Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford
South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UD, UK
Study Title: Network Effect In Human Pair Choice: Advising a Hypothetical Friend
Approved by the Oxford Ethics Committee, ref no. MSD-IDREC-C1-2015-005.
Why is this study being carried out?
People use a wide range of factors when they decide to form a lasting romantic bond with others. Some of these factors are universal among all people, while some others are unique to specific cultures. In this study we are asking to what extent a person's social network affects their choice of who they form romantic relationships with.
What do we want to do?
This is a purely questionnaire study. First, you will be asked to provide some basic details about your age, gender, and mother tongue. Afterwards we are going to ask you to advise a hypothetical friend in a decision to choose a romantic partner.
Why have you been invited?
You have been invited as a member of the general public.
Do you have to take part?
No, taking part in the study is entirely voluntary. If you do agree to take part, we will ask you to indicate your consent to take part on the next form. You are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason. If you change your mind, you may withdraw at any time without incurring any penalty.
What it would involve for you:
Once you have indicated your consent to take part, you will be asked to click on a url that will take you through to the questionnaire. Here you will answer online a number of questions about yourself and advise a hypothetical friend in decisions concerning potential and hypothetical romantic partners. The whole exercise should take only about 20 minutes.
What disadvantages or risks does the study involve for you?
Participant involvement is limited to answering questionnaires. The computer collates your responses automatically and anonymously. Your responses are strictly confidential and no identifying material will be linked to your responses or to you.
What are the benefits for you?
There are no direct benefits from taking part in this study.