Plain language statement

PROJECT TITLE: Semantic Representations in Bilingual Speakers

Responsible researcher: Dr. Amy Perfors ([email protected], Tel: +61 (0)3 8344 400)
Co-investigator: Dr. Simon De Deyne ([email protected]) Mr. Chuyin Zhang (Honours student)


We would like to invite you to participate in a project investigating word meanings. This study aims to investigate semantic factors that influence Chinese-English bilingual speakers’ understanding of words.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire that involves answering basic demographic questions (age, gender, education, language, and location) and questions about your language history. Then, you will complete a lexical judgment task in which you will see a string of letters and decide if it’s an English word. After that, you will do a relatedness judgment task. In each trial, you will see a cue word and a number of alternative words. Your task is to pick out one word that is most related to the cue word, one word that is second-most related to the cue word, and one word that is third-most related to the cue word from the alternative words. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers. Please just FOLLOW YOUR INTUITION and DO NOT think too much about your decisions.

What are the risks?

Risks are minimal. The whole task will take about 1 hours. The task is easy but can be repetitive if you do it for a long time. As with all work, a short break can reduce the risks of fatigue.

What are the benefits?

If you finish all the tasks, you will be awarded at the rate of 1 REP credit per hour in exchange for participating in this study. The outcomes of this study will be greatly useful for future research investigating languages and bilingualism. The data will be presented at conferences, in proceedings papers, theses, and journal articles and will be made available to other researchers in anonymous form.

How would my confidentiality be protected?

The confidentiality of your data is protected subject to legal limitations. We will not ask you any personally identifying information. We will ask you location information, from which we will derive the city and region, and also some basic demographic information (age, gender, education, native language). You are free to choose whether you agree to share this information. None of this information would allow us to identify any one person. The raw data will be stored on password-protected online databases accessible only to the researchers. The datasets will not be destroyed. The data may be used to other studies and be made available to the research community in line with the current guidelines of Open Science / Open Access. Identifiable data will never be stored.

What if I want to withdraw from the Research?

Participation in this research is completely voluntary. You are free to withdraw at any time and to withdraw any unprocessed data previously supplied. This would have no effect on your relationship with any member of the School of Psychological Sciences. It would not affect your grades, assessment or any treatment that you would otherwise be eligible for.

Where can I get further information?

If you have not understood any of this information please contact any of the researchers listed above. This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this research project, which you do not wish to discuss with the research team, you should contact the Manager, Human Research Ethics, Office for Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010. Tel: +61 3 8344 2073 or Fax: +61 3 9347 6739 or Email: [email protected] All complaints will be treated confidentially. In any correspondence please provide the name of the research team or the name or ethics ID number of the research project (HREC 2056695.1).

Consent to participate in study

I understand that this project is for research purposes only.
In this project, I will be required to answer demographic/language history questions, complete a lexical judgment task, and a relatedness judgment task. The details of these have been explained in the Plain Language Statement.
I understand that there are no anticipated risks involved in participating in this research project. To minimize the risk of fatigue, I can interrupt and continue the online task at my own convenience.
My participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw from the project at any time without explanation or prejudice and to withdraw any unprocessed data I have provided. Withdrawing from the project will not affect my relationship with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. Specifically, it will not affect any ongoing assessment/grades or treatment that I would otherwise be eligible for.

If I finish all the tasks, I will be awarded at the rate of 1 REP credit per hour in exchange for my participation.

I have been informed that the raw data from this research will be stored at the University of Melbourne and will only be accessible by the named researchers on this form. Anonymised data may be made available to other researchers and the results will be published in conferences and journals and made available on the authors’ websites.I have been informed that the confidentiality of the information I provide will be safeguarded subject to any legal requirements; my raw data will be password protected and accessible only by the named researchers.

By checking “Agree” and clicking “proceed”, I confirm that I have read and understood the explanations and I voluntarily consent to participate in this study.