The following information describes the research study in which you are being asked to take part. Please read the information carefully.
PURPOSE: Learning π (Pi) to many decimal places is a fun and challenging task. There are ways that can be used to help enhance memory. We think using specific learnt color associations in with other strategies may help increase the number of digits of π remembered. Training π takes time and patience; therefore, participants need a genuine interest in learning π. This research study is sponsored by Aalborg University and the University of Miami.
PROCEDURES: The research will be conducted at the following location(s): Online, The Brogaard Lab for Multisensory Research, University of Miami, and Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Aalborg University.
40 participants will take part in the study.
This is an online study. First, you will have your memory of π (testing duration depends on number of digits known) and color experiences (~20 minutes) measured. Next, you will be introduced to techniques to remember π via Skype conversation and a leaflet. You will be asked to learn π using the training materials provided on your own time. You can expect to use ~10 minutes a day for 12 weeks learning π. After 4, 8 and 12 weeks progress will be measured though retest of π. In week 12, color experiences will be measured again. You will be asked to complete a brief interview of experiences during the study. With your permission, Skype conversations will be recorded for audio only.
RISKS AND/OR DISCOMFORTS:We do not think there is more risk from this study then other general computer activities. Remember to sit comfortably and take breaks when you need. You can email the researchers with any questions that you have.
BENEFITS: You will receive no direct benefit from your time in this study. However, your participation may help researchers better understand how grapheme-color associations can aid memory.
CONFIDENTIALITY: o The results will be stored in password-protected computers or in a locked filing cabinet in the researchers' office.o Only the researchers will have access to the results.o If anyone else looks at the data, they will first be stripped of any identifying information.o If any information is used for presentations or research articles, the results will first be stripped of identifying information. Quotes from the interview or color experiences may be presented but without individually identifiable information.
COMPENSATION: There will not be compensation.
RIGHT TO DECLINE OR WITHDRAW: Your participation in this study is voluntary. You are free to refuse to take part in the study or leave at any time. The investigator reserves the right to remove you without your consent at such time that she feels it is in the best interest for you.
If you are an employee or student at University of Miami or Aalborg University, your desire not to participate in this study or request to withdraw will not adversely affect your status as an employee or grades at the University of Miami or Aalborg University.
CONTACT INFORMATION: The researchers will gladly answer any questions you may have concerning the purpose, procedures, and outcome of this project. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject you may contact Human Subjects Research Office at the University of Miami, at (305) 243-3195.