Welcome to our study

The relationship between depression/borderline features, facial emotion recognition, and facial trait appraisals.  

This research aims to explore how levels of depression and borderline traits are related to the ability of recognising facial emotions at different intensities and traits such as dominance, trustworthiness, and attractiveness based on facial characteristics in a sub-clinical sample.     

Before you decide whether you would like to take part, please read the following information carefully.

 In order to take part in this study, you must be over the age of 18, have normal or corrected to normal vision and an ability to read English. Taking part in this research is entirely voluntary.

What does the study involve?
If you decide to take part, you will be asked to complete questions regarding your demographics and three questionnaires related to your mood and your personality. Following this, you will complete 3 facial recognition tests. In two of them, you will see a face on the screen and you will need to choose which emotion you think the face is expressing, using on-screen buttons. There is also one test in which two faces will be shown and you will have to choose which one appears to you more trustworthy, dominant, and attractive.

The study will take approximately 20-25 minutes in total.

Information gathered will be kept anonymous and no identifiable data is being collected. This will only be shared between the researchers (Alexandra Fakoudi, Charlotte Way and Dr Anthony Little). Data will be kept for 10 years and then destroyed according to the University of Bath policy.   You have the right to withdraw at any time by exiting the tab in which you are participating.

Are there any risks associated with taking part in this study?
There are no identified risks in taking part in this research.

If you have any questions or concerns about the study, please contact:
Charlotte Way, caw200@bath.ac.uk Alexandra Fakoudi, af881@bath.ac.uk Dr Anthony Little, al926@bath.ac.uk


Please select all the boxes below to show that you have read and understood the following statements. By checking the boxes and pressing "Continue" below to proceed, you are providing informed consent to take part in the experiment. If you do not consent to participate, please exit the study by closing the browser window.

I confirm that I have read and understand the subject information provided for this study.

I understand that my participation in this research is entirely voluntary and I understand that I have the right to withdraw from the study at any point, without having to give a reason.

I understand and acknowledge that the investigation is designed to promote scientific knowledge and that the University of Bath will use the data I provide for no purpose other than research.

I understand that the data I provide will be kept confidential. My name and other identifying information will not be disclosed in any presentation or publication of the research.

If you have any concerns related to your participation in this study please direct them to the Department of Psychology Research Ethics Committee, email: psychology-ethics@bath.ac.uk.

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