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Curtin University
School of Psychology and Speech Pathology

Individual Differences In Cognitive Styles, Assessment,And Feeback Preferences

Participant Information Sheet

Hello. Our names are Elizabeth, James, Lara, Lauren, Ling, Martin, and Vivian, and we are 4th year Bachelor of Psychology students at Curtin University. We are conducting research examining the effects of cognitive style on university students’ preference for types of assessments and assessment feedback.

If you are currently a university student and aged over 17 years, we would like to invite you to take part in this research. This will involve completing an online questionnaire about your cognitive style, your preferred assessment method, and your preferred method of feedback. The questionnaire will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Although participation in this research will not benefit you directly, the information that you provide will help to develop an understanding of what factors affect assessment and feedback preferences.

Your participation is entirely voluntary and you have the right to withdraw at any time prior to submitting your online questionnaire. The questionnaire will not request any personal or identifying information, to ensure your anonymity. If you choose to complete and submit the questionnaire, we will assume that you have provided your consent for our group and our research supervisors to use your data in our research and future publications.

At the end of the questionnaire you will be offered the opportunity to enter your email address to have a chance to win one of seven $50 Coles Myer or Amazon gift vouchers. To ensure confidentiality, your email address and the questionnaire responses will be stored separately to ensure no connecting links.

The information that you provide will be accessed only by our research group and our supervisors. The data will be secured in a locked cabinet at Curtin University for five years, before it is destroyed, in accordance with the University’s policy.

If you would like further information about this research, please feel free to contact our supervisors, Dr. Natalie Gasson ( or Dr. Mara Blosfelds ( If you wish to speak to someone who is not directly connected to the study, please contact Gillian Stevens on 9266 3027 (

Thank you. To start the questionnaire, please click on the link below. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Link to questionnaire

This study has been approved under Curtin University's process for lower-risk Studies (Approval Number: Psych and SP 2012 - 37). This process complies with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (Chapter 5.1.7 and Chapters 5.1.18-5.1.21). For further information on this study contact the researchers named above or the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee. c/- Office of Research and Development, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth 6845 or by telephoning 9266 9223 or by emailing  

Thank you for your interest in this research,
Lara Paino, Elizabeth Bernarde, Wai Yan Vivian Hung, Lauren Hurley, Martin-Daniel Jozwiak and James Vlahov.