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Person Perception

Information Letter

Dear Participant,



My name is Kayla Tamas.  I am a graduate student in the Psychology Department at the University of South Carolina Aiken. I am conducting a research study as part of the requirements of my master’s degree in Applied Clinical Psychology, and I would like to invite you to participate. My faculty mentor is Dr. Adam Pazda, Assistant Professor of Psychology at USC Aiken.


I am studying how people form impressions of others based on written descriptions of their attributes.  If you decide to participate, you will be asked to read descriptions of multiple different individuals and then rate them on a variety of different characteristics. You will also be asked to answer some questions about yourself, including your age, sex, ethnicity, etc., though you are free to decline to answer any of these. I estimate that 200 participants will take part in this study and it should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.


Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary. You are free to not participate or to withdraw at any time, for whatever reason, without penalty. Furthermore, your responses to this survey will be anonymous. No identifying information will be collected.


I will be happy to answer any questions you have about the study.  You may contact me at or my faculty mentor, Dr. Adam Pazda at if you have study related questions or problems.  If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Office of Research Compliance at the University of South Carolina at 803-777-7095.



Warm Regards,

Kayla Tamas

Graduate Student, M.S. Applied Clinical Psychology


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