Speaker perception

Introduction
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Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in this survey about how we hear speakers. If you are not 18 years old or older, please exit the survey now. Thank you.

In addition to being 18 years old or older, those eligible to participate in this study have no hearing impairment. If you do not meet these criteria, please exit now. Thank you.

Qualified respondents may fill out this survey during the data collection period of November 2010 through January 2011.

Your answers will be completely anonymous and encrypted, and you will never be identified in any report based on this survey. No information will be retained that links you or your computer to this study. The information from this survey will be kept confidential.

The researcher in this study is linguist Vica Papp MA, MA, MSc, of Houston, TX. She is interested in how we hear speakers and what we can tell about them just by listening to them. She will use your input as raw data for her PhD dissertation, post-doctoral work, as well as academic presentations and journal articles about human perception.

The time required to complete the survey is less than 20 minutes. It is important to complete your survey during one log-in session as once you log out, you cannot return to complete the survey and your answers are lost. Please be sure you will have enough time before you begin, or plan to keep the survey window open until you have completed your answers.

This study is voluntary, which means you have the right to decline to answer any question, and you may withdraw from participation at any time during the survey, although I hope you will respond to every question.

You will not receive any direct benefit from participating, but often people feel good when they are able to share their experiences with others. You may be also pleased that the public will benefit from your participation in this study. Your answers will help us to better understand the voice-related aspects of speakers' identities.

Contacts and Questions

This study has been reviewed and approved by Rice University's Institutional Review Board. The IRB Approval Number is 11-072E.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this study or your participation in this study, you may contact the researcher conducting this study, Vica Papp, by email at vica@rice.edu or by phone (832-788-2698). Please ask any questions you have prior to your entering into the study. If you have questions later, you may contact either Vica Papp by email or by regular mail at 6100 Main St MS-23, Houston TX 77005. The faculty supervisor of this project is Dr. Katherine Crosswhite. You may also contact her for further information about the study at crosswhi@rice.edu. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact Rice University's Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) at 6100 Main Street, MS-16 Houston, TX 77005, by phone (713-348-4820) or by fax (713-348-5425).

By clicking [NEXT] below, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the above information, you are 18 years old or older, you have no hearing impairment, and you freely consent to respond to this survey.

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