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Consent to Participate in a Research Study

Principal Investigators

Nicholas Michalak (PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan) and Professor Joshua Ackerman (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan)

Invitation to participate in a research study

Nicholas Michalak ( and Professor Joshua Ackerman ( invite you to participate in a research study designed to explore mental associations people are aware of.

Description of subject involvement

If you agree to be part of the research study, you will read about a variety of concepts and report the degree to which each concept is connected to each word from a list.


Although you may not directly benefit from being in this study, others may benefit because we hope that our results will add to the knowledge about the relationship between personality characteristics and facial recognition. Your participation in this study is extremely valuable for our research, and we hope that participating will prove to be an educational experience.

Risks and discomforts

The researchers have taken steps to minimize the risks of this study. Even so, you may still experience some risks related to your participation, even when the researchers are careful to avoid them. These risks may include the potential stress of completing the tasks. Additionally, you may see some slightly disturbing images. We do not expect these to be any more extreme than what you would encounter during a normal day. If you would prefer to opt out, let the experimenter know. Also, if you experience a very negative reaction to any part of the study, please let the experimenter know. You can receive further support at University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services, (734) 764-8312,

You will receive 0.5 Sona credits for for your 30 minute session.


Study staff will protect your personal information closely, so no one will be able to connect your responses and any other information that identifies you. Federal or state laws may require us to show information to university or government officials (or sponsors), who are responsible for monitoring the safety of this study. Directly identifying information (e.g. names, addresses) will be safeguarded and maintained under controlled conditions. You will not be identified in any publication from this study.

Voluntary nature of the study

Participating in this study is completely voluntary. Even if you decide to participate now, you may change your mind and stop at any time. If you decide to withdraw early, you will not be penalized, and your data will be destroyed at your request. The investigator may withdraw you from this research if circumstances arise which warrant doing so. This would happen only if you are incapable of completing the study tasks.

Contact information

If you have questions about this research, including questions about scheduling or your compensation for participating, you may contact Joshua Ackerman at East Hall, Room 3227.

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or wish to obtain information, ask questions or discuss any concerns about this study with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact the University of Michigan Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Building 520, Room 1169, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800, (734) 936-0933 [or toll free, (866) 936-0933],

If you have questions, please ask the experimenter. For more detailed questions about the study and its purpose, please email the graduate student investigator, Nick Michalak (