Information Sheet


We would like to invite you to participate in this study. First of all, please have a read of this Information Sheet to help you decide if you would like to take part in this short online survey. If you have any questions, please email one of the researchers named at the bottom of the page.

What is the purpose of the study?

You are being invited to take part in a research study which investigates how individual differences in music use and personality influence our mental health. We are interested in how you use music as a source to cope with stress and regulate mood in everyday life. 

Who is organizing this research?

The research is organized by Alice Shen (a postgraduate student) and supervised by Dr. Stella Chan at University of Edinburgh.

Am I eligible to participate?

Providing you are aged 16 and over, you may take part.

Do I have to take part in this research?

No. Taking part in this research is entirely up to you. You are free to discontinue the study at any time, and if you decide to do so, you will not need to give a reason.

What will happen if I take part?

We will ask you to complete 7 questionnaires taking 20 minutes in total.

What are the risks for me in taking part in this study?

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee at the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh. We do not think there is any risk to you in taking part, but you are free to stop participating at any time. Please you have any ethics concern, please contact committee:  

What are the possible benefits of taking part in this study?

This study will help us to better understand how individual difference in music preference and personal factors and how this interaction influences our mental health. We hope that you might find the tasks as enjoyable and interesting as we do.

Finally, there will be a £30 lucky draw. You will have the opportunity at the end of the study to choose whether or not you would like to enter it.

Will my taking part in this study be confidential?

Yes. All the information we collect from you will be wholly confidential, kept securely on a password-protected server at the University of Edinburgh, and only accessible by the researchers in this study. The data, as presented in any report or publication, will not be personally-identifiable. We will not ask for your name.

We will ask you if you would like to share an email address with us. This will only be requested if you decide to enter the lucky draw of £30 so that we can inform you in the event that you win. If you do decide to share your email address with us for the purpose of the lucky draw, we will also ask you whether you would like to hear about our future research via email. This is entirely up to you. If you choose to be informed about our future research, please note that you are not obliged in any way to participate. If you would prefer not to hear about future research, we will not contact you at any point unless you win the lucky draw, and your email address will be treated wholly confidentially. All email address will be separated from individual data sets and deleted at the end of the study.

What if there is a problem?        

If you have any worries about this research, please do not hesitate to contact my research supervisor Dr. Stella Chan ( However, if you are still unhappy and would like to raise a formal complaint, please contact:

Professor Charlotte Clarke

Tel: 44 (0)131 650 4327

Address: Doorway 6, Teviot Medical Quad, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9AG

How can I take part in this research?

To take part in this research, simply click Next.

If you would like to ask a question, please send an email to one of the researchers below:

Alice Shen –

Stella Chan –