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This study is being conducted by Rachael Bates from the School of Psychology at Keele University as part of a final year project, supervised by Dr. Helen Williams. The aim of this research is to examine how people associate songs and memories of events from their own lives. Completing this experiment should take less than 30 minutes.

The aim of this research is to see how autobiographical memories can be prompted by songs that are self- generated. You will be asked to write down some songs you can remember from different stages in your lifetime, and then asked about memories associated with those songs.

There is a possible risk that you may recall an upsetting memory, if this happens you don’t have to describe it and can recall a different memory. You may find participation is beneficial and interesting as it may make you think about your own memory processes in different ways. More details about this research area will be given at the end.


Confidentiality and anonymity:

Please be advised that this research study uses an on-line program located in the U.S.  As such, there is a possibility that your answers may be accessed without your knowledge or consent by the U.S. government in compliance with the U.S. Patriot Act. However, the only personal information this experiment will ask for is your age, nationality, sex, and whether English is your first language. You will not be asked for any information that would be able to identify you. 

Your data will remain completely confidential and anonymous and individual results will never be reported; only group data will be analysed. The results of this study may be presented at academic conferences, in student reports of this project, and in articles in academic journals; data may also be used by Qualtrics for research, education, marketing and advertising, and other purposes. Data will be stored electronically by the researchers indefinitely for the purposes of future analysis.


Voluntary participation: 

You must be at least 18 years old in order to participate in this study. Participation is voluntary and you can choose to exit the experiment at any time and any data entered will be deleted and not analysed. Once you have completed the experiment and submitted your responses you will be unable to withdraw your data from the experiment.