An online study examining the impact of imagery on mood *SCREEN*
Please read this information carefully before deciding to take part in this research. If you are happy to participate you will be asked to sign a consent form.
What is the research about?
I am a postgraduate clinical psychology student conducting this research as part of my degree at the University of Southampton. This study aims to explore the impact mental imagery on mood.
Statement of Consent
I have read and understood the information about this study.
In consenting, I understand that personal information will not be released to or viewed by anyone other than researchers involved in this project. Results of this study will not include your name or any other identifying characteristics.
Completion of this questionnaire will be taken as evidence of you giving informed consent to be included as a participant in this study, for your data to be used for the purposes of research, and that you understand that published results of this research project will maintain your confidentially. Your participation is voluntary and you may withdraw your participation at any time. If you choose not to participate there will be no consequences to your grade or to your treatment as a student in the psychology department.
What will happen to me if I take part?
Having signed up to this study, you will take part in a brief online screening questionnaire (approximately 5 minutes) to determine whether you fit the criteria to participate in the following parts of the study. If you are a student at the University of Southampton, you will receive 1 research credit for completing this screening measure. If you are selected for the study, you will then be asked to provide some basic demographic information and answer questions about your mood (approximately 5 minutes). Following this, you will be asked to listen to an audio tape (5 minutes). Having listened to the tape, you will be asked complete a questionnaire about your mood whilst holding a specific image in mind (approximately 5 minutes). Finally, you will have the option to complete a brief mood repair to reduce distress (if any). Having completed the study, you will be debriefed. The whole study should take no longer than 25 minutes to complete.
Are there any benefits in my taking part?
Students from the University of Southampton will receive 1 course credit upon completion of the screening and 3 further course credits for their participation on completion of the whole study (if eligible). For other participants, there are no direct benefits for taking part; however, this research will increase current knowledge regarding the impact of mental imagery on mood.
Are there any risks involved?
There are no major risks in this study; however, as this study involves imagery, it is possible that you may experience transient discomfort. If you feel unable to continue your participation, please be ensured that you are free to withdraw at any time. If you do feel discomfort at any point during the study, I advise you to contact your GP for support. Alternatively, you may visit the following website: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us. You can also find mental health information on the NHS choices website: http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx. University of Southampton students and staff may visit the university’s enabling services website (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/edusupport/mental_health_and_wellbeing/index.page) to get more information about where to receive support. Please note that the university counselling services are only available to staff and students recruited at the university. If you are an international student at the University of Southampton, you may visit http://www.southampton.ac.uk/uni-life/international/support.page for support.
If you wish to take part, please tick the consent box below and follow the links.
What happens if I change my mind?
You have the right to withdraw at any time during the study without penalty.

What will happen to the results of the research?
The research data will be stored for a minimum of 10 years as per University of Southampton policy. I plan to write up the results of the study and submit them to an academic journal. If you would like a copy of the results, please contact the researcher (details below). Please ensure that all data will be treated anonymously and, as such, no identifiable information will be published in the results.
Where can I get more information?
If you have any further questions regarding this study, please contact me at ms13g14@soton.ac.uk

What happens if something goes wrong?
If you have any concerns or complaints, please contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 3856, email: fshs-rso@soton.ac.uk

Thank you for reading this information and considering to take part in this research
Why have I been chosen?
You have been chosen because you are aged 18 and above. This study uses a self-selected sample (i.e., your participation is voluntary).
Researcher: Monica Sood
ERGO Study ID number: 31488
Will my participation be confidential?
Your participation will be completely confidential in compliance with the Data Protection Act and University policy. All the information you provide will be kept confidential and anonymous at all times – this will be ensured by a password-protected computer. Your data will only be seen by myself and my supervisors.
What should I do if I want to take part?