Personality in Psychology

Informed Consent

Information about the study

This study is linked to your Year-4 Personality Psychology lectures. You will get feedback on all measures where possible. To do this, you will answer a series of personality items, typically on a Lickert (Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Agree) scale. The items all have a wide range of normal responses. For instance “I’d rather cooperate than go my own way”. You will also take a vocabulary test and a spatial reasoning test, fill in a survey about your moral beliefs/values, and answer some simple demographic questions (e.g. your age, gender, etc.). You will receive feedback on these tasks. The individual measures vary from two to about 25 minutes. The study does not involve any risks or detrimental side effects.

This data is collected for the purposes of studying the inter-relationships between personality, values, and intelligence. From time to time we have paid studies, in which participants are paid some amount of money for participation, rather than course credit; you can use your stored responses for these studies as well. Many of these studies are focused on some, or all, of the traits and abilities we are measuring here, in addition to other tasks which they may ask you to do.

Every experiment in the department must undergo professional ethical scrutiny and approval before being conducted. Any study seeking to access the data we collect here must request permission to do so, and justify such a request, including maintaining data security and anonymity of the participants.


Your participation is completely voluntary. You can refuse to participate without giving any reason and you can stop your participation at any time during the study. There will be no negative consequences whatsoever.


This study adheres to the Code of Ethics of the University of Edinburgh. We never share personal information. The data we collect will be stored with a secure ID to allow you to reuse your answers in other research. At the end of the year, this ID will be deleted entirely. Anonymized data may be shared in public data repositories, for example when scientific articles require public data sharing whenever a scientific article is accepted for publication.

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