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An exploration of the association between hypo-manic traits and exercise behaviour: the role of goals and motivation



Name of researcher: Lucy Williams

Thank you for considering taking part in the following research study. This study is a third year Clinical Psychology major research project that aims to investigate the relationships between goal setting, motivation and exercise. The measures used in this study do not require you to be exercising regularly.

Please read the following information carefully before deciding whether or not you wish to continue with participation. You can contact the researcher with any questions you may have, contact details can be found below.


What is involved with taking part?

This study is an online survey and will ask you some questions regarding a number of different areas, these include: your physical activity in the previous 7 days, reasons why you may exercise and some further questions regarding your emotions, personality and sensitivity to reward. These questions require you to either give a true/false response or a number based on rating scales. You are able to omit any answers you do not wish to give. This survey will take approximately 40 minutes.

You will then be asked to complete a follow up survey the following week; this will take approximately 5 minutes. It will ask about your physical activity and emotions over the previous week. For the follow up survey, you will be contacted by email containing a link to fill in the survey. Total participation over the two weeks should take around 45 minutes.


What will I receive for taking part?

To thank you for participating in this study, those taking part through the Psychology Research Participation Scheme will receive 1.5 course credits for completing both parts of the study, one course credit will be given for completing the first section, the other 0.5 credit given for the 5 minute follow up. Other participants will be entered into a prize draw to win one of eight £25 Amazon vouchers, you will be entered once for completing each part of the study and will therefore be entered twice for completing the entire study. It is anticipated that the chance of winning will be between 1 in 3 and 1 in 10. 


What happens to my information?

All data will be kept confidential. Your email address will be retained to send emails for the follow up survey and for you to be entered into the prize draw; they will be deleted following contact with the winners. The anonymised raw data will be retained securely for a period of 7 years. All personal data will be stored separately from the raw data collected and will only be linked by a code number. Confidentiality would only be broken under circumstances where you or someone else is believed to be at immediate risk.


Do I have to take part?

Your participation in this study is voluntary and you may omit any answers you do not wish to give or withdraw from the study at any time.


Where will the results be shown?

The results from this study aim to be published in a peer reviewed journal. The final report will also be published via Open Research Exeter (ORE). No identifying information will be included in any publication. You may contact the researcher if you wish to be provided with the findings from this study.


Contact details

If you have any questions about participating in this study or would like any further information, the researcher can be contacted by email on: