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Curtin University
School of Psychology and Speech Pathology

Eyewitness Testimony And Jurors

Participant Information Sheet

Researchers: This project is being conducted by Kiel Brown, Karina Cass, Ryan McMillan, and Amanda Pearce as part of our fourth year psychology research project at Curtin University. Our supervisor is Dr. Lauren Hewitt.

What is the purpose of this research? This research will investigate the factors that affect juror’s verdicts. The findings of this research are important for the justice system to help us better understand the jury decision making process. Although this study will not benefit you directly, it will add to the growing body of research and further understanding in this area.

Who can take part in this research? To be eligible to participate, you must be at least 18 years old.

What happens if you participate in this research? Your involvement in this study is voluntary. If you choose to participate, you will read a short story about a crime and then you will be asked several questions about it from the perspective of a juror. The study is conducted online. The session will take around 15 – 20 minutes to complete. If you choose to participate, we ask that you allow enough time to complete the session the first time you access it online; you cannot return to the session if you exit partway through.

You may withdraw from the study at any time. If you decide to withdraw partway through, please do not attempt to participate in the study again on another occasion as this could be detrimental to the results we obtain.

Privacy and Confidentiality: To ensure anonymity, we will not ask you to provide any personal identifiable information during the study; the information you provide will be coded by number only and cannot be linked to you. We will keep the data for at least five years after publication. You will never be identified in the research project or in any other presentation or publication. In accordance with the requirements of some scientific journals and organisations, your coded data may be shared with other competent researchers. Your coded data may be used in other, related studies. A copy of the coded data will remain in the custody of Dr Hewitt.

What happens to the information that you provide? The overall findings will form part of our Bachelor of Psychology research project that will be submitted for assessment. The overall findings may be submitted for publication in a scientific journal, or presented at scientific conferences.

How to participate: By clicking on the link at the end of this form, you indicate you consent to participate in the study. The link will take you to the survey.

Prize draw: When you have submitted the questionnaire you will be given the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win one of eight $30 Woolworths fuel vouchers. The contact details you provide for the prize draw will not be linked to your responses in the survey; we will only use the contact details to conduct the prize draw and contact the winners.

Contact: Should you require further details either before, during or after the study, you may contact Ryan McMillan, by email to ryan.mcmillan@student.curtin.edu.au or Dr Lauren Hewitt (Supervisor) by email to lauren.hewitt@curtin.edu.au or phone 08 9266 3450.

Link to questionnaire

This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Psych and SP 2011 34). The Committee comprises members of the public, academics, lawyers, doctors and pastoral carers. Its main role is to protect participants. If needed, verification of approval can be obtained either by writing to the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee, c/- Office of Research and Development, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, 6845 or by telephoning 9266 2784 or by emailing hrec@curtin.edu.au.

Thank you for your interest in this research,
Ryan McMillan, Kiel Brown, Karina Cass and Amanda Pearce.