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Make the face attractive - Perception Lab

Make the face attractive

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Project Title

Make the face attractive

What is the study about?

The study investigates perceived trait in faces across cultural backgrounds. The whole experiment will last approximately 30 minutes. The study is being conducted as part of Jing Ma’s PhD Thesis in the School of Psychology, University of St Andrews.

Do I have to take Part?

No. This information sheet has been written to help you decide if you would like to take part. It is up to you and you alone whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be free to withdraw at any time without providing a reason.

What would I be required to do?

You will make social judgments for faces (e.g., how dominant is this person? Is this face a business leader or not a leader, etc.) You will complete a questionnaire containing questions about age, ethnicity, and so on. You can omit answers to any questions you feel uncomfortable with.

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*Note the information in sections “Information You Give Us” and “Automatic Information,” which outlines information attached to MTurk worker data such as internet protocol (IP) address, social security number, bank account information, etc.

Will my participation be Anonymous and Confidential?

Only the researchers and supervisor will have access to the data, which will be kept strictly confidential and secure. Whilst every care will be taken to ensure that your data remains confidential, you should bear in mind that the internet is not a completely secure environment. However, your identity (IP address) is not stored, so no data stored on our server can be linked to you. Your permission may be sought in the Participation Consent form for the data you provide to be used for future scholarly purposes.

Storage and Destruction of Data Collected

The data we collect will be accessible by the researcher(s) and supervisor(s) involved in this study only, unless explicit consent for wider access is given by means of the consent form.

Data can be a valuable resource for future scholarly studies - therefore, we ask your consent to maintain it. Your data will be stored in an anonymized form an on a computer system for a period of at least 5 years before being destroyed. Again, we stress that all information is kept confidential, and the analyses of data are done without knowledge of individual identities.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The results will be finalised by 2017 and written up as part of a PhD thesis.

Are there any potential risks to taking part?


Consent and Approval

This research proposal has been scrutinised and been granted Ethical Approval through the University ethical approval process.

What should I do if I have concerns about this study?

A full outline of the procedures governed by the University Teaching and Research Ethical Committee is available at


If you have any questions about this study, the results or your involvement, please feel free to email the researchers.

Contact Details

Researcher: Jing R. Ma (

Supervisor: Prof. David I. Perrett (