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PROJECT TITLE: Multilingual word ratings

Responsible researcher: Dr. Simon De Deyne ([email protected])
Co-investigators: A/Prof Meredith McKague ([email protected])
Ms. Yafei Yang ([email protected])


This project investigates basic properties about words such as how concrete / abstract it is or how positive / negative a word is. This allows us to test theories of how humans recognise and process language.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to answer basic demographic questions (age, gender, education, language, and location), a brief vocabulary test and a short personality questionnaire. Instructions will explain what word properties you need to judge. For example, you might be asked to judge the concreteness of the word “dog” on a scale from 1 to 7 or asked to rank it among a list of alternatives.

What are the risks?

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.

What are the benefits?

You will be REP course credit in exchange for participating in this study. The outcomes of this study will be used to address questions about the nature of how words and their meaning are processed and represented, which will be presented at conferences, in proceedings papers and journal articles. The processed data will be made available to other researchers interested in studying word meaning either as supplemental materials of journal articles or available for download.

How would my confidentiality be protected?

The confidentiality of your data is protected subject to legal limitations. We will not ask you any personal identifying information. We will ask you location information, from which we will derive the city and region. You are free to choose whether you agree to share this information. This allows us to consider the effects of local language differences. We also ask some demographic (age, gender, education, native language) and basic personality information. None of this information would allow us to identify any one person.

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 person, since nobody will know whether you took part or not.

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 with ID 1853258.1 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 (1853258.1).

Consent to participate in study

I understand that this project is for research purposes, funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC DE 140101749). In this project I will be required to answer a few optional demographic questions followed by a personality and vocabulary questionnaire and then answer questions about word properties. 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 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 any person.

I will be compensated proportionally to the length of the task I choose. Checks will be performed to verify whether the responses are given are reasonable. I accept that approval for compensation is subject on these checks.

I have been informed that the data from this research will be stored at the University of Melbourne and will only be accessible by the named researchers on this form. Upon completion of the study, a summary of these data will be made available at the Computational Cognitive Science webpage. I have been informed that the confidentiality of the information I provide will be safeguarded subject to any legal requirements. My data is anonymous and not linked to any personal information at any time.

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