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Investigation into the effects of a chat tool on human dialogue and problem-solving

Tuesday 26 April 2016

We are recruiting participants for a study investigating problem solving techniques, in which participants discuss a hypothetical moral situation in pairs via a chat tool. 

It should take about 45 minutes and will be completed in the Computer Science Building, Mile End campus on 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, and 12 May. We are asking individuals to come along with a friend* at a time that suits them at various times over the next few weeks.

*Eligibility criteria: 
English must be your first language in order to take part in this study. 

This study is for two people, so we are recruiting pairs of people.

We will give you each £7.50 for your time. 

If you and a friend would like to take part, please email s.concannon@qmul.ac.uk with a rough indication of availability. Please also include a contact telephone number.

More information is below.


We would like to invite you to participate in this original research project. You should only participate if you want to; choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in any way. Your decision will not affect anything concerning your studies at Queen Mary. Before you decide whether you want to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what your participation will involve.

Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. If you do decide to take part, please let us know beforehand if you have been involved in any other study during the last year.

We are investigating the usability of a network-based chat program in order to study the effect on the way people interact with each other, and would like to ask you to participate in a study using this program. Your task will involve solving a number of problems via the chat program. In total, this task should take approximately one hour. Afterwards we welcome any feedback about your experience using the program. The conversation will be recorded and kept for study. The records will be anonymous: when you begin the task you will be asked to choose a nickname for the chat, and your real name will not be stored in the records.

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be given this information sheet to keep and be asked to sign a consent form. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. In particular, after the tasks are complete you will be able to decide whether you are happy for the recorded conversation to be studied and stored. There are no anticipated risks, inconveniences or discomfort that may result from participation in this research. However, you are free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. 

In the event of you suffering any adverse effects as a consequence of your participation in this study, you will be compensated through Queen Mary University of London’s ‘No Fault Compensation Scheme’.

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