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“In the Mood”: A Web Survey of Mood and Music Preference


       
 
 


Participant Information Statement - UNSW HREC Approval No: 09033

Purpose of study
This study is being carried out by researchers at the University of New South Wales. This study aims to evaluate whether people use music to manage their mood in various day to day situations; also whether people’s music choice varies according to their personality type and when they are depressed.

Who can take part?
To be eligible to participate, you must:
- be over 18 years of age
- have access to a computer and the internet
- be computer literate with the ability to read and write English.

What is involved?
We will not need any identifying information from you and the survey is completely anonymous. If you decide to participate you will be directed to the study website whereupon you will be asked to answer a number of questions about your personality, mood, and depression history. You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire about your music listening behaviour and any musical training you may have. Altogether, this should take about 30 minutes.

Risks and benefits
This survey provides an opportunity for participants to contribute to research on reasons for listening to music in everyday life and the relationship between music self selection, personality and mood. The information you enter is completely confidential. Some of the questions will ask about your current mood and past history of depression. The risk of causing distress is low, however should you become distressed, you must contact your clinician, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the crisis call number of your closest hospital.

Security
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Voluntary participation
Taking part in this study is entirely voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate will not prejudice your future relations with the University. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time without prejudice; simply close your internet browser.

Feedback to participants
A summary of the research findings will be posted on the Black Dog Institute website www.blackdoginstitute.org.au at the conclusion of the study.

Questions or complaints
This study has been approved by the Ethics Committee at the University of New South Wales (approval number 09033). If you have any questions about the study, please feel free to contact the Principal Investigator Professor Kay Wilhelm at Level 4, DeLacy Building; St Vincents Hospital, Victoria Street Darlinghurst, NSW 2010, Australia, phone (02) 8382 3433, fax (02) 8382 3479, email kwilhelm@stvincents.com.au. Complaints may be directed to the Ethics Secretariat, The University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052 Australia, phone (02) 9385 4234, fax (02) 9385 6648, email ethics.sec@unsw.edu.au.
 
 
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Security
The security of your personal information is important to us. We use a third party web-based service operated by QuestionPro in the USA for conducting surveys. The data remains controlled by us. QuestionPro follows industry standards to protect personal information and uses secure socket layer (SSL) technology. More information on QuestionPro and their Privacy Policy is available on their website at www.questionpro.com. However, no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. By using this service you understand that we use the QuestionPro service and consent to the transfer of relevant data to the USA based system. We also encourage you to take responsibility for the security of your own computer system.
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