issues relating to
mental health, provide some demographic information and complete some
computerized tests. We will ask you to take part in a quiet room with no
distractions. You should complete all of the tasks by yourself. All together,
the experiment will take no more than 2 hours.
the possible risks/side effects of taking part?
Although every effort will be made to prevent it,
you may find the sensitive nature of some of the questions upsetting. In that
event, please contact the investigator, who will provide you with useful
information for how to best address these feelings.
the possible benefits of taking part?
are no therapeutic benefits of taking part in this study.
Will I get paid?
Yes. We will pay you $20, in addition to a
small bonus for performance on one of the computerized
tasks, which will range between 0-$3. Note that if you are not
eligible to take part in the experiment (determined by online form or by the
telephone screening), you will not receive any payment.
taking part in the study be kept confidential?
will not inform anyone of your participation in the study without your consent.
All information gathered about you during the study will be kept confidential.
The details of this are included in Part 2.
there is a problem?
have a concern about any aspect of this study, you should ask to speak to the Study
Manager Dr. Claire Gillan who will do her best to answer your questions (+1
212-998-8317, firstname.lastname@example.org). If you remain unhappy, you can
contact the Principal Investigator for this project (Dr. Elizabeth A. Phelps,
212-998-8337, email@example.com). For questions about your rights as a research participant, you may
contact the University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects
(UCAIHS), 665 Broadway, Suite 804, New York University, (212) 998-4808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
taking part in this study be kept confidential?
information that is collected about you in this study will be kept strictly
confidential. Only members of the research team will have access to the data.
Your name will not be directly linked to the data that you provide and will not
be disclosed to people outside of the study. To ensure confidentiality, your
data will be assigned a code number so that your data will be linked to a code
rather than your email address. We ask for your email address at the same time
as we collect some pre-screening data that is sensitive in nature. Within
14-days of signing up, we expunge your email address from this file and replace
it with a code number. The master list linking code names with subject email
addresses will be securely stored in a password protected computer file on a
computer stored in a locked room at the psychology department of New York
University. Only members of the study team and regulatory authorities (who
monitor the quality of the research) will have access to this identifiable
will happen to the results of the research study?
results will be reported in scientific journals, conference presentations, and
internal research group reports. As per established guidelines, behavioral data
will be stored for 10 years after the end of the study, using subject codes to
organizing and funding the research?
study is being organized by the Department of Psychology at New York University.
This study is supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust.
Who has reviewed
study has been approved by the New York University Committee on Activities
Involving Human Subjects.
happens at the end of the study?
data from several volunteers are collected, they will be analyzed and written
up for publication in a scientific journal. The results may also be presented
at scientific meetings, or in talks at academic institutions. The results will
always be presented in such a way that data from individual volunteers cannot
withdraw from the study?
withdraw from the study at any time without explaining why.