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Rights and Responsibilities/FAQ
Before participating in a marketing study in the Behavioral
Lab participants are required to sign an Informed Consent form that outlines your
rights and responsibilities as a participant and answers several of the
questions that you may have. These questions include:
General Information - What is the purpose of these studies?
These are research studies being conducted by faculty and Ph.D. students
at the University of Maryland. Research studies are
designed to obtain new knowledge. This new information may help people in
the future. It is important that you understand this information so
that you can make an informed choice about participating in research
What will I be asked to do?
You will receive 1 hour’s worth of course credit for completing this
study. In any particular session, studies may be related to each other, or
they may be unrelated. They are grouped into a “session” since some studies
may require only a few minutes. In general, these are studies that deal with
issues of importance to researchers in the
School, such as marketing, consumer preferences
for different kinds of information, impression formation, decision-making,
and so forth. Some may ask you to respond to hypothetical scenarios, make
decisions among actual products, interact with other participants, or simply
provide your preferences among alternatives. Before you sign an informed consent form, the researcher(s) running this
study will give you more information about the types of tasks you will be
asked to complete and how long the study will take. You will be
provided with a separate listing of the individual studies that are involved
in this particular session, contact information for the researchers in case
you have specific questions about one or more of the studies, and additional
information to help you understand the research more thoroughly, once you
What are the benefits
of this research?
Research is designed to benefit society by gaining new knowledge.
Though you may not receive any direct benefit from participating in a study,
you will learn more about the kinds of research conducted by faculty and
graduate students in the Robert H. Smith Business
School, and about the
various topics in this particular session.
What about confidentiality?
All information collected in the study is confidential to the extent
permitted by law. Please note that the data you provide will be grouped with
data others provide for reporting and presentation, and that your name will
not be used in any presentation of these results.
Do I have to be in this research? May I stop participating at any
Participation is completely voluntary. You are free to ask questions and
refrain from answering any question that makes you uncomfortable. You
can also withdraw from any study at any time and without penalty.
Age of Subject
By signing an informed consent form, you state that you are over 18 years
of age and wish to participate in a program of research being conducted at
the R. H. Smith School of Business, University
College Park, MD.