This research is being conducted by Sarah Gawronska as part of a requirement for a psychology class (PSY 462) at Hanover College. The goal of this study is to learn about people’s interpretation of photographs depicting social interactions. If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to evaluate photographs of people in everyday situations. You will also be asked to complete several short questionnaires assessing your preferences and your current emotional state.

It is expected that the study will take less than 30 minutes to complete. There are no anticipated risks associated with participating in this research. Any discomfort or stress you experience does not exceed what you would be expected to experience in everyday life. The information you provide during the study is completely anonymous; at no time will your name be associated with the responses you give.

If you have questions now or after the study, please contact:

  • For questions about the research itself, you may contact the researcher: Sarah Gawronska at gawronskas17@hanover.edu.
  • For questions about your rights as a participant in this research, you may contact the faculty member supervising the research, Dr. Bill Altermatt, at altermattw@hanover.edu, or the chair of Hanover College’s Institutional Review Board, Dean Jacks, at jacks@hanover.edu.

Participation in this study is voluntary. Even after you give informed consent, you may decide to leave the study at any time without penalty. Incomplete participation will not result in credit for participating, but you may complete an alternative assignment of equal time commitment in order to receive credit.