We would like to invite you to participate in this research project. You should only participate if you want to; choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in any way. Before you decide whether you want to take part, it is important for you to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or you would like more information (for contact see our e-mail addresses below).

Details of Study

The goal of the proposed research project is to provide comprehensive knowledge of the interaction between individual differences in primary emotional systems and stuttering, which will lead to a better understanding of the speech disorder stuttering. All relevant variables are measured via self-report in the present study.Primary emotional systems are anchored in subcortical areas of the human brain and their proper functioning is an essential part for well-being in every human being. As this is a case-control study, we ask both persons who stutter and persons who do not stutter to participate.

You will be asked to fill out the questionnaires on the next page, which will approximately take 20 minutes. The participation is anonymous.
The participation is fully voluntarily.

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you choose not to participate it will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. If you decide to take part you will be given this information sheet to keep and be asked to sign a consent form. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.

All data will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Upon participating in the present study I agree that I have

-  read the information above.

-  had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the study (via e-mail)

-  received satisfactory answers to all my questions or have been advised of an individual to contact for answers to pertinent questions about the research and my rights as a participant.

I understand that the information I have submitted will be published as a report and I will be sent a copy, if I wish to (again contact us via e-mail if you like).  Confidentiality and anonymity will be maintained and it will not be possible to identify me from any publications.

I understand that I am free to withdraw from the study without penalty if I so wish and I consent to the processing of my personal information for the purposes of this study only and that it will not be used for any other purpose. I understand that such information will be treated as strictly confidential and handled in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Principal investigators of the study are:

Dr. Susanne Cook
susanne.cook@me.com
Charley Adams, PhD
charley@sc.edu
PD Dr. Christian Montag
christian.montag@uni-bonn-diff.de