Plain language statement

PROJECT TITLE: Translation Recognition in Mandarin-English bilinguals

Responsible researcher: Dr. Simon De Deyne ([email protected], Tel: +61 (0)3 8344 400)
Co-investigator: A/Prof Amy Perfors ([email protected]) Miss Wei Yao ([email protected])


We would like to invite you to participate in a project investigating second language processing and translation recognition. Participation in this study is completely anonymous, and any Mandarin-English bilingual speaker is welcome to contribute.

What will I be asked to do?

You will first be asked to complete a few demographic questions (age, gender and language) followed by the translation recognition task. In this task you will see a series of word pairs, each with one word in Chinese and the other in English. For each word pair, you will need to decide whether the words are plausible translations of one another. Following that, you will be instructed to complete an English language proficiency task and an online questionnaire about your language history and an English vocabulary test. There are no right or wrong answers in these tasks, as it is not focusing on your language proficiency and will not affect any ongoing assessment or grades. Please just do your best and pay attention but give your natural response without overthinking too much.

What are the risks?

Risks are minimal. The entire experiment takes 50 minutes and the translation recognition task does take 30 minutes or so and thus represents a time investment. The task is easy but requires concentration as reaction times are measured. As with all work, a short break between tasks can reduce risks of fatigue.

What are the benefits?

You will be awarded 1 course credit 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 and journal articles and will be made available to other researchers either as supplemental materials of journal articles or as a downloadable file available on publicly accessible websites (

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 some basic demographic information (age, gender, education, and location). 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 data will be stored on password-protected online databases accessible only to the named researchers. The datasets will not be destroyed and may be used for future research.

What if I want to withdraw from the Research?

Participation in this research is completely voluntary. You are free to withdraw at any time without penalty (other than not getting course credit). Your data will not be used in the full sample unless you complete the experiment. 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 2056705).

Consent to participate in study

I understand that this project is for research purposes only. It is expected that the results of this study will be presented at conferences and published in a peer-reviewed journal In this project I will be required to answer demographic/language history questions, complete a language proficiency task, and a translation recognition task. The details of this have been explained in the Plain Language Statement shown above. 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 I would otherwise be eligible for.

I will be compensated with 1 course credit in exchange for my participation. 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 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 will be password protected and accessible only by the named researchers.

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