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                                                                                                                                   CUREB clearance #: 15-025


Online Study Consent Form


Title: People’s perceptions of academic disciplines (Free listing)


Date of ethics clearance: 02/18/2016


Ethics Clearance for the Collection of Data Expires: 08/31/2016


This is a study on people’s perception of academic disciplines. It aims to understand which disciplines are viewed to be similar, and which disciplines are viewed to be different. The researcher for this study is Gina Hernandez in the Psychology Department at Carleton University. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Lacroix in the Psychology Department at Carleton University.


Description of study. First, you will be asked to complete a Free Listing Task. You will be asked to name as many scientific disciplines as you can. Secondly, you will be asked to complete a rating task. You will be shown 20 academic discipline (e.g., geology) presented one at a time. Your task will be to provide your opinion of the difficulty of the academic disciplines, you will use a 7-point Likert scale: from very easy to understand to very difficult to understand. Finally, you will be shown some statements about the world and people (e.g., Sound travels faster than light), and you will be asked to say if they are true or false. To conclude the study, you will be asked to provide demographic information including your age and gender.


Duration of study. There is no time limit to complete these tasks, you can take as much time as you need. Usually it takes less than 30 min to complete the experiment. This experiment provides no compensation, but you will have the satisfaction of having contributed to the further understanding of psychology.


Risk and discomfort. There are no potential physical or psychological risks associated with participation in this experiment.


Anonymity and confidentiality. All data for this experiment will be collected with the online Application Service Provider (ASP) Qualtrics. Data transmissions and storage are encrypted, data access is protected by a password, and IP Addresses will not be stored. All data collected in this experiment will be kept strictly confidential through the assignment of a coded number. The information provided will be useful for research purposes only and you will not be identified in any way on any reports produced from this study. Finally, the information is made available only to the researchers associated with this experiment. Paper and electronic data will be kept for 3 years after publication. Note that if you withdraw from the study, your data will be destroyed and not used in the study.


Right to withdraw.  You have the right to withdraw from this experiment at any time without any kind of penalty. Your participation in this experiment is completely voluntary. If you wish to withdraw, on the bottom left hand corner of the survey there is a “Click here if you wish to withdraw from the study option”.


Once the project is completed, all research data will be kept for five years and potentially used for other research projects on this same topic. At the end of five years, all research data will be deleted.


If you would like a copy of the finished research project, you are invited to contact the researcher to request an electronic copy which will be provided to you as long as the safety of all participants will not be comprised by doing so.


The ethics protocol for this project was reviewed by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board, which provided clearance to carry out the research. Should you have questions or concerns related to your involvement in this research, please contact:


CUREB contact information:

Professor Shelley Brown, Chair (CUREB-B)

Professor Andy Adler, Vice-Chair

Carleton University Research Ethics Board

Carleton University

511 Tory

1125 Colonel By Drive

Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Tel: 613-520-2517


Researcher contact information:                                             

Gina Hernandez                                                                          

Department of Psychology                                                          

Carleton University                                                                                           



Supervisor contact information:

Guy Lacroix

Department of Psychology

Carleton University  


Tel: (613) 520-2600 ext. 1541


By clicking “Accept”, you consent to participate in the research study as described above.