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Appendix B: Behavioural code participants

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Appendix B: Behavioural code participants

The researcher is required to inform the participants of their obligations (these are published on signs in each lab room). Please note that this is not the same as informed consent, in which the rights of participants are protected. In the behavioural code the obligations of participants are described, such as the promise to seriously participate in research. The behavioural code protects the research quality and helps the experimenter to point out unruly behaviour of participants. If someone signs up for the participant tool via , one agrees with the preconditions as outlined in appendix A of this document. They then confirm to be aware of their rights and obligations as participants. A researcher can refer to these obligations, if he/she has the impression that participants are not participating seriously.

If participant register via, they agree with the following conditions:



To register yourself in the Subject pool of the UvA you have to complete the registration form. If you have completed this form, you will receive an email with the confirmation of your registration. In this email, you also will find your login information, which gives access to your personal page. On this personal page, you will find the intake-questionnaire. If you complete this questionnaire, you can also participate in internet- and lab research that is rewarded by a monetary compensation. The more information you provide, the better we can match research invitations to your interests.

Registration does not require you to do anything. You can cancel your Subject pool registration at any time.

Personal page

If you log in, you will access your personal page. On this page, you will find the following:

      • Personal information and preferences, these can be altered at any time.

      • Links that provide you with more information about research projects and via which you can apply for participation.

      • The possibility to contact the manager of the Subject pool.

      • An overview of studies you are participating in.

Subscription for research participation

You can choose yourself in which study you would like to participate, but you can also be invited for participation in a study. Invitations will be sent to you by email. In this email, you will find a link to the study.

Cancel your participation

If you have subscribed for participation in a study, there is always the option to cancel your participation. This is possible by sending a cancellation message via your personal page. This has to be done at least 24 hours before the time of participation. If you participate in fMRI-research, the cancellation period is 48 hours. Renting an fMRI-scanner is expensive. By cancelling your participation at least 48 hours in advance you provide the researcher with the possibility to find another research participant.


There exist both paid (monetary reward) studies and unpaid studies (the reward is research credits for students) studies. If it is a paid study, the reward is mentioned. Some researchers pay in cash, some use the option to pay via bank transfer. To make the payment we need some information and a copy of your identification card. Without this information, we cannot complete any payment.


As a research participant, you have many rights, for example you can stop participation at any time during the study. However, you also have obligations. You are expected to seriously participate and to fully commit yourself to the study. It is important to follow the instructions of the researcher and answer questions truthfully. It is important that you follow the rules of participation because otherwise data are not or less valid.

Research results

In some studies, you will receive feedback of the results for example via email. This is often the case when surveys (questionnaires) are used. There are also studies in which your results will be incorporated in a scientific article of research dissertation. These are published (much) later.

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The research lab carefully manages all information. By completing the registration form you agree that your personal information is stored anonymously in a database. This information will only be used for scientific research purposes.

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